Do you have one or multiple missing teeth? Receive dental implants at Lighthouse Family Dentistry in Annapolis, MD. Dental implants are a dental restoration used to replace teeth at their socket. They used titanium posts that are surgically implanted into the mouth and capped off with dental crowns.
Dr. E. Taylor Meiser and his dental team ensure that patients receive comfortable, pain-free dental implant treatment. We collaborate with patients in order to understand their health history and current oral health needs. Then, we can create a custom treatment plan catering to each individual patients needs.
Process for Dental Implants in Annapolis, MD
Before treatment, Dr. Meiser will need to examine the teeth, gums, and jawbone to determine if patients are good candidates for implant treatment. He may recommend tooth extraction or periodontal therapy if needed.
Patients who do not have enough bone tissue in the jawbone may require bone grafting treatment. Once Dr. Meiser ensures that the soft tissues and bones are healthy, he takes digital impressions of the teeth and gums. Then, he begins the surgical implantation.
He inserts the dental implant posts in key areas of the mouth that attach to the jawbone. Implants can replace a single tooth at the socket or secure a bridge or denture. Then, during a process called osseointegration, the implant post fuses with the jawbone. This process ensures that the restoration that will be placed has a stable foundation. It also reduces the risk of jaw bone deterioration.
Dr. Meiser take an impression of your teeth that is sent to a dental lab to create your restoration. A dental crown, bridge, or dentures may be secured to implants. Once the implants heal, typically after 3 to 6 months, Dr. Meiser attaches the permanent restoration.
After restorations are attached to implants, patients leave our office with a new functioning and aesthetically pleasing smile. Many of our patients report a feeling of increased self confidence after getting implants, as they are able to smile and speak comfortably. With dental implants there are no dietary restrictions or special maintenance required. Patients can continue their regular oral care routine, brushing and flossing twice daily.
Dental Implant FAQs
Do you want to know more about dental implants? Continue reading to find answers to commonly asked questions about implants here:
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Continue reading to find out how dental implants may benefit you:
- Are capped off with color-matched crowns
- Allow patients to eat without restrictions
- Create a uniform bite
- Function just like natural teeth
- Improve speech
- Offer a permanent restoration
Whether you have a single missing tooth or full arches of lost teeth, implants can help. Let our office know if you require an implant restoration and we will be happy to help.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are a permanent dental restoration. This means that they will last patients for many years to come. Once the implant post fuses with the jaw bone, it is held in place. For the best results possible, continue to brush and floss and visit our office for routine dental appointments. Regular dental care keeps infection away from the remaining teeth and gums.
Can dental implants fail?
Yes, if a patient uses tobacco during their implant treatment or develops an infection, their implants can fail. We do not recommend smoking or using tobacco products during implant treatment. Nicotine restricts blood flow, meaning the implant cannot heal properly. Additionally, even if patients already have dental implants, their restorations can fail. Tooth decay and gum disease impact the fit and health of implants.
Schedule a Dental Appointment
Do you want your natural smile back? Call Lighthouse Family Dentistry for safe and comfortable dental implant treatment today at 410-324-7287. You can also request a dental consultation with Dr. Meiser on our website.