At Crafton Dental we believe in giving our patients the very best in dental restorations, which is why we offer dental implants. Dental implants are the most impressive advancement in tooth replacement in history. Most tooth replacement options, like crowns, dental bridges
, and dentures
only function to replace the crown (chewing portion) of the tooth but neglect the missing root of the lost tooth. Dental implants restore the form and function of every single part of your tooth to help keep your mouth
happy and healthy.
What are dental implants?Dental implants are tooth replacement options that restore every part of your missing teeth, from root to crown.
A dental implant can be used to restore a single missing tooth (crown), a row of missing teeth (a dental bridge), or a full arch of missing teeth (implant supported dentures
). Dental implants are surgically placed into your jaw and are allowed to heal for a few months before they are finished.
Parts of a Dental Implant
Dental implants are made up of three separate parts: the post, abutment, and dental restoration. The post is the first part of the implant to be placed, which requires some minor surgery. The implant post is made of titanium because titanium is a biocompatible material that is not rejected by the body. The bone in your jaw will osseointegrate with the titanium implant post, which means it will grow around it and form a strong mechanical bond that will allow you to use the implant as you would your natural teeth.
The abutment is placed onto the post after the post has had some time to heal. It is screwed into the top of the post and cemented in place permanently using a dental adhesive.
The dental restoration is made in our dental laboratory while the implant post is healing in your jaw. We can craft the restoration out of a wide variety of material that we select based on the tooth/teeth we are restoring and their function in your mouth. The final implant restoration will be indistinguishable from your natural teeth and will last you for many years, allowing you to eat and speak as you did before tooth loss. Sometimes, we may need to make repairs to an implant or crown that has been previously been placed.
Dental Implants and Osseointegration
Dental Implants and Dentures Comparison
|Here at Crafton Dental in Columbia, MD our goal is to help all of our patients to understand all of their options for replacing teeth. We offer dentures to those who are looking for a fast and easy tooth replacement solution, as well as dental implants for those who desire something long-lasting and permanent. One of the biggest advantages that dental implants give our patients is the ability to eat and speak as they did before tooth loss set in. How is it that dental implants can replace teeth in both form and function? Osseointegration is the key to the success of dental implants.
Dental Implants Fuse to Bone Through OsseointegrationOsseointegration describes the healing process of bones around a foreign material in the human body. When your body accepts a foreign material instead of rejecting it and chooses to grow around the new material, forming a strong bond with it, similar to the effect of bones repairing themselves when a limb is placed in a cast. In the case of dental implants, the foreign material we use is the titanium implant post, which we surgically inserted into the bone of your jaw. Once the titanium post is placed into your jaw, we allow them some time to heal, because bones heal at a much slower rate than soft tissues.
Titanium Dental Implants and OsseointegrationIt’s not easy to find a material that will be readily accepted by the human body. Our bodies are made to reject most things that enter it with the help of the immune system. Let’s say you get a splinter from a piece of wood, after a day or two you will notice your immune system start to react to the splinter with redness, swelling, probably even some pus. Your body notices the splinter and takes these actions to try and eject the splinter from the body or break it down. However, some materials are biocompatible, meaning the body doesn’t see them as a threat and won’t try to reject them. This is the case with titanium. Instead of being rejected, titanium implant posts are welcomed into the body, and the bones will mend around them creating a strong bond that you will be able to use to help you chew your food.
Zirconia Dental Implants and OsseointegrationTitanium works great for dental implants because it is a biocompatible material. Interestingly, Zirconia is also biocompatible and can be used as the implant post in certain cases. Why would you want a Zirconia dental implant post over a titanium implant post? In certain cases where the implant posts might show through the gum tissue, titanium presents an issue because of it’s metallic color. Zirconia implant posts are white, and therefore look much more aesthetically pleasing. This is a fairly rare concern, but it is an issue that we can easily fix by altering the implant post material.
Healing From Dental Implant Surgery Through OsseointegrationOnce you leave our office, the success of your dental implants rests in your hands. We are always here to help our patients with any issues that arise, but it is up to them to let us know if something doesn’t feel right. Make sure to follow your post-operation instructions, and always keep your mouth clean following oral surgery.
|Here at Crafton Dental in Columbia, MD we want all of our patients to be well-informed before they commit to any product or procedure that we offer. One of the hottest debates is between dentures and dental implants. Which is better? What is best for you? Everyone has a different answer to this question, so let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each so that you can make an educated decision on which option will work best for you.
Dental Implants ExplainedDental implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone of the patient and are a permanent fixture in the mouth. They look and act just like your real teeth. Every dental implant is made up of three parts – the implants post, the abutment, and the prosthetic implant restoration. Dental implants can replace single teeth, several missing teeth, even full arches of teeth.
Dental Implant Pros: Dental implants have a lot of great advantages over dentures. For starters they are permanent, and you can take care of them the same way you take care of natural teeth – with daily brushing and flossing. Dental implants stay put because they become a permanent part of your mouth thanks to the process known as osseointegration. Osseointegration is the healing process that occurs between the bone in your jaw and the titanium dental implant. Thanks to osseointegration dental implants end up acting just like your natural teeth! Dental implant even restores some oral health value to your mouth.
Dental Implant Cons: Dental implants come with a high, upfront price point that many find hard to swallow. It can take several months for dental implants to heal and for us to craft the permanent prosthetic that will act are your dental implant restoration, meaning that it could be several months before you get to use your new dental implants.
Traditional Dentures ExplainedDentures are a removable tooth replacement option that has been perfected quite a lot since your grandparents had them.
Denture Pros: Dentures still have a lot to offer patients who have experienced tooth loss. They can be made to replace a single tooth (partial denture) or all of the teeth in your mouth (full denture). Dentures are made of an acrylic material that looks just like real teeth and can restore your ability to eat most of the foods you enjoyed while you still had your natural teeth. Dentures can replace your teeth in a matter of weeks, as the process to have them made is less intensive than that of dental implants.
Denture Cons: Because dentures are removable, they must be held in place with denture adhesives that can be messy and may not hold throughout the day. If you denture adhesive is not up to the job you might find that you have to clean your dentures and reapply the denture adhesive to get them to last you the rest of the day. They must be removed to be cleaned and while you sleep at night. Care must be taken while handling dentures because they can break if they are dropped.
Still Have Questions About Implants & Dentures?If you still have questions about the pros and cons or dental implants or dentures, or if you are ready to schedule an appointment with us, give us a call today at (410) 381-5030. We will be more than happy to answer any of your questions and determine which solution is best for you and your needs.
Contact Us About Dental ImplantsIf you have a missing tooth or have a tooth that needs to be removed, a dental implant may be the best tooth replacement option for you.
Contact us at (410) 381-5030, and we will be happy to schedule a consultation visit and review your options.
At times, the tooth requiring treatment will require a specialist, called a periodontist, to examine and complete the treatment. Dr. Lisa Crafton will work closely with our periodontist specialist to review your treatment case and send necessary records to their office. Our office staff will help coordinate your appointments, and help you understand your financial responsibility.