June 13, 2017
If you are missing one, a few or even an entire row of teeth, then you’re not alone. According to the American Dental Association, the average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has at least three seriously decayed or missing teeth. Of course, this is not necessarily the kind of company you want to keep—especially when there are great options for tooth replacement. At Delmarva Sedation Dentistry, Dr. Dougherty offers bridges, dentures and dental implants to recreate your perfect smile. By far the most natural looking and feeling tooth replacements are dental implants in Ocean City. Read on to learn more about how implants and other tooth replacements can restore your smile as well your overall well being.
Dental Implants in Ocean City
Whenever possible, Dr. Dougherty recommends dental implants for tooth replacement. Why? There are several reasons:
- Dental implants replace both the root and crown of a missing tooth.
- Dental implants are stand-alone prosthetics that do not have any affect on adjacent teeth.
- As a root replacement, an implant stimulates healthy new bone tissue growth that keeps your jaw from shrinking.
- With proper oral hygiene and regular checkups, dental implants can last for a lifetime.
Dr. Edward Dougherty studied implantology at the Misch Institute and is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. As such, he will be able to perform both the surgical phase and the restorative phase of your dental implant procedure. During minor oral surgery, titanium posts are strategically positioned in your jawbone—how many are necessary will depend on how many teeth are being replaced. Over the next several months of healing, the implants and surrounding bone will fuse together. This fusion is what provides the secure foundation for your new tooth and stimulates healthy bone development.
The process concludes when Dr. Dougherty attaches a custom crafted porcelain crown, bridge or denture to your implants.
Other Tooth Replacement Options
Although Dr. Dougherty prefers dental implants whenever possible, there are other tooth replacement options that provide excellent results. A crown and bridge is a permanent replacement that is indistinguishable from your natural teeth. With this prosthetic, dental crowns are attached to healthy teeth on both sides of the gap in your smile. These crowns are secured to the false teeth that are suspended across that gap.
Alternatively, there are also dentures. Once again, the type of denture that is best for you will depend on the extent of tooth loss. A partial denture can be ideal if you’re missing a few teeth in one area of your mouth. A full denture, on the other hand, rests securely but comfortably on your gums to replace an entire arch of teeth. Finally, implant-supported dentures are permanent tooth replacements that combine the beauty of dentures with the security of dental implants.
Learn More About Your Tooth Replacement Options
Dr. Dougherty would be glad to meet with you, assess your tooth loss and recommend the best tooth replacement option for you. Call Delmarva Sedation Dentistry today to schedule a consultation and learn more about dental implants, bridges and dentures.
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