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.
October 3, 2015
Missing one or more teeth is stressful on its own, but for patients who experience dental anxiety or phobia or have pain management problems with local anesthetic alone, replacing missing teeth may seem impossible. The fear can be even more crippling for patients who wish to have dental implants surgically placed. We have good news for these patients. At Delmarva Sedation Dentistry, Dr. Edward T. Dougherty and his Ocean City, MD dental team offer outstanding implant dentistry in a friendly, calming practice with the added benefit of sedation dentistry experts on staff. If you’re interested in finding out about dental implants or other tooth replacement options and how dental sedation can help, call the Delmarva Sedation Dentistry team today.
March 15, 2015
There’s bad news and there’s good news. The bad news is the tooth fairy isn’t real. The good news is that if you’re an adult who’s missing one or more teeth, you can replace those teeth with dental implants. Also called tooth implants, dental implants are the most lifelike tooth restoration because they replace both the crown and the root of a tooth. Dr. Edward T. Dougherty, Jr. at Delmarva Sedation Dentistry in Ocean City, MD, is a diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists who will restore your smile and your confidence with dental implants.
Replacing a missing tooth is not only a matter of appearance, although that is certainly important. Another factor to consider is the effect on your overall health when you have missing teeth. Even one missing tooth can compromise your ability to eat a healthy diet. Furthermore, adjacent teeth may shift and cause an uneven bite, and missing teeth make gum disease more likely.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Dr. Dougherty is a Master in Dental Anesthesiology, so he will first make sure you are comfortable and relaxed for your dental implant procedure. Whether you prefer mild sedation with nitrous oxide (laughing gas), moderate sedation with an oral sedative or even if you would rather “sleep” through your treatment with IV sedation, Dr. Dougherty and his staff are trained to accommodate your needs.
The procedure itself begins with minor surgery during which Dr. Dougherty implants a small titanium post in your empty socket. Dental implants can also be used to firmly secure partial or full dentures, in which case we’ll strategically position posts along your arch. Over the course of your three- to six-month healing process, the post and your jawbone will bond. In this way, the post not only provides a firm foundation for your tooth restoration—usually a crown—but also helps avert the problem of bone deterioration. When you’ve completely healed, Dr. Dougherty will attach your permanent crown.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you would like to learn more about dental implants, call Delmarva Sedation Dentistry to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Ocean City, MD, as well as throughout the entire Delmarva Peninsula, including Bethany Beach, Selbyville, Rehoboth, Fenwick, Ocean Pines, Salisbury and Berlin.
May 23, 2012
A missing tooth can be an obstacle in more ways than one. Not only can it affect your self-confidence, it can also have a serious impact on your overall health. But Dr. Edward Dougherty has a solution that can help you. As a restorative dentist for the Ocean City area, Dr. Dougherty offers dental implants to help patients reclaim their smiles, their confidence, and their health.
A Solution You Can Count On
Of all the restorative options available, the one that most closely mimics a natural tooth is dental implants. That’s because dental implants are made up of not only a crown but an implant, which is placed into the jaw to act as a prosthetic tooth root. After the implant has had time to fuse with the jaw, your new tooth will be affixed, creating a restoration that blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
But what if you’re missing more than one tooth?
That’s not a problem. Dr. Dougherty can use dental implants to address a wide variety of restorative needs. Maybe you need a bridge, a partial, or a full denture. No matter which of these you might need, if you’re a candidate for dental implants, we can help you reclaim your smile.
How can you know if you’re a candidate?
By coming to our Ocean City dental office for a consultation appointment. During this consultation appointment, we can begin gathering all the information we’ll need to determine if dental implants really are the right treatment for you.
Call us today to schedule your appointment. We serve patients from all across the Delmarva Peninsula, including Bethany Beach, Selbyville, Rehobeth, Fenwick, Ocean Pines, Salisbury, and Berlin.
December 5, 2011
Every smile is different. Some patients may need to restore their whole smile with dentures, while others may have most of their natural teeth and just need to restore a couple.
Regardless, filling gaps left behind by missing teeth is important. Without them, speaking and eating can be more difficult, while a patient’s confidence may also be impacted. That’s why, at Dr. Dougherty’s Ocean City dental office, we offer three options for dentures: removable, partial, and implant-supported.
March 15, 2011
Dental implants are called “nature’s rival” for a reason – many reasons, actually! The natural look and feel of implants, coupled with their longevity and durability, make them an attractive choice for folks just like you who want to replace missing teeth or secure a denture or bridge.
October 18, 2010
Are you missing one or more teeth? Do you have a loose denture that slips at the most inopportune times? Dr. Edward Dougherty gives patients beautiful, secure, long-lasting smiles with dental implants. The doctor is an accomplished oral surgeon, implant dentist, and sedation dentist. He’ll take care of every phase of the dental implant process. You’ll receive the attention you deserve from a dentist and team Ocean City trusts. (more…)