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.
September 24, 2013
Missing teeth can have a huge impact on both the appearance and health of your smile. At Delmarva Sedation Dentistry, we can reverse these signs of smile damage with the help of dental implants or implant-supported dentures.
When you lose a tooth the rest of your teeth are immediately at a higher risk of falling out as well. Also, your remaining teeth will shift around to try and fill the gap in your smile, which could have a serious impact on the way your bite functions. Also, when the tooth is gone so is the tooth root, which helps to anchor the jawbone and increases your risk of bone loss. For all these reasons and more, it’s essential for the health of your smile to replace missing teeth.
Dental implants are a great choice to replace missing teeth. This is a secure tooth replacement method that closely mimics a natural tooth. A titanium post is inserted into your jaw and will bond over time, forming a secure base for the implant. Once this bond has formed, we can then attach your replacement tooth or even dentures to complete your restoration.
We have a variety of ways to replace missing teeth and restore your smile. If you’re interested in dental implants or implant-supported dentures, give us a call today to learn more or schedule your initial consultation.
If you’re interested in learning more about oral sedation or scheduling an appointment, give us a call at our West Ocean City dental office. Delmarva Sedation Dentistry serves patients from 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 28, 2011
The New Year is a time for fresh starts. If you’re looking for a way to give your smile a fresh start, consider a smile makeover from Delmarva Sedation Dentistry. A smile makeover doesn’t involve one particular procedure but a combination of any of our cosmetic or restorative services, from teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, crowns, bridges, dental implants, and more.
Regardless of which choose, though, the aim is the same—to restore your confidence and youthful appearance with a brand new smile.
If you’ve been considering cosmetic surgery to help you turn back the clock on your wrinkles, consider a smile makeover from Dr. Dougherty instead. Many smile makeover procedures can help by offering your smile the support it’s been missing, volumizing your features in the process.
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…)
April 19, 2010
For many people, choosing a good dentist can seem to depend on luck more than anything else. Unless you can secure a recommendation from a family member or friend, oftentimes the process is akin to picking a name out of a hat. But today’s modern resources offer the tools you need to make an educated decision before you schedule that first visit.
This blog and accompanying website, for example, can provide invaluable insight into the kind of practice the Dr. Dougherty runs here in Ocean City, and what services we offer. By browsing through the pages on this site, you can get a clear picture of the treatments available. We even have a section that discusses your financial options, and you can get to know Dr. Dougherty a little better by reading his personal bio page. If you have any questions about our services or treatment affordability, feel free to call the office and go over them with our friendly and knowledgeable team members. (more…)
January 7, 2010
Whether you’ve lost one tooth or multiple teeth, you know it can be an obstacle to your social wellbeing and your overall health. Something as simple as having dinner with friends or getting your picture taken might become a source of embarrassment, not to mention the day-to-day challenges of living without a fully functional set of teeth. Replacement options are plentiful, from dentures secured by suction or fixative to single tooth stand-ins that clip on to surrounding teeth. How do you sort through the choices? If you’re looking for a long-lasting, attractive, healthful answer to the problem of missing teeth, though, search no further. Restorative dentist Dr. Dougherty offers Ocean City patients a solution they can count on: dental implants. (more…)