Will dental implants prevent bone loss?
Yes! This is one of the greatest benefits of choosing dental implants to replace your missing teeth. When teeth are lost, the bone beneath them will begin to resorb without the constant stimulation it needs. About 25% of your jaw bone will be lost after a year without teeth. This will affect the appearance of your face causing premature aging. But if you replace your missing teeth immediately with dental implants, they will actually prevent bone loss from occurring. Teeth implants act as tooth roots providing the constant stimulation your jaw bone needs.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are made of the very light yet strong metal, titanium. They are surgically placed in the jaw bone in various locations along the arch. They will then fuse with the surrounding bone which takes about three to six months. Once fully fused, the implants are very stable and durable. They will be able to support a dental prosthesis which will look, feel and function like natural teeth.
How many dental implants will I need?
The number of dental implants you will need depends on how many teeth you are missing and the type of dental restoration needed to replace those teeth. For a single missing tooth, only one implant is required to support a dental crown. Several consecutive missing teeth will require at least two implants to support a dental bridge. A partial denture can be secured with two or more implants when multiple nonconsecutive teeth are missing on an arch. Two to eight dental implants can support a full denture if all teeth are missing. The number of dental implants will be determined after a full evaluation.
How long do implants last?
Dental implants are designed to last a life time. The better you take of them and your teeth and gums, the longer they will last. This includes regular visits to our Annapolis dentist office and daily brushing and flossing.
Why are dental implants so expensive?
Dental implants are the most involved form of replacing teeth. To have an implant supported dental prosthesis placed, it will require many appointments, at least one surgical procedure, quality materials and dental expertise. All of that will add up. However, teeth implants are the only permanent solution to tooth loss. They are a long term investment in your overall health, oral health and quality of life.
Do you offer financing for dental implants?
Yes! The staff at Annapolis Smiles understands the difficulty of dealing with the costs of such an expensive treatment. We are here to help you navigate the entire financial aspect of getting dental implants. We offer financing through CareCredit and LendingClub Patient Solutions. Both offer low or no interest monthly payment plans so you are able to smile again with a complete set of teeth.
How do I get started with the implant process?
The first step is to schedule a dental implant consultation with Dr. Scott Finlay at his Annapolis area dentist office. At this appointment, he will perform a full examination of your overall and oral health to see if you qualify for dental implants. A customized treatment plan will be created that is personalized to your unique needs.