If you need a tooth extraction, will you spend the rest of your life with a smile gap? Thankfully, modern dentistry offers a lifelike tooth replacement--the dental implant. Placed in the empty socket by your Easton, MD, dentist, Dr. Kristine Houck Morris, a dental implant restores full oral function and smile aesthetics. Plus, this artificial tooth bolsters jaw bone strength and size. Find out more here.
What happens when you lose a tooth?
Several things do, and none of them are good:
- You have a big, unsightly gap.
- You cannot bite, chew or speak as well as you did.
- The bone and gum tissue degrade around the empty socket because there are no tooth roots to provide stimulation.
- Neighboring natural teeth weaken and move toward the empty space.
How a dental implant can help
A dental implant can fill that gap--literally. Its foundational component is a titanium screw surgically inserted into the jaw bone by Dr. Morris. After the implant has bonded with the jawbone--usually taking several weeks or months--Dr. Morris attaches a metal alloy abutment and custom-fabricated porcelain crown. A dental implant is a complete tooth replacement which actually improves jaw bone density, reinforces the position of adjoining teeth and looks, acts and feels like a real tooth.
How does a dental implant do all that? The secret is something called osseointegration, the process whereby human bone bonds to the titanium in the implant device. The National Center for Biotechnology Information states that osseointegration is complete when there is no movement between the implant and the bone in which it resides. A sufficient bond takes weeks to form, but when complete, it provides a solid foundation for the post and crown which Dr. Morris attaches to the implant.
Can you get an implant?
Most people can if they have enough bond in their jaws. Dr. Morris carefully examines her prospective implant patients and X-rays the bone to see if it is dense and capable of carrying the substantial forces biting and chewing exert. If you pass this test, expect a comfortable procedure which places the titanium implant into the bone. Your dentist will finish the procedure when she is satisfied that the bone and device are integrated fully.
In addition, you should know that dental implants can support fixed bridges and dentures, too. So if you ever suffer more extensive tooth loss, implants could solve the problem and give you a durable, long-lasting, attractive smile once again.
Dr. Kristine Houck Morris restores numerous smiles to full health and functionality. Could yours be next? Find out more about innovative dental implants and how they can renew your smile. Call our office team today for a consultation with Dr. Morris: (410) 770-9211.