Dental Implants — Baltimore, MD
The Best Way to Replace Missing Teeth
If you’re looking for the best way to replace missing teeth, there’s no better option than dental implants in Baltimore. This unique restoration replaces the entire structure of a missing tooth above and below the gumline. Thanks to this, patients report that they find it so much easier to speak clearly, chew comfortably, smile confidently, and feel good about their oral health. If missing teeth are holding you back from living your best life, don’t hesitate to give us a call to see if dental implants are right for you!
Why Choose Harbor East Dental For Dental Implants?
- Entire Dental Implant Treatment Completed Under 1 Roof
- Highly Trained Dentist with Years of Experience
- Advanced Dental Implant Technology for Precise Results
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small posts that resemble screws. They mimic the lost root structures of missing teeth once they’ve been surgically placed in the jawbone. Once in place, they fuse with the supportive bone and gum tissue, which prevents jawbone deterioration while providing a remarkably strong foundation for a replacement tooth or teeth. We typically provide titanium implant posts as these are the most time-tested materials, but there are also a variety of other metals used for implant posts. We can also provide metal-free zirconia implants for those patients who have allergies or sensitivities to metal. Above the gumline, dental implants can be used to support any of our incredibly lifelike and custom-made restorations, including crowns, bridges, partials, and dentures. No matter how many teeth you have replaced with dental implants, they’ll look great, last a lifetime, and give you decades of daily benefits.
The Dental Implant Process
We perform dental implant surgery in the office and use digital technology to ensure proper dental implant placement. The procedure may sound intimidating, but it is actually very straightforward. We start by numbing the area around the lost tooth or teeth. Then, we make an incision in the gum tissue. The implant post is precisely positioned according to our placement plan. We also attach a protective cap that allows the implant site to heal and maintains the necessary gum tissue shape to accommodate the tooth replacement prosthetic. Once the implant is placed, it fuses to the jawbone and gum tissue. This process can take three to six months. When the fusion process is complete, patients return to our office, so we can attach an abutment. Once your abutment is in place, we capture the necessary images and impressions to design your custom dental crown, fixed bridge, partial, or full denture.
Benefits of Dental Implants
If you’re considering dental implants as one of the solutions to replace your teeth, you may have some questions about why they’re so popular. This state-of-the-art tooth loss solution has unique benefits that you simply can’t get with traditional tooth replacement options like dentures and dental bridges. Now that you know more about how they work and their process, you should know about what makes them worth the investment. Their comfort, function, and appearance are unmatched, but why exactly? Read on to find out about the life-changing advantages that dental implants have over other replacement options.
- The closet thing to your natural teeth: Dental implants are the only replacements that restore the visible portion of your tooth as well as its root. This creates the most natural looking and feeling smile. Additionally, implants allow your restoration to mimic the way that your natural teeth emerge from your gums, creating an attractive appearance.
- Unmatched stability: Do you have dentures that slip and slide when you talk, chew, or laugh? Dental implants provide maximum stability and chewing power to give you confidence in your everyday life. This also allows you to eat a diet with wider variety, providing you more health and nutrition than before.
- Easy maintenance: Taking care of your dental implants is as easy as taking care of your natural teeth. They can be brushed and flossed just like normal, and you don’t need to worry about them losing their fit or becoming loose.
- Healthy, youthful appearance: Besides completing your smile, dental implants also keep your face looking youthful and healthy. When you lose teeth, your jawbone loses stimulation and begins to deteriorate. Dental implants provide it with the stimulation it needs to stay healthy and strong, which helps your face look fuller and healthier instead of sunken and aged.
- Lowered risk of further tooth loss: Preventing jawbone deterioration does more than just support your facial features. It also keeps the tissue around the roots of your remaining teeth strong, meaning they’re less likely to become loose and fall out.
- No tooth sensitivity or gum irritation: Traditional dental bridges require altering healthy dental enamel and dentures rest on top of the gums. These can both cause oral health problems like tooth sensitivity, gum sores, cavities, gum disease, and oral infections. As the only self-supporting tooth replacement option, dental implants are the healthiest option for your smile.
