Dental Implants in Baltimore, MD
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Are you one of the millions of Americans dealing with tooth loss? Not sure of the best way to replace one or more missing teeth? You’ve come to the right place. Our dental team at K. Michael Murphy and Associates is ready to create your beautiful, natural restoration that will look just like the rest of your smile. If you are looking for a long-term tooth replacement, then dental implants could certainly fit your goals and needs.
What are dental implants?
A single implant is made up of durable titanium and it is designed to function like tooth roots. When a tooth falls out the roots are no longer there to stimulate the jawbone and to keep it healthy. To prevent the jawbone from deteriorating (one of the most common complications of untreated tooth loss), our restorative dentists can place an implant into the jawbone to take over the role of the missing tooth’s roots. Implants are the only restoration that actually stimulates the jawbone just like real tooth roots, which prevents further bone loss from occurring.
Who is a good candidate for implants?
Getting implants is a rather involved process but one that is worth it for so many people who are suffering from tooth loss. After all, no other restoration more closely resembles a real tooth in the way implants do. Of course, in order to be right for treatment you will need to come in for a thorough evaluation to make sure you are healthy enough for implants.
During your evaluation, we will assess your oral health and make sure your jawbone is strong enough to support an implant. We will also need to make sure that you are maintaining good health overall. Those with untreated cavities, gum disease, or chronic health problems, like diabetes, will need to have current health conditions properly treated or managed before considering implants.
Also, those who smoke are at a significant risk for implant failure. While implants have an extremely high success rate, bad habits like smoking can significantly reduce the success rate and lead to implant failure. If you are currently a smoker who is interested in implants, you’ll want to quit smoking prior to treatment.