Dental Implant Restorations from Dentistry of Bethesda
While full dentures, partial dentures, and fixed bridges each have their own advantages for tooth replacement, they also have their disadvantages. When you lose teeth, it causes changes to occur over time to the shape of your jaw, mouth, and face. These changes can loosen the fit of your dental prosthetics, making dentures more prone to slipping. Dental implants counteract these changes, which is one advantage of this form of tooth replacement—but there are even more advantages to this newest form of tooth replacement.
Dental Implants: Artificial Tooth Roots
Your natural teeth are held in place by roots that sit in the jaw bone. Dental implants seek to replicate this action using titanium posts implanted into the jaw bone. Once this biocompatible prosthetic tooth root has been placed into the jaw bone, the bone begins to fuse with it, strengthening the anchor. A crown, or dental implant restoration, is then placed on the dental implant. Dr. Hornstein can also affix a dental bridge or a denture to two or more implants, offering a stability that is unmatched by traditional forms of these prosthetics.
Advantages of Dental Implants
While dental implants prevent tooth drifting and chewing difficulties the same as bridges and dentures, they offer other benefits. Because they anchor your restorations firmly to your jaw, you will feel an increased stability, which will increase your confidence as well, as you will not have to worry about your prosthetics slipping while you are eating or speaking. Dental implants also improve your appearance—not only because they look so much like natural teeth but also because they stimulate the jawbone tissue. This stimulation is the same as with natural tooth roots, which prevents your bone tissue from deteriorating and helps you hold onto a more youthful facial appearance.
Dental Implant Restorations in Bethesda
Dr. Spencer Hornstein is trained in both the placement and restoration of dental implants, but he chooses to work with board certified oral surgeons or periodontists in a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach. He will oversee your entire treatment from start to finish, working closely with a specialist for the placement of the implants as well as the dental lab we trust for the fabrication of your beautiful restorations.
Experience the Difference
Dentistry of Bethesda provides compassionate, personalized dental care for all members of your family, including those with special needs. Contact Bethesda dentist Dr. Spencer Hornstein today at (301) 530-2700 to schedule your consultation. We happily treat patients from Silver Spring, North Bethesda, Rockville, Chevy Chase, Potomac, and the surrounding areas.