- A truly long-term solution: Other replacements like bridges and dentures last 10 years at maximum. Dental implants have the ability to last 20 to 30 years, and with proper care, they can easily last a lifetime. You should take care of your teeth at home, visit our office regularly, and quit any unhealthy habits like tobacco use to extend the lifespan of your implants.
- High success & predictability: Dental implants have a great track record with a success-rate of around 98%. Our expert dental team takes the time to correct any preexisting issues before starting the dental implant process to ensure your oral health and long-term implant success.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
No matter how many teeth you’ve lost, there’s a good chance that if you’re a generally healthy adult, dental implants in Baltimore can help you! This solution is incredibly versatile in addition to having an over 95% success rate. To make sure you’re eligible for dental implants, you’ll need to attend a consultation with our Harbor East Dental team. Here are a few things you need to know about who makes a good dental implant candidate and your possible treatment options.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
When first meet with your dental implant dentist in Baltimore, they’ll consider three main factors that can determine whether you qualify for dental implants:
- Your oral health – Do you have an untreated cavity or gum disease that could put your new teeth in jeopardy? If so, you’ll need to undergo fillings, tooth extractions, or gum disease therapy before your implants can be placed.
- Your overall health – Do you have a medical condition that affects your ability to heal? Are you able to undergo minor oral surgery? You may need to discuss the possibility of dental implants with your primary care physician.
- Your jawbone density – Do you have enough healthy jawbone tissue to give dental implant posts the sturdy foundation they need? If not, a bone grafting procedure will be necessary in order to strengthen the bone.
Once we’ve confirmed that you’re a good candidate for dental implants (or have helped you to become one with preliminary treatments), we can move on to planning out your treatment based on how many teeth you’re missing.
Missing One Tooth
If you are missing a single tooth, we will most likely replace it with one implant topped with a dental crown made from lifelike dental porcelain. The customized crown will connect directly to the dental implant via a small connector piece called an abutment. Altogether, this solution is completely self-supporting. Unlike a dental bridge, none of your remaining healthy tooth structure needs to be altered.
Missing Multiple Teeth
For a person missing a few teeth in a row, an implant bridge is likely the best solution. For this, one implant will be placed on either side of the gap in the smile and support prosthetic teeth between them to literally “bridge” the gap. Implant bridges not only improve the appearance of a smile, but they can also prevent the remaining teeth from shifting, therefore preventing potentially painful and complicated bite alignment problems. Just like with implant crowns, an implant bridge will look completely natural and look just like your other teeth.
Missing All Teeth
We can even restore a full arch of lost teeth using dental implants. In most cases, four to eight implant posts are all that’s necessary to anchor a full denture that stays in place without messy adhesives. Implant dentures improve upon regular dentures in almost every way; they can last for several decades, they let you chew your favorite foods with ease, and they can be cleaned with the same brushing and flossing techniques you would use for natural teeth.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
For our patients who are considering treatment with dental implants, the cost of treatment is usually the biggest deterrent. The Harbor East Dental team understands that the initial investment required for implant supported tooth replacement can seem overwhelming. However, this is an investment in a tooth replacement prosthetic that looks and feels like healthy, natural teeth and can last for a lifetime with proper care. With such a long lifespan, it can easily save you thousands of dollars over the years. If you’re interested in learning more about how we help patients fit the cost of dental implants into their budgets, call us today. We’ll do our utmost to answer questions over the phone, but if we can’t provide all of the information you want, we can also schedule a one-on-one dental implant tooth replacement consultation.
The Price of Implant Posts & Surgical Placement
The bulk of the cost of implant supported tooth replacement actually comes from the price of the dental implant posts themselves. Depending on the type of implant, material used, and the manufacturer, a single dental implant post can cost anywhere from $500 to $3000 (more in some rare cases). This is the price of just the implant post itself prior to the placement and restoration. Luckily, for patients who need more than one implant, most manufacturers offer discounts on additional implants, and as long as the implant posts are placed on the same day, surgical cost remains basically the same whether you need one implant or several.
