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Dental Implants Annapolis, MD

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?

Dental ImplantsEssentially, 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.

"Absolutely thrilled! I love the way my new teeth look; they are magnificent and for the first time in my life I actually enjoy smiling without any self-conscious reservation. What I also appreciate just as much their appearance is the way my teeth feel: they fit perfectly in my mouth…Tracey S.
"Perfect service, all the way around. Looking forward to my return visit – did I really say that about a dental appointment?!"Suzanne W.
"I absolutely love your office and is the reason why I travel to Annapolis during rush hour all the way from DC! Thanks to everyone ... you are always pleasant, helpful and educational! Would definitely recommend…"Caron P.

Dental Implants What to Expect

The Dental Implant Process

Treatment planning is the key to Dr. Finlay’s practice and the success of your dental implant. Dr. Finlay will complete a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.

You should be in good health with adequate bone structure, among other factors. He will then design a detailed treatment plan that is customized to your unique needs. He will coordinate several steps in the process with a trusted team of providers.

The next step is the surgical placement of your dental implant. A local oral surgeon will complete this phase of the process. The dental implants will be left to heal and integrate with your natural bone, serving as the stable anchors for the new teeth.

The healing process can take up to 4 months. Meanwhile, a skilled lab technician will handcraft your dental restoration, either a dental crown or denture. Dr. Finlay will coordinate the entire treatment and restore the dental implant with the final restoration.

Dental Implants Before & After

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Caring For Dental Implants

The restored dental implant is an incredibly durable part of your smile. Regular checkups are an important part of your ongoing dental care. Dr. Finlay & Associates will provide for your ongoing treatment, including routine repairs and maintenance for dental implants.

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Dental Implants FAQs

Are dental implants covered by insurance?

Some dental insurance plans do cover part of the dental implant process. Depending on your insurance plan, as much as 50 percent of the implant procedure may be covered, but some insurances don’t cover this portion. Contact your dental insurance provider for specific coverage options. You can also contact us for more information, and financing options.

Do dental implants require special care?

No. Dental implants do not require extra maintenance on top of regular tooth brushing and flossing. Not only does a dental implant look and function like a natural tooth, but it also requires minimal adjustments to your existing oral care routine.

How long does a dental implant last?

Your new dental implant from Annapolis Smiles can last over 25 years! Dental implants are actually designed to be a permanent tooth replacement option, so there is no worrying about having to replace them periodically. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.