The numbers surrounding tooth loss in the United States are staggering — 178 million people are missing at least one tooth, and 40 million are missing all of their teeth. When it comes to replacements, few options beat the stability and functionality of a dental implant. At Daniel Park, DMD, PA, in Crofton, Maryland, Dr. Park offers dental implants, helping his patients enjoy easy chewing, speaking, and smiling long into the future. To learn more about why dental implants are such a great choice, call or use the online scheduling tool.
A dental implant is a replacement tooth that mimics your real tooth right down to the root. With a dental implant, Dr. Park places a titanium post into your jawbone, and your bone grows up and around it, fusing it into place. Once the post is secure, Dr. Park covers it with a crown, restoring your line of teeth.
When you lose a tooth, you lose much more than meets the eye. Below your gum line, your teeth have long roots that securely anchor your teeth into your jawbone. So when a tooth succumbs to trauma, decay, or gum disease, the tooth, and its roots come out, leaving a visible gap, as well as a hole in your jawbone.
The problem with this is complex. First, your bone is living tissue that’s constantly regenerating itself, so when your bone registers the inactivity in the area of your missing tooth, it ceases to rebuild the bone, which can lead to bone loss.
This bone loss can then spread and compromise your neighboring teeth, causing them to shift out of place, and putting them in jeopardy of falling out.
With a dental implant, Dr. Park is able to stop the bone loss by placing the titanium post into your jawbone. When your body understands that a new “root” is in place, it continues to regenerate the bone around the implant, making it as stable as your original tooth.
Because of this superior stability, Dr. Park often recommends implants as anchors for bridges or dentures.
Getting a dental implant typically requires several visits. During your first visit, Dr. Park ensures that any remnants of your tooth are cleared away to make room for the post. Once the tissue and bone are healthy, Dr. Park places the implant and allows time for your jawbone to fuse it into place. Once the post is secure, Dr. Park caps it with a crown that fits in with your surrounding teeth.
If you’d like to learn more about dental implants, call Daniel Park, DMD, PA, or use the online scheduling tool to set up a consultation.