Dental ImplantsAn Overview
Dental implants are a state-of-the-art option that provides a permanent solution for missing teeth. Since 1989, Dr. Finlay has restored hundreds of smiles with dental implants at his Annapolis dental office.
The most important component of Dr. Finlay’s approach is treatment planning. Before any work is done, Dr. Finlay completes a comprehensive exam and uses 2-D and 3-D imaging to design the perfect set of restorations. Replacing teeth is a collaborative process. Dr. Finlay & Associates works closely with a select team of leading oral surgeons throughout Annapolis and Baltimore.
What is a Dental Implant?
Essentially, dental implants are artificial roots that anchor either a dental crown or a prosthesis (like a denture). The dental implant system completely replaces an entire missing tooth or set of teeth.
Parts of a Dental Implant
The closest thing to a natural tooth is a dental implant. A tooth implant is made up of 3 main parts: the implant, the abutment, and the prosthesis. The implant is a titanium post that will be surgically implanted into the jaw bone.
The purpose of the implant is to replace the tooth root and provide a stable foundation for the prosthesis. The abutment is screwed onto the implant and will hold a dental crown. If you are missing multiple teeth, you may have several implants placed that will collectively hold a dental bridge or a denture.
Implant vs. Bridge
A conventional dental bridge does not match the predictability or long-term success of a dental implant. In some cases, a bridge is less expensive. However, it generally needs more maintenance than a dental implant over the same lifetime.
Dental Implant Technology
Dr. Finlay stays on the cutting edge of dental implant technology. He completes extensive continuing education, to learn the latest advances and techniques in dental implants.
Dr. Finlay also uses CAD/CAM, or computer-aided technology, to create custom abutments and fixtures as well as dental restorations that look like natural teeth using strong, tooth-colored materials.
Call our Annapolis, MD dentist office at 410.989.7132 or request an appointment online.