Dental Implants – Annapolis, MD
The Ultimate Tooth Replacement Method
While there are many options to choose from when it comes to replacing teeth, dental implants in Annapolis, MD are unique because of how they restore the tooth root, not solely the crown portion that makes up your smile. The replacement root is made from solid titanium, which is 100 percent biocompatible, sturdy, and feels natural. This and many other restorative benefits are why we recommend dental implants at Neil W Vanik, DDS PA. Contact our dental office today to learn your eligibility.
Why Choose Neil W Vanik, DDS PA for Dental Implants?
- Custom-Made Restorations Created by Dental Professionals
- Partners with Highly-Trained Oral Surgeons
- Capable of Replacing Single, Multiple and All Teeth via Implants
Benefits of Dental Implants
The benefits of dental implants are hardly skin-deep. When you choose them to replace teeth over more traditional methods, you’re doing your long-term oral health and quality of life a big favor. As you learn more about dental implants from our team, you’ll quickly start to realize why so many people are pursuing them to replace teeth (as well as why so many dentists are recommending them!)
- Those who receive dental implants are capable of eating all the foods they want, including tough or crunchy foods like steak or apples. Chewing truly feels natural through and through because this specific integration takes place.
- Dental implants provide the most natural-looking esthetics possible (thanks to the porcelain material utilized). That means you can rest knowing that your new smile via dental implants will give your confidence and self-esteem a boost!
- Practicing oral hygiene habits (such as brushing and flossing) feel no different with dental implants compared to having natural teeth. Since dental implants are also not meant to be removable, there’s no need to worry about taking them out just to ensure they are thoroughly clean.
- Our dentists do not need to modify existing tooth structures to place and restore dental implants. This cannot be said for dental bridges, which require removing enamel from existing natural teeth just to make them fit.
- Maintaining a balanced diet can be difficult when you have dentures because many foods that would be good for your oral and overall health are too crunchy or chewy to break down. With dental implants, expanding your diet to include many different foods is easier compared to having a denture.
- Those who have missing teeth generally have a lower lifespan as well. Dental implants make your smile complete, ensuring you can live your life to the absolute fullest!
- When you replace the entire root structure of teeth, you’re not solely restoring your smile’s appearance. In fact, you’re providing stimulation to your bone tissue, which in turn keeps your biting force strong. This also means you’re able to maintain your existing bone tissue as well as properly digest your favorite foods!
- Dental implants are the longest-lasting solution for tooth loss. On average, they last between 30 years and a lifetime, which is even longer than other methods like dental bridges and dentures.
- With a success rate as high as 98 percent, you can expect your tooth replacement to be reliable and withstand the test of time regardless of how many teeth you need to replace.
Indications for Dental Implants
If you have good oral health and enough bone inside your jaw, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to begin your dental implant treatment! If you need to replace single teeth, multiple teeth, or all the teeth in your smile, you can get it done via dental implants.
Missing Single Tooth
To replace one tooth, a titanium implant is placed inside of the jaw and given time to heal. Once the bone and soft tissue has formed around the implant, we can place an abutment (connector which stabilizes the restoration) and a porcelain crown. We use porcelain because of how closely it resembles natural tooth enamel.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Dental bridges can be customized to fit on top of dental implants. Not only does this mean you can replace multiple teeth at a time via dental implants, but you can maintain the natural structure of your neighboring teeth in the process! Implant-retained bridges can be used to replace two or more consecutive teeth.
Missing All Teeth
Whether you’re getting your first denture or you’re tired of your current one, it can be customized to snap on top of dental implants. This method is feasible for both full and partial dentures and capable of being fixed or removable, depending on your preference.
How Dental Implants Work
A dental implant is a titanium root replacement. Like a tooth root, a dental implant is secured in the jawbone and is not visible once placed surgically. Dental implants are used to anchor the crown (the visible part of a tooth), bridgework, or dentures. Titanium and titanium alloys are lightweight and strong and have great corrosion resistance, making them inert biomaterial (which means they will not change or be rejected after being implanted in the body) Titanium and titanium alloys are used in both dental and other bone implants, such as orthopedic joint replacements.
The successful osseointegration (fusion with the bone) of titanium is the biological basis of dental implant success. That’s because when teeth are lost, the bone that supported those teeth gradually erodes as well. Placing dental implants stabilizes the bone, preventing its loss. Along with replacing lost teeth, implants help maintain the stability of the jawbone, support the facial shape and, indirectly, the soft tissue structures of gum tissues, cheeks, and lips. Dental implants will help you to eat, chew, smile, and talk comfortably and naturally.
Once the specialist has placed your implant (or implants), 4 to 6 months are required for osseointegration. When the implants have been successfully integrated, our doctors take an impression to begin restorative work for the crown (the visible part of the tooth). At the final appointment 2-3 weeks later, your new custom crown is ready to be attached to the implant. Other timelines apply for implant-supported dentures.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
If you’ve ever asked a dentist how much dental implants cost over the phone, you probably didn’t get a clear answer. The fact is every patient’s dental implant treatment is unique. Costs are largely determined by the number of implants being placed, the restoration used, and the preparatory treatments needed to make placement possible. If dental implants seem expensive, keep in mind that they are considered a long-term investment that lasts for decades.