Are you ready to replace your missing teeth with the next best thing to your own? You can invest in a stunning, functional smile with dental implants in Annapolis. Dr. Gary Goodman and Dr. Jeremy Goodman are on the frontline of technology to provide state-of-the-art services to ensure the long-term success of your new smile. We understand the process can seem overwhelming, but we want you to feel at ease when rebuilding your smile. Here is what you can expect from start to finish when replacing your missing teeth with dental implants.
You will first need a consultation with your dentist in Annapolis to ensure you’re a candidate for dental implants. Generally, if you have good oral and overall health, they are a suitable option; however, your medical and lifestyle history will also need to be discussed to look for any risk factors that may lead to dental implant failure, like issues the hinder your body’s ability to heal or fight infections.
Your dental health is also assessed using a digital x-ray and a CT scan to evaluate your oral structures. This allows us to see if any additional procedures are needed before placing your posts, like bone grafting or a sinus lift. The images also allow us to pinpoint the precise location for your implant posts.
The first stage of your treatment requires biocompatible implant posts to be surgically placed into your jawbone. The number of posts needed varies depending on how many teeth you are replacing.
A sedative or anesthesia is used to ensure your comfort during the surgery. Your oral surgeon opens your gum tissue to expose your jawbone. A small hole is drilled into your bone for each post to be inserted into pre-determined locations. Your gum tissue is then sutured closed to allow the healing process to begin.
The implant posts stimulate new bone growth, allowing your jaw to fuse to the posts through a process called osseointegration. This can take several weeks, but it is necessary to create a stable and lasting foundation for your prosthetic teeth.
After your jawbone has healed, you need a second minor surgery to attach abutments to your posts. These are connector pieces between the posts and your restorations. Your gum tissue is opened to expose the posts to place a fixture on each one. Over the next couple of weeks, your gum tissue heals around them. This creates a natural-looking gum line while also sealing out bacteria from the posts.
Digital impressions of your mouth are taken to carefully craft your restorations from all-ceramic material. The dental lab designs them with precision to meet your exact color, size, and shape needs for natural-looking results and optimal function.
During your consultation, we take the time to discuss each phase of your treatment and answer your questions to ensure you are confident in your decision to replace your missing teeth. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation to get started.