Dental Implants — Millersville, MD
The Ultimate Solution to Tooth Loss
Missing one or more teeth can make it more difficult to eat your favorite foods, speak clearly, and smile confidently. If tooth loss is holding you back in life, it’s time to rebuild your smile! At McCarl Dental Group at Shipley’s Choice, we’re proud to offer the ultimate solution to tooth loss: dental implants in Millersville! Dental implants have quickly become the gold standard for tooth replacement around the world, and now, you can get this state-of-the-art treatment right here in our office from our highly experienced and friendly team. This unique tooth replacement option can replace any number of missing teeth with the next best thing. If you’re ready to put your tooth loss behind you permanently, give us a call today and schedule your consultation!
Why Choose McCarl Dental Group at Shipley’s Choice For Dental Implants?
- Dental Implants Placed & Restored Conveniently In 1 Location
- Our Dentists Have Decade of Experience Rebuilding Beautiful Smiles
- Dental Insurance Welcome & Flexible Dental Financing Available
What Are Dental Implants?
There are three main components of a dental implant: the dental implant post, the abutment, and the final restoration. The dental implant post is small, screw-shaped, and typically made of titanium. It can be placed beneath the gumline directly into the jawbone where a missing tooth once was. There, it integrates into the bone tissue to essentially replace the missing tooth’s root structure and provide a strong foundation for the replacement teeth.
On top of the dental implant post just at the gumline, a small connector piece called an abutment is placed. This will fasten the new replacement tooth to the dental implant. Depending on how many teeth you’re missing and how many dental implants you’re getting, your final restoration could be a crown, bridge, or denture. Whichever restoration you need will be custom-made from high-quality materials for beautiful and durable results. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants like this gives you a smile that looks, feels, and functions just like natural!
The Process of Getting Dental Implants
When a patient comes to see us wanting to replace their missing teeth, the first thing we’ll do is give them an exam. If their mouth and jawbone are relatively healthy, we’ll suggest they get dental implants. Once this is agreed upon, the new titanium roots will be positioned within the jawbone. There, as a patient heals over the ensuing weeks, they will actually bond with the surrounding bone just like real tooth roots. This process is called osseointegration, and it’s the key to implants’ unmatched stability.
Once a patient has fully healed, they’ll return to McCarl Dental Group at Shipley's Choice to have their custom-made teeth attached to the implants. Depending on the condition of a patient’s oral health and how many implants they need, on average, the entire process can take anywhere from three to six months to complete.
Dr. Clayton, Dr. Jay, and Dr. Dave are usually able to surgically place dental implants as well as restore them using a variety of restorations, enabling Millersville patients to get everything they need in one convenient location. Most other dental offices force their implant patients to bounce between different doctors for each procedure, but at McCarl Dental Group at Shipley's Choice, we’re happy to save you time, money, and stress by handling everything ourselves.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Instead of just sitting on top of the gums, dental implants involve placing a small titanium post into the jawbone to recreate the root structure of a tooth. This is what allows them to offer a variety of important benefits that you simply can’t get with traditional tooth replacement options, such as:
- Closest to nature: Your dental implants will look, feel, and function just like the lost tooth or teeth, leaving you with the confidence to speak clearly, smile brightly, and eat all of your favorite foods.
- Stable foundation and strong biting force: Because of their unique placement, dental implants are more stable than traditional prosthetics like dentures and bridges, enabling patients to eat whatever they like.
- Beautifully natural-looking: Dental implants look extremely natural because they are topped with porcelain restorations, which are well-known for how much they look like natural teeth. This helps bring back a patient’s appearance as well as their oral health.
- Jawbone support and preservation: Dental implants provide internal support for the jawbone, which can stop bone loss and give the face a more youthful appearance.
- Easy day-to-day maintenance: With just regular oral hygiene and dental checkups, dental implants are extremely durable and are often able to last for decades on end.
- Lasting results: Other tooth replacement options like dentures and dental bridges may need to be replaced every 5-10 years. On the other hand, dental implants have a 90% or greater success rate after 20 years, and many people are able to keep them for a lifetime.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
Dental implants can help patients with any degree of tooth loss, and after examining you in person, we can help you decide which type of dental implant would be best for you depending on how many teeth you’re missing:
Missing 1 Tooth
After an implant root has been placed within the jaw, we can top it with an all-porcelain crown. This is much less invasive compared to a traditional bridge in which the surrounding teeth normally have to be filed down in order to make room for the prosthetic.
Missing Multiple Teeth
For two or more consecutive missing teeth, an implant bridge may be the ideal option. Like a traditional bridge, the replacement teeth are anchored at both ends to fill a gap in the smile. Rather than attaching to healthy teeth, the implant posts are placed at either end of the row of replacement teeth to anchor the bridge in place, recreating a natural, healthy smile.
For patients who are missing several teeth in different areas of the mouth, an implant partial denture could be the perfect solution. This restoration is shaped and fitted just like a traditional partial denture, but rather than attaching to surrounding teeth for support, they are anchored in place with dental implants. Depending on the number and location of missing teeth, a partial denture can usually be supported by between two and four strategically placed implant posts.
Missing All Teeth
An implant denture can be secured using just four to six implants placed along the jawbone. They offer a more stable and reliable solution compared to regular dentures, and they are also able to stop bone loss. Plus, implant dentures have been shown to restore much more of a patient’s bite strength, helping them chew a wider variety of foods with ease.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Because dental implants are so versatile, the cost of the treatment can vary quite a bit from patient to patient depending on their unique situation. The number of teeth that need to be replaced, where they are located in the mouth, and what type of restoration is used can all make the procedure more or less expensive. What will you be expected to pay for implants? We can let you know when you come to see us for an in-person consultation.
What’s important to know is that even though implants tend to cost more upfront compared to traditional bridges and dentures, they are guaranteed to last multiple times longer, which often helps patients save money overall. Instead of needing to redo your new teeth every five to ten years, which is average with regular bridges and dentures, implants can endure for about 30 and are often a onetime cost.
Advanced Dental Implant Procedures
To be considered a good candidate for dental implants, you’ll need to have a healthy mouth and a strong jaw. However, this can often be a problem for patients who have long-standing tooth loss or oral health issues! Thankfully, we may be able to help you become a good candidate for dental implants with a few preliminary treatments or advanced dental implant procedures, such as a bone graft or sinus lift. During your consultation, we’ll determine if you need any extra services to get ready for your new smile and walk you through them step-by-step so you’ll know exactly what to expect.
Dental Implant Post- Op Instructions
Our highly experienced team of dentists has years of advanced training in implant dentistry, so you can rest assured that your smile is in good hands. After your dental implant placement surgery, we’ll provide you with specific instructions on how to care for you mouth over the following hours, days, and weeks. While your jawbone will need several weeks or months to heal fully, you should be feeling completely back to normal in no time with the right post-op care!