What are Dental Implants?
The loss of teeth in the mouth does more than affect the appearance of the smile. Missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to move out of position. In the past, the only option for people who lost one or more teeth was to get a set of dentures or have a bridge anchored to the remaining teeth. Implants are more secure in the mouth than either of these options because the implant is fused with the jaw to make a permanent anchor point in the mouth for a new tooth or to hold one side of a bridge.
Who Benefits from Dental Implants?
Dental implants can help those who need to replace a single lost tooth or bridge and are healthy enough to undergo dental surgery in the Baltimore area.
Who Cannot Have Dental Implants?
Not everyone is qualified to have dental implants. Those with immune system problems or other chronic conditions should discuss with their local dentist.
What Happens During the Procedure?
The first portion of having a dental implant is the surgery required to install the titanium post in the jaw. After this procedure, a waiting period follows to allow the jaw to grow around the titanium to fuse it with the bone. Once this happens, the abutment is placed just below the gum to hold the top, tooth-colored crown securely in place. It may also be used as the anchor if the dentist is putting a bridge in the mouth.
How Long Does Recovery Take?
The recovery from the surgical portion of the procedure may take from 6 to 12 weeks to allow the jawbone to fuse properly to the post. During this time, some minor pain may be felt, but because every patient is different, concerns should be discussed with the general dentist or family dentist doing the procedure.
Where to Get Dental Implants in Baltimore
Dr. Ed Lazer’s Baltimore dental office offers dental implants. His office uses Nobel Biocare technology to improve results and increase patient comfort. For more information about dental implants in Baltimore, contact Dr. Ed Lazer’s office.