Modern dentistry places an emphasis on keeping a patient’s natural tooth as often as possible, but in cases where a tooth must be removed or is knocked out, patients now have more effective options!
The replacement of missing teeth has been an important facet of modern dentistry and the focus of both restorative and cosmetic dentistry as new options have become available that are both highly functional and natural looking. One of the problems associated with tooth loss is the subsequent loss of bone in the jaw where the natural tooth root used to be, causing additional dental health issues and bite problems.
Dental implants address this issue, offering patients who have lost a tooth a “replacement in kind”: a prosthetic tooth that is anchored into the jaw bone with a tiny titanium post that mimics the tooth root. The tiny post implanted acts much like a natural tooth root, which helps to generate natural bone growth to support the tooth structure. A dental implant not only provides patients with a secure, natural looking and functioning tooth, but it can also help to reduce further bone loss and support long term dental health.
Dental implants can also be used to secure dentures when a patient has either multiple missing teeth to replace or wishes to fix the problem of ill fitting dentures. Strategically placed implants will serve to support the denture and also help to maintain sufficient bone retention and growth for better long term oral health.
Annapolis area cosmetic and restorative dentist Dr. Scott Finlay and his associate, Dr. Ha Lim, offers implant dentistry and will create a customized treatment plan to suit a patient’s dental health needs and budget. Drs. Finlay and Lim have incorporated some of the latest dental technologies in order to provide accurate diagnoses and results that blend with a patient’s natural smile. Using CAD/CAM computer technology, Dr. Finlay can plan treatment that is highly personalized and accommodates a patient’s dental health needs.
Dr. Finlay can answer your dental implant questions and discuss how this procedure can offer long term oral health benefits if you have lost a tooth or have a severely damaged tooth.