tDr. Keith Boenning and Dr. Nathan Dancykier offer dental implants in their Towson, Maryland dental office. This restorative dental treatment is used to replace one or more missing teeth or secure other dental restorations like dentures or dental bridges.
Implants function and look just like natural teeth and are crafted from durable materials. Dental implants are able to withstand chewing and biting forces while restoring the aesthetics of a natural smile.
Dental Implant Treatment
Before your implant treatment, one of our dentists will examine the health of your teeth and gums to determine if you require periodontal therapy, a tooth extraction, or bone grafting. If you require any of these treatments, we will perform them prior to implant treatment.
This is done to ensure that the teeth and gums are as healthy as possible so that the implant has a stable foundation to support. You can also discuss your goals and budget with our dentists before your care so we can help determine if dental implants are the right treatment option for you.
During dental implant treatment, we surgically place a titanium screw, or implant post, in the jaw bone. Implant posts require 3 to 6 months to fully integrate with the bone and heal for the most stable result. Once the implant fuses with the bone, we will place the abutment and dental crown to cap off the restoration.
With All-On-4 dental implants, we can restore an entire arch of missing teeth in just one day. All-On-Four utilizes long implants that reach bone underneath the gums. Our dentists can surgically secure a denture with four to six dental implants. This implant treatment option is preferable to removable dentures because they provide more comfortable and stable treatment.
Dental Implant Q&A
There are some common questions that many patients may have about implants and dental implant treatment:
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
To qualify for dental implants, you should have sufficient bone structure to support the implant. We offer bone grafting treatment if you have suffered significant bone loss and do not have enough tissue. This procedure ensures that the implant does not fail.
How quickly can I replace my missing tooth?
Dental implants require a healing period of 3 to 6 months after their initial implantation. Normally, the dental implant process can take from four to nine months. However, the process will take longer if you require bone grafting, gum disease treatment, or tooth extraction, it will take longer to replace your missing teeth.
Do dental implants need special care?
No, you can brush and floss your tooth implants like normal teeth. However, implants depend on the surrounding dental structure in order to be successful. Maintaining your oral health and regularly visiting our office for exams and cleanings help ensure that your implants last for many years to come.
How painful is getting a dental implant?
Getting a dental implant is generally not painful. During the procedure, your dentist or oral surgeon will use local anesthesia to numb the area where they will place the implant. As a result, you should not feel any pain during the surgery. You may feel pressure during the surgery and slight tugging sensations as your dentist works, but it should be tolerable.
After the procedure, however, you may experience some mild discomfort or swelling, which you can manage with over-the-counter pain medication. Most people can return to their normal activities the next day.
You should follow your dentist’s instructions for caring for the implant site after the surgery, as this can help to minimize any discomfort or complications you may experience. If you experience any severe pain or other unusual symptoms after the procedure, you should contact your dentist or oral surgeon as soon as possible.
Can your dentist complete your tooth implants in one day?
Yes, your dentist or oral surgeon can complete a dental implant in one day. Dental professionals refer to the process as “teeth-in-a-day” or “all-on-4” treatment. It involves inserting four dental implants into the jawbone, and your dentist will attach a bridge or dentures directly to them.
This procedure eliminates the need for bone grafting or waiting periods associated with traditional implant treatments. However, this treatment is not for everyone. Receiving a dental implant involves several stages and can take several weeks to complete. You should consult your dentist to determine the best treatment plan for your circumstances.
Will my tooth implants look natural?
The dentist or oral surgeon will design your tooth implants to look like natural teeth and can last a lifetime with proper care. The final appearance of your tooth implants may depend on several factors, such as the type of implant your dentist or oral surgeon uses, the condition of your mouth and gums, and the skill of your dentist. It is best to discuss your concerns and expectations with your dentist to determine if dental implants are a good option for you.
Contact Our Towson, MD Office
Restore one or more missing or lost teeth with dental implants in our Towson, MD dental office. Call us at 410.324.2294 or request a consultation with one of our dentists online.