General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Largo, MD
If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants offer a permanent replacement solution. Implant dentistry is an area of expertise for Chibueze Okoro, DMD, MSC, of EZE Dental in Largo, Maryland. To explore dental implants in more depth, schedule an appointment online today. You can also call to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff.
Dental Implants Q & A
Why replace missing teeth?
Most people only consider the aesthetic implications of missing teeth. In reality, however, there are also serious dental health issues to think about.
Each of your natural teeth is anchored directly within the underlying bone tissue. Every time you chew or bite down, you stimulate that bone, keeping it healthy and strong.
Losing a tooth also means losing that stimulation. The underlying bone tissue can begin to wear away in a process known as resorption. This weakens the connections between adjacent teeth and bone, and can lead to additional tooth loss.
Missing teeth can also have a negative impact on your nutrition and speech. Many people feel uncomfortable about a gap in their smile and avoid smiling in work and social settings.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants offer the chance to replace one or more missing teeth. Implants are placed directly within your bone tissue and provide the same level of stimulation as natural teeth.
A dental implant consists of a post portion, which acts as a replacement tooth root, and a crown that replaces the visible portion of a natural tooth. Some dental implants also use a third piece called an abutment to connect post and crown, while other options join the crown and post directly.
The process of getting a dental implant requires multiple visits and a degree of patience. The post portion must fuse with your natural bone tissue before the crown can be placed. Once complete, you can expect to get a lifetime of wear from your custom dental implant.
What is All-On-4Ⓡ?
The All-On-4 system uses four dental implants in the upper or lower jaw to secure an entire arch of false teeth. This system is a great alternative to dentures and offers a permanent solution to missing teeth.
All-On-4 is a good fit for people who lack the bone density required for multiple individual dental implants. Because the implant posts are angled, they can be secured in areas with lower bone density. Once in place, All-On-4 implants are a permanent restoration and should last a lifetime.
To explore dental implant options, schedule an appointment at EZE Dental today. Online scheduling is available, and you’re always welcome to call and check appointment availability.