Missing teeth can cause a host of problems in your daily life!
Eating and chewing become a challenge, which can impact your nutrition. What about smiling or talking with new people? If you don't feel confident about your smile, you may find yourself hiding it, resulting in other people seeing you as hard to approach.
While you're dealing with these day-to-day problems, you may not even realize that there are also many other issues going on in your mouth behind the scenes. For example, missing teeth mean that you also have a missing root. Root loss eventually results in bone loss because your jawbone begins to deteriorate when it has nothing to support.
Without a tooth replacement, your teeth may also begin to move and shift due to tooth loss. This leads to bite misalignment, which can cause painful issues with your jaw joint (TMJ).
Thinking about tooth replacement as soon as possible not only rebuilds your confidence and supports your nutrition but also protects your dental health.
Dental Implants Are the Gold Standard in Tooth Replacement
Thinking about replacing a tooth might feel overwhelming; however, there are excellent options, such as dental implants that are almost like having your natural tooth back again.
Dental implants are ideal because they replace your root and your tooth. Your dentist places the biocompatible titanium implant into your jawbone, where it fuses and integrates with it, creating a solid foundation for your new tooth or dental crown. In addition, since your implant keeps your bone stimulated, so there's no concern about bone loss or deterioration.
It takes anywhere from three to six months for your implant to heal and integrate with your bone; after that, your dentist attaches a porcelain crown designed to closely mimic your tooth in shade and shape. You'll be able to eat and chew with your new crown, and you'll love the way it seamlessly blends with your smile.
The Additional Advantages of Dental Implants
There are significant health and aesthetic advantages when you choose dental implants to replace your lost tooth, but there are also additional benefits to consider, such as:
- Longevity. A dental implant has the potential to last for a lifetime with excellent home care and regular checkups with your dentist. Other tooth replacement options like a bridge or denture may break down over time, and you might have to replace them.
- A wise investment. Because of their excellent longevity, a dental implant could prove to be a better long-term investment for your smile than a restoration that you'll need to replace in the future.
- Simple maintenance. A dental implant is easy to care for because you can brush and floss it just like your natural teeth. You won't need to change your home care routine at all.
- Versatility. A dental implant can replace a single tooth. A few implants can support a dental bridge or a denture, which replaces multiple teeth and provides more stability and better longevity.
- A natural look and feel. Your dental implant provides the function, feel, and appearance of a natural tooth.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants in Rockville?
To be successful, dental implants require that the patient is in good overall health and have enough healthy bone structure to support the implant successfully. However, procedures like bone grafting and sinus augmentation have made dental implants a possibility even for patients who've suffered from severe bone loss. Your dentist can talk with you about these options if it's necessary.
If you're interested in determining if tooth implants are right for you, we encourage you to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Gladnick. During this appointment, your dentist will gather information with an examination and x-rays. This information helps us determine if you have enough healthy bone for implant support and if you should address any other additional dental health concerns before your treatment.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The cost of treatment varies with each patient's specific needs. For example, a patient replacing multiple teeth will have a different price than one who needs a single implant. Our dentists will determine the cost of your procedure during your implant evaluation so you can select the best way to fit your treatment comfortably into your budget.
Our team is here to work with you to help you maximize dental insurance or find creative ways to budget for your implant treatment. We look forward to helping you regain your beautiful smile!
Contact Gladnick Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for More Information
If you would like to learn more about dental implants in Rockville, MD, we invite you to call Gladnick Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at (301) 963-0800.