Solutions in Maryland dental care

Unfortunately, no matter how well you maintain your smile, there may be a time in your life when a tooth extraction is necessary. You’re probably wondering what happens once teeth are gone – are there options for replacing them? Absolutely!

If you’ve recently had a tooth extracted, especially in the front of the mouth, you are probably concerned about your appearance when you smile and your bite when you chew. This is normal and can be restored using dental implants, dental bridges or dentures.

One of the most popular options for tooth replacement in Maryland is a dental bridge. The dental bridge is a partial denture that spans the gap where teeth are missing, and uses adjoining teeth for support. Bridges can be created two ways – the most popular having no metal wings called a conventional bridge. With a wingless dental bridge, the dentist shapes and crowns the teeth on either side of the gap to act as anchors, and the bridge containing an artificial tooth is cemented over them. A dental bridge is made from durable materials, designed to last for 10 to 15 years, if well maintained. A bridge typically costs less than a dental implant but more than dentures.

For an even better option, dental implants are available in your Maryland dentist’s office. Dental implants in MD are a surgical procedure that provides a permanent anchor point for a brand new tooth (a crown). A titanium screw is planted in the jaw bone. The bone is left to grow around the implant for several months. Then, the dentist will take a mold of your teeth and match the color in order to create a natural looking crown that attaches to the implant. Dental implants allow those who have lost teeth to have confidence in their smiles when interacting socially, and to eat normally. It is important to start the implant procedure right after the tooth is lost in order to preserve the tooth socket as the bone around the extracted site can shrink considerably with time which can make the implant placement impossible.

The Family Smile Center treats patients like family. We’ll make your dental bridge or implant experience a great one.
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