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Dental Implants

Senior couple smilingReplacing missing teeth used to mean restoring only those parts of the teeth visible above the gum line. Dental implant supported tooth replacement is the only restoration option that replaces both the roots and the crowns of missing teeth. Your trusted Annapolis dentist, Dr. Barry Grosshandler, offers a wide range of tooth replacement options including the versatile, effective dental implant retained prosthetics. Contact our Annapolis dentist and team to schedule your dental implant tooth replacement consultation today.

Dental Implant Placement

Model of implant supported dental crown

The dental implant supported tooth replacement process is completed in two phases. The initial phase of treatment is the surgical placement of dental implant posts into the gum line. This procedure varies in length based on the number and location of missing teeth, but the surgical process itself remains relatively stable. A small incision is made into the soft tissue. Then, a high-quality titanium implant post is positioned into the jawbone. Over the course of treatment, the implant post fuses with the bone structures mimicking the lost tooth root.

Implant Crowns & Bridges

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Between three and six months following the placement of a dental implant post, you’ll need to return to our office to have your abutment and restoration placed. This waiting period between the surgical placement and restoration is necessary to allow the implant post to fuse with the jawbone. Once this process is complete, the implant is securely anchored and can support the weight of your restoration. For patients missing one tooth or just a few consecutive teeth, an implant-supported dental crown or bridge might be recommended. One dental implant post can support a dental crown tooth replacement. For two consecutive teeth, fused together dental crowns can sometimes be supported by the same implant post. Otherwise, two or more consecutive replacement teeth will need to be supported by at least two implant posts, one on each end. The custom tooth replacement prosthetics offer long lasting, natural looking solutions to missing teeth.

Implant-Retained Dentures

Older woman smiling

Patients missing numerous consecutive or nonconsecutive teeth and those that are missing the entire row of teeth may need a more advanced tooth replacement prosthetic. For these patients, a partial or full denture may be recommended. Partials are used to fill in the gaps between remaining healthy teeth. They use a gum-colored base material to support numerous replacement teeth, and partials fit snuggly between remaining teeth to fully renew oral health. Full dentures are also crafted using a gum-colored base material to support replacement teeth. Both partials and full dentures are typically anchored to the jawline using four to six strategically placed dental implant posts. Implant retained dentures, unlike the traditional, removable variety, provide dramatically improved dental function that can last for one or more decades with proper care. Traditional dentures only restore about 30% of chewing ability and need to be refitted or replaced about every five to seven years. Implant supported dentures restore 70% of chewing ability and can last for decades.

All-on-4® Implant Dentures

Model of implant supported denture

All-on-4 is an innovative dental implant tooth replacement technique. Many patients in need of advanced tooth replacement have experienced diminished gum tissue volume and jawbone density that makes dental implant restorations impossible without advanced preparatory treatments like gum tissue or bone grafts. All-on-4 utilizes the naturally denser parts of the jawbone at the front to support the entire weight a full denture. Using just four dental implants, as the name implies, All-on-4 dentures create a completely flawless smile. Two dental implant posts are positioned vertically into the front of the jaw. The other two dental implant posts are positioned diagonally from the back of the jaw into the dense part of the jaw at the front of the mouth. This allows the entire denture to be successfully supported by the front portion of the jaw without the need for preparatory grafting procedures.