Whether you are missing one tooth or an entire bridge, you can benefit for dental implants. An implant is a surgically implanted post that preserves the natural jaw bone structure that is lost over time when a tooth is missing. The procedure may be used to replace one natural tooth or to serve as anchors for bridges or dentures. After the post is securely implanted in the jawbone, a crown is installed on top. The crown can be used just like a natural tooth.
Traditionally, when a person needed a bridge, one tooth on each side of the bridge was used as an anchor. Because a natural tooth doesn’t make a strong enough anchor for bridge, the teeth would be fitted for crowns. Doing so required grinding down the teeth. By using implants instead of natural teeth to support your bridge, you can preserve your natural teeth as well as get stronger anchors.
Dental implants in Baltimore can also support full dentures. Unlike traditional dentures, implant supported dentures fit more securely. Because more bone is retained when the post is implanted, patients who use implants to support their dentures experience less jaw sagging than those who use traditional dentures. Patients with over dentures are able to eat normally and do not have to worry about their dentures slipping out of place in public.
If you are only missing one tooth, dental implants in Baltimore can improve your appearance and prevent additional dental problems. When you lose a tooth, the bone that supported it shrinks. This bone loss may result in adjacent teeth becoming loose and falling out. To avoid this problem and maintain a healthy smile, contact the Office of Nicholas Molinaro and Janet Johns to find out how an implant can preserve your oral health.
You may be a candidate for dental implants even if the bone in your jaw has already begun to shrink. Talk to your dentist about how bone grafts can restore enough bone to support implants that will improve your life by allowing you to eat a diet full of a variety of foods that you enjoy.