The doctors of Carroll County Dental Associates in Westminster, MD, repair patient smiles with dental implants. Missing teeth can cause other dental problems and weaken the jaw bone, so implants restore your smile. Read the most commonly asked questions about getting a dental implant and come see us in Westminster, MD, if you have a missing tooth!
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are made from a screw-like titanium post that is implanted into the jaw bone and a dental crown that is placed on top to act like a tooth. They are the best option for replacing missing teeth because they are as strong as, and behave like, natural teeth.
Dental implants are implanted into the jaw bone and then you heal for a period of weeks. During this time your jaw bone fuses to the implant, making it strong. You wear a temporary tooth cap during this time while your permanent one is fabricated. It will match and blend in perfectly with your smile. At a final appointment, the permanent crown is placed and you leave with a new tooth!
Does getting an implant hurt?
You will be numbed during the implant process and shouldn't feel pain. After the initial surgery, you may experience some discomfort. During the healing process, your dentist may recommend a diet of soft foods and taking over-the-counter painkillers for any pain.
How do I care for an implant?
Implants behave like your natural teeth and you should care for them like your natural teeth. You can eat like you normally would once the implant is fully healed. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day. If you grind your teeth at night you are at risk of damaging the crown. Your dentist will recommend wearing a nightguard to protect the new implant
Dental implants are the best option available to replace missing teeth. If you have missing teeth the doctors at Carroll County Dental Associates can help you with dental implants. Contact us in Westminster, MD, at 410-848-5577 or 410-876-6612.