Additional Treatment Costs
In addition to the costs of the individual implant posts and their surgical placement below the gum line, you should also take into consideration the following additional services that also increase the cost of your treatment plan:
- Preparatory procedures – like tooth extraction and bone or soft tissue grafting
- Sedation dentistry – to ensure complete comfort throughout implant supported tooth replacement
- Replacement teeth – from a single dental crown to bridges, partials, and full dentures
Dental Insurance & Implant Dentistry
Unfortunately, most dental benefit providers do not offer coverage for dental implants or their surgical placement. However, in many cases, your dental insurance policy will cover some of the other aspects of care including your preparatory extractions or grafting procedures, dental sedation, and tooth replacement prosthetics. This can help to offset the costs of dental care for advanced dental implant supported tooth replacement plans.
Helping You Finance Dental Implants
Before we begin your implant supported tooth replacement plan, we’ll take the time to carefully review every step of the process and their costs before we begin. Our knowledgeable dentistry team will take the time to submit preauthorization requests to your insurer to make sure you will receive the maximum benefit. Then, we’ll explain the out of pockets costs of each step of the treatment process. Finally, if you’re in need of financing, we are happy to work with CareCredit to provide low and no interest payment plans for qualified patients.
Dental Implant Technology
Dental implants are easily the best tooth replacement solution available today. This unique tooth loss solution replaces missing teeth from the roots up, recreating your healthy tooth structure. To maximize the success of these state-of-the-art restorations, we utilize a wide range of advanced dental technologies. Staying up to date on the latest innovative technology has vastly improved every aspect of the dental office. We are able to offer treatments that are faster, safer, more comfortable, and more precise than ever before. When it comes to complex restoration plans using dental implants, the latest technology is essential. If you want to learn more about the technology and treatment planning process for dental implant tooth replacement at Harbor East Dental, call our Inner Harbor dental office to schedule a tooth replacement consultation today.
3D Digital Dentistry
We have incorporated digital technologies into all aspects of our practice. You’ve likely seen our digital X-rays and images when you visit us for preventive or restorative treatments. These digital images make it possible for us to diagnose oral health concerns in earlier stages, more precisely plan treatment, and maybe most importantly, digital X-rays and images allow you to take more of an active role in your own oral health care plan. You can see the X-rays and images of your smile on our chairside monitor, making it easier for you to understand oral health concerns and the treatments we recommend. In addition to improving the treatment process in our dental office, digital technology has also improved our communication with the dental lab. We can immediately send our treatment plan to the lab, cutting down on the time it takes for them to begin creating your dental restorations.
3D CT Scanning
The most important technology we utilize for the dental implant process is the 3D CT scanner. This advanced digital X-ray tool is used to create a complete, three-dimensional picture of the jaw, skull, and entire bite. When it comes to dental implant treatment planning, CT scans give us all the necessary information to flawlessly recreate your lost teeth and ensure they function within your smile line.
Below the gum line, there are numerous important structures like jawbone and nerves. We use surgical guides in order to place a dental implant post in the best location to ensure it will fuse with the supportive bone and gum tissue without adversely impacting any of the other oral structures. These guides allow us to target the ideal dental implant positioning and improve your chances for successful implant placement for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Dental Implant FAQs
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, the dental implant procedure stands in a class of its own. That’s because no other form of tooth replacement provides the same benefits. While the advantages of a fully self-supporting structure are numerous, it’s understandable for patients to still have some questions about the procedure. To eliminate any guessing about some of the important details of the dental implant process, we’ve compiled a list of the top questions we’re asked at Harbor East Dental. After reading over the questions and answers, don’t hesitate to contact us to request a visit with Dr. Nancy Ward today!
Is Dental Implant Placement Painful?
We understand that the thought of having any form of dental surgery can be a little daunting for some patients. That’s why we’re happy to assure you that you won’t have to endure any pain when we place a dental implant. Before any work is done, we’ll apply a numbing medication to the treatment site to ensure your experience is comfortable and effective.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Each patient is a unique case. Therefore, the cost of the dental implant procedure can vary. When you visit our office, Dr. Ward will perform a detailed examination to determine whether you have sufficient oral health and enough viable bone material. They will also assess the number of teeth that are missing. Based on the findings, your dentist in Federal Hill can create a custom restoration plan and generate an accurate estimate so you can plan accordingly.