Dental Implants An Overview
Dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth, you may even forget you ever lost a tooth. Lee, Bonfiglio, Vesely & Associates is one of the leading dental centers in Annapolis for dental implant treatment. Our doctors have restored hundreds of implants and have trained on the many systems of implants on the market.
Dr. Albert Lee is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Implantology (ICOI) and has an IPS Mastership (Prosthetic) in the ICOI. Dr. Thomas Bonfiglio and Dr. Edward Vesely are both fellows of the ICOI. This organization provides advanced training and resources on the latest developments in implant dentistry.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are a breakthrough in dentistry. They are the only dental restoration for missing teeth that feel and look most like natural teeth. A dental implant is a titanium post surgically placed in the jawbone to help support an artificial tooth, fixed bridge or a removable or fixed denture. It is also a restoration that will not decay.
A dental implant can be a single tooth restoration in which the adjacent teeth are left alone. It is a free standing restoration which mirrors the tooth that was replaced. Depending on the tooth being replaced and the jawbone, an immediate functioning temporary tooth can be placed. This helps to create an excellent esthetic result, with shorter treatment time and minimized pain.
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Dental Implants What to Expect
Once an implant has been placed in the jaw, the bone around the implant needs to heal for twelve weeks to six months. After this period of healing, a temporary support post called a healing abutment is placed to sculpt the gum. After a short period of time, the tooth can be made to screw down to the implant. The exact sequence of the steps and the time it takes for each can be explained on a patient-by-patient basis.
Sedation dentistry is also offered as an option for patients who may be a little anxious or would just rather sleep through a procedure.
Alternatives to Dental Implants
There are a variety of alternatives to dental implants. If you have one or a few missing teeth, a dental bridge may be an alternative restoration. If you are missing most or all of your teeth, the dentist may suggest a partial or full denture. Our dentists will review all of the options with you and help you make the best decision for your goals and budget.
Implants vs. Bridges vs. Dentures
All three of these restorations replace missing teeth, however a dental implant is the only one that replaces the actual root structure of a tooth. This means that the prosthetic tooth (or teeth) is permanently fixed in the mouth and does not require any support from neighboring teeth or use of adhesives.
In denture wearing patients, dental implants can improve the stability of ill-fitting dentures for better speech and chewing function.
Schedule an Appointment
Come in for an in-person consultation to find out if dental implants are right for you. Request an appointment online, or call (410) 989-8298 today.