Are you missing a tooth or two? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans over the age of 30 are missing teeth, and it’s actually quite more common than you might think.
However, there’s a great remedy to missing teeth – dental implants. It’s fast becoming one of the dental world’s most common treatment options for missing teeth, and it’s what we like to recommend here at Pedar B. Didriksen DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.
At the start of the treatment process, your dentist, Dr. Pedar Didriksen, will perform a thorough examination of your mouth and will take a few X-rays. This gives us a detailed understanding of your oral health and even the condition of your bone structure. If you’ve had past issues with chronic periodontal disease, tooth decay or tooth extraction, you might lack the sufficient bone structure needed to mount a dental implant. In a situation like this, we often recommend that you receive a bone graft before an implant is placed.
The implant procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, which might require deep sedation. This means that you will need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.
When receiving the implant, an oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gums to gain direct access to your jawbone. A narrow channel is made in the bone and a titanium post is screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to your bones to create a very strong anchor.
After your gums have healed and the titanium post has fused to your jawbone, our Pedar B. Didriksen DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry team can start the process of installing a standard crown.
Implants are a great way to get back the beautiful, full smile you deserve. Don’t put it off any longer. Call us today at 410-208-2900 to schedule your consultation, and we’ll see what implant process will best benefit you and your unique needs.