How It Works: The Dental Implant

Dental implants have revolutionized dentistry. Designed to mimic a natural tooth, dental implants are the most secure, comfortable and lasting missing tooth replacement option. Dental implants not only look like real teeth, they function like natural teeth. Baltimore, MD restorative dentist Dr. Byron Desbordes provides offers dental implants and implant-secured dentures for their long term oral health benefits.
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How do Dental Implants Work?

The dental implant is a tiny titanium post. It looks very much like a small screw you would use to hang a picture. Made from medical grade, biocompatible titanium, this small post imitates the root structure of a natural tooth. Dr. Desbordes or a local oral surgeon will surgically place the dental implant into the jaw bone at the site of the missing tooth.

  • Did You Know? The dental implant post actually fuses with the jawbone. This creates a permanent bond between the implant and jaw. Once the implant fuses with the bone it helps to stimulate natural bone regeneration and prevents the recession of the jaw.

The implant takes about 3-6 months to fully heal and fuse with the jaw bone. Once the implant is secure, Dr. Desbordes will attach a small abutment to the implant. The implant will protrude from the gum line and be used as an anchor to hold the final dental restoration.

  • Did You Know? Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth, or even a full arch of missing teeth. With precise planning, as few as 4 dental implants can be used to secure a full arch of missing teeth. Dental implants can also be used to secure a denture for a more stable bite.

After the abutment is attached, Dr. Desbordes will work with you to design a custom dental restoration. The type of restoration will depend on the number of missing teeth you are replacing. Either a dental crown, bridge or denture will be custom fabricated to blend in with your natural smile. Dr. Desbordes can color match the high-quality ceramic restoration and shape it to look and feel like your real teeth.

  • Did You Know? Dr. Desbordes is an experienced restorative dentist with advanced training from the Spear Academy and the prestigious Dawson Academy. Dr. Desbordes completes most dental implant restorations from the comfort of our Baltimore, MD dentist office. In more complex cases, he may coordinate with a local oral surgeon for optimal results.

Schedule A Consultation

If you have missing teeth contact our Windsor Mill, MD dentist office. Dr. Desbordes welcomes new patients of all ages and can help you to restore, enhance or maintain a healthy smile. We proudly serve the Baltimore, MD area including Woodlawn and Owning Mills. Contact us at (410) 803-6815 or click here to request an appointment online.

Author: Dr. Desbordes