Everyone is vulnerable to tooth loss. Although the risk increases with age, and is most prevalent for adults over the age of 65 due mostly to gum disease, anyone can develop gum disease through poor oral hygiene habits and genetics (at any age). Sometimes, you can do everything right and suffer tooth loss through an accident or sports injury. Dental implants offer the closest replacement in terms of design and function of a natural tooth. The dentists at Eastern Shore Smile Solutions in Easton and Cambridge, MD, recommend implants for healthy adult patients looking to replace anywhere from a single to all of their natural teeth.
Dental Implants in Easton and Cambridge, MD
Most dental restorations replace the crown portion of a missing tooth. The crown is arguably the most important part from a cosmetic and functional standpoint, but what goes on inside our gums plays a critical role in our oral and general health. When a tooth is lost, the bone tissue in the gums begins to erode. An implant also replaces the tooth's root, which can prevent bone loss and encourage the growth of healthy new bone tissue, as well as securely anchor the crown restoration in place. Once healed, implants feel and function just like natural teeth, no need to remove them for cleaning, or worry about a loose or improper fit.
First the implant, which is made of a biocompatible titanium screw, is surgically placed in the gums, where it gradually fuses with the surrounding bone tissue. Once the implanted has healed, the dentist attaches the cosmetic crown to the implant. Implants have a very high success rate, but they do require a strong commitment to oral hygiene and follow up and regular dental care to avoid complications and to reduce your general risk of gum disease.
In order to qualify for dental implants, adult patients must be in good general health and have enough bone density in the jaw to support the implant.
Find a Dentist in Easton and Cambridge, MD
For more information about dental implants and how they can bring your smile and oral health back to life, contact Eastern Shore Smile Solutions by calling 443-205-4757 to schedule an appointment today.