Dental Implant FAQ

dental implant baltimore mdAre you missing teeth? Replacing missing teeth can improve your oral health, your quality of life, and can protect you from developing more complex health problems. Baltimore, MD dentist Dr. Byron Desbordes offers dental implants for patients looking to replace their missing teeth.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is surgically implanted in the jaw. The screw is designed to function as a prosthetic root for the replacement of missing teeth. The screw is capped with an abutment and then a dental restoration for a natural looking and durable missing tooth replacement.

How does a dental implant work?

Dental implants require strategic planning and the specific treatment will be determined on your oral health and number and location of your missing teeth. The dental implant post is surgically implanted in place of the missing teeth. The titanium post will fuse with the natural bone to help stabilize the jaw and bite. Once healed, typically in 3-6 months, an abutment is attached to secure the dental restoration. A custom fabricated dental crown, bridge or denture will be permanently attached to the dental implant.

What are the benefits of a dental implant?

Dental implants offer patients a range of benefits including better oral and systemic health as well as an improved quality of life.

  • Permanent dental restoration
  • Natural looking and comfortable
  • Helps prevent bone loss and jaw recession
  • Comfortable
  • Helps reduce risk of further oral health problems
  • Allows for healthy diet

Can I use dental implants to secure a denture?

Yes! Dental implants are a great way to secure dentures. The implants keep the denture in place and allow for improved confidence. There is no fear of slippage with dental implant secure dentures. Patients with ill fitted dentures may desire the implantation of dental implants for improved oral health.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are designed to be a permanent restoration. With proper oral hygiene and biannual dental cleanings and checkups, can last many years.

How can I get dental implants to replace my missing teeth?

If you have one missing tooth or a full set of missing teeth, Dr. Desbordes can use dental implants to restore the health, beauty, and function to your smile. Contact our Baltimore, MD dentist office or schedule a consultation online to learn more about how dental implants can enhance your smile.