At our dental practice, we are dedicated to enriching the lives of patients who choose and cherish excellence. Our office is proud to offer patients the premier option for their tooth replacement needs: dental implants. Dental implants in Towson, MD restore the look, feel, and functionality of your missing tooth.
As highly trained and experienced prosthodontists, Dr. Ousborne and Dr. Esterson can provide comprehensive restorative dental care for patients with missing teeth and related dental problems.
About Dental Implants in Towson, MD
Dr. Ousborne and Dr. Esterson are your local restorative and prosthetic dentists in Towson, MD. They provide high-quality dental restorations for patients facing tooth loss, including dental implants. Patients love dental implants due to the extensive list of long-term benefits that they come with which you won’t find elsewhere in another type of dental restoration.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant restoration is made up of several parts that will work together to replace missing teeth. The implant posts have to inserted into the jaw bone during a surgical procedure. It will take several months for this titanium piece to fuse with the surrounding bone. Then it will capable of supporting a dental prosthesis and providing stimulation for the bone to regenerate. You will get many more benefits with this solution that you simply won’t find in other dental restoration options.
Dental Implants FAQs
We are happy to answer any questions you might have regarding tooth replacement at your upcoming appointment. Here are some answers to frequently asked dental implant questions:
What are the benefits of dental implants?
There are many benefits to dental implants. Dental implants are a stable, secure solution that lets you avoid dietary restrictions and preserve your facial appearance while also preventing bone loss. Patients with dental implants get improved form, function, and speech, so they can confidently smile, comfortably chew, and speak. Additionally, dental implants provide patients with an excellent esthetic result and a stable solution to replacing missing teeth.
How long does the dental implant process take?
The dental implant process can take several months due to the healing time required. Because the titanium post will need to be surgically implanted, the implant site must fully heal to allow the post to fuse with your jawbone. This may take several months to complete the final restoration.
However, a temporary prosthesis will often be inserted during the interim. Following the healing period, an abutment will need to be added to the post. This is a minor procedure but will come with an additional healing time. After a few more weeks, a dental crown will be applied to the abutment and you will have a fully restored tooth with tooth-root functionality.
How painful is getting a tooth implant?
It can vary from patient to patient, but typically the process is not very painful. You will likely experience discomfort and soreness after the tooth implant procedure. However, you can manage this with over-the-counter pain medication. You should follow your dentist’s instructions after the tooth implant procedure. This will ensure a successful recovery.
How many appointments for a dental implant?
A dental implant procedure will require multiple appointments. Since every case is different, it is hard to say how many appointments a particular dental implant procedure will take for you. Most appointments take several months. Overall, most people will need at least two appointments for dental implants.
What should you not do after dental implants?
Do not touch or brush the gums around the tooth implant area for at least a week. Additionally, you should avoid eating hard or chewy foods during this time, as they can irritate you. You should also limit sugary food and drinks; they can lead to bacterial growth and infection. Finally, do not smoke for at least two weeks, as it can delay healing and lead to potential complications.
Will they sedate me for a dental implant procedure?
Placing dental implants is a surgical procedure. As a result, your dentist will recommend some form of sedation. The type of anesthesia your dentist will use will depend on the number of implants you will get. Most dentists will give patients the option of either IV sedation or nitrous oxide sedation. When you use these two options together with local anesthesia, they can help put patients at ease.
Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation in Towson, MD
We are your dentists in Towson for maintaining a healthy, stable smile. Dr. Ousborne and Dr. Esterson maintain our practice mission of excellence in all things dentistry for the benefit of our patients and their long-term dental health and wellness. If you are looking to learn more about your tooth replacement options, please schedule an appointment with our dental professionals online. We look forward to seeing you soon.