Are you living without your teeth and feeling frustrated about not being able to eat your favorite foods? Is it harder for you to talk without the presence of your digits? Your local dentist says you don’t have to continue living like this because there are options available for replacing your missing teeth. Keep reading to find out about dental implants in Annapolis and the other options available for getting brand-new teeth, so you can enjoy a rich and full life!
What are Dental Implants?
One way to replace your missing teeth is to have dental implants inserted. Made from titanium, dental implants are surgically inserted posts that act as replacements for your missing teeth roots. They are attached to the underlying jaw bone and fuse with the same through a process called osseointegration.
A titanium anchor is later attached to each implant that allows a restoration to be added to fully restore the missing tooth.
The dental implant procedure is unmatched when it comes to providing security and stability to your facial structure. This is because it restores the natural tension missing from your vacated teeth roots.
Royal Treatment with a Dental Crown
One of the most widely-used prosthetics, the dental crown is unique in that it can be used in conjunction with a dental implant to replace a missing tooth or it can be used singularly to restore a weak or badly decayed tooth.
Made from high-grade porcelain, the crown provides aesthetic benefits along with being a restorative application. Your dentist will first shape the existing tooth so the new crown will fit properly and then will take bite impressions that will be used to create the new restoration. Once the tooth-colored crown returns from fabrication, it will be bonded using dental cement.
Bridging the Gap Left by Missing Teeth
A final method for replacing missing teeth is to have a dental bridge placed. It is typically used to replace one to three missing teeth and consists of a series of porcelain crowns made into one fixture that matches the color and shape of your existing teeth.
The fixture is bonded to your other teeth using dental cement to prevent any slipping. Here are some of the advantages of choosing this route:
- It’s a non-invasive way to replace missing teeth.
- It doesn’t require a healing process.
- It provides a faster way of replacing your teeth.
To find out whether an implant, bridge or dental crown in Annapolis is right for you, contact your local dentist to schedule an examination. With the expert help you’ll receive, you can soon be back to leading a full, productive and happy life!
About the Author
Dr. Barry Grosshandler earned his dental degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He has since gone on to complete post-doctoral training at the prestigious LD Pankey Institute, which has contributed to him becoming an authority in restorative dentistry. Dr. Grosshandler replaces missing teeth at his private practice, and he can be reached for more information through his website.