If you have a missing tooth (or more than one), you could decide to get a fixed dental bridge or removable partial dentures to take care of it. Certainly, both have stood the test of time and they’re perfectly fine. But if you would like to take advantage of the most advanced way to replace missing teeth, come in to see our dental implant specialist in Baltimore. Here at Spectrum Dental, we know that the most common reason for wanting implants is cosmetic. But missing teeth also have an impact on your dental health. Your other teeth can shift, leading to discomfort and a misaligned jaw. In addition, your teeth may become more difficult to floss between efficiently, and that can put you at an increased risk for gum disease and tooth decay.
Why dental implants? Fixed bridges require the loss of tooth material as the tooth on either side must be drilled down and capped to secure the anchors that keep the bridge in place. Partial dentures are held in with adhesive, but that can be messy to use and not always dependable. Dentures can move when you chew or speak, resulting in a feeling of self-consciousness and frustration. Our dental implant specialist in Baltimore have none of those drawbacks to be concerned about. In fact, because an implant replaces both the tooth and the root beneath the gum line, you can feel 100% confident that you can chew, speak, and laugh without worrying that your replacement tooth will move.
With just a simple two-step process, our dental implant specialist in Baltimore will give you back your full smile. First, a titanium post is placed in you jaw, in the spot where your tooth’s root used to be. Over the next few months, your jaw bone grows around the post. Eventually, it fuses with it. You now have a strong and reliable foundation for your new tooth. Also, your facial contours will be preserved and your bone and gum tissue won’t atrophy. The second step is a tooth-colored crown that is cemented to the post. Your implant looks, feels, and acts like your natural teeth.