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If you have teeth you would like to replace, or are missing one or more teeth, dental implants can bring health and beauty back into your smile. Akeso Oral, Facial & Dental Implant Surgery is the leading dental implant provider in Nottingham, MD, serving Baltimore County and surrounding areas. Our oral surgeons will closely evaluate your oral health and create a custom treatment plan for your tooth restoration needs. Contact our office in Nottingham, MD, today to schedule your consultation.

What Is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are a popular option for restoring teeth because they look, function, and feel like natural teeth. While removable dentures and dental bridges rest on the bony ridge in the mouth, dental implants fuse to the jaw bone beneath the surface, creating a solid foundation and allowing you to enjoy full functionality of your replacement teeth.

A dental implant is the only type of replacement tooth that prevents jaw bone loss by stimulating the jaw bone, similar to natural tooth roots. Other options leave you at risk for jaw bone deterioration due to a lack of stimulation, which can cause facial features to sag or other teeth to shift out of position. You can receive as many implants as you need, and every implant is customized to each patient for natural-looking results.

Types of Dental Implants

There are a variety of dental implant treatments available at Akeso Oral, Facial & Dental Implant Surgery. We use advanced technology and implant systems to deliver optimal outcomes and will help determine the right treatment for your needs.

  • Single Tooth Replacement. One dental implant can restore a tooth anywhere you would like a replacement. This includes front teeth, canine teeth, and molars.
  • Multiple Tooth Replacement. If you're missing multiple teeth, we can use individual implants or an implant-supported bridge to replace them.
  • Same-Day Dental Implants. A dental implant can be inserted immediately following tooth extraction, as long as there is sufficient jaw bone, which eliminates the need for a separate surgical visit to place the implant.
  • Full-Arch Restoration. This life-changing procedure is ideal for patients missing many or all of their teeth and uses several implants to secure a fixed denture in one or both arches.
  • Mini Dental Implants. These toothpick-sized implants are placed through less-invasive techniques and are ideal for patients who cannot undergo invasive procedures or who lack enough jaw bone for a full-sized dental implant.
  • Zygomatic Dental Implants. Whereas a traditional implant is inserted into the jaw bone, zygomatic implants are inserted into the cheek bone and are great for patients who lack upper jaw bone density and are not suitable for a sinus lift.
  • Zirconia Dental Implants. Traditional implants are made of titanium, and zirconia implants are made of a ceramic material, making them ideal for patients with metal allergies or who prefer a metal-free option.
  • Pterygoid Dental Implants. Pterygoid implants are inserted into the pterygoid plate in the skull. They eliminate the need for bone grafting and are an option for patients who have experienced severe upper jaw bone loss.

The Dental Implant Procedure

At the consultation, we will take 3D scans of your mouth and design your treatment plan. We offer many types of anesthesia, including general anesthesia and IV sedation, to ensure your comfort during the surgical procedure.

Dental implant placement takes about one hour per implant and is performed in our office. Your surgeon will insert the implant post into the empty tooth socket, making an incision and using sutures to close the wound if necessary. We may provide you with a temporary crown to wear while you heal. We will provide post-operative instructions, which outline how to care for your implant site and maintain good oral hygiene during the healing process.

Over the next few months, the implant will fuse with the jaw bone in a process known as osseointegration. After it has fully healed, you will return to our office for a second procedure where an abutment will be attached to the implant. We may place the abutment during the initial procedure, eliminating the need for a second visit. After the abutment and soft tissues surrounding the implant have healed, your dentist will attach the final crown and your dental implant treatment is complete.

Types of Anesthesia

There are many types of anesthesia and sedation options available to you.

Denture Replacement With Dental Implants

Removable dentures are a quick way to replace missing teeth, and they do not require surgery. Although seen as a cost-effective solution upfront, dentures can become an expensive investment because they must be replaced every few years and do not protect the jaw bone, possibly leading to costly and extensive bone repair treatment down the road.

Dental implants, however, are a long-term solution that many people who wear dentures turn to. Through full-arch restoration, we can secure a fixed denture using dental implants, which keeps the jaw bone strong and eliminates the inconvenience of removable appliances. Learn more about denture replacement with dental implants by contacting us in Nottingham, MD, today.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of a dental implant will depend on your dental insurance, choice of anesthesia, number and type of implants, additional procedures, and the complexity of your treatment. We will provide you with a cost estimate for your dental implants during the consultation appointment and discuss your payment and financing options.

Can I get dental implants if I have periodontal disease?

Gum disease is an infection that damages the teeth and gums, and healthy gums are required to support an implant. Gum disease should be treated and bone grafting may be necessary to reverse bone loss prior to receiving a dental implant.

Is a tooth implant painful?

We offer a range of anesthesia options, therefore many patients do not experience pain during dental implant surgery. Some discomfort and swelling can be expected following any procedure, but this will subside quickly. Once the implant heals, it will feel just like a natural tooth and will not cause pain.

How soon after extraction can I get an implant?

If you have adequate jaw bone, we can place an implant on the same day as tooth extraction. This is called same-day implants, or immediate implants, and saves you time and money by eliminating the need for a second surgical procedure.

Committed to Patient Care & Clinical Excellence

As a patient at Akeso Oral, Facial & Dental Implant Surgery, you can expect to receive the highest level of care from a team centered around your needs. We proudly serve patients of all ages in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan areas and invite you to contact us to schedule your appointment.