Losing a tooth often makes you never want to smile again. Luckily, your friends at Papillon Dental Care in Upper Marlboro, MD, offer dental implants that faithfully mimic real teeth in every way! Read on to learn how Dr. Felix Papillon places these amazing tooth replacements that improve patients' smiles for life.
Traditionally, dentists have used bridges, partial, and full dentures to fill smile gaps and restore facial appearance and oral function. However, these prosthetics have problems of their own such as:
- Slippage and the need for messy denture adhesives
- The need for the reduction and crowning of supporting teeth (in the case of fixed bridges)
- A life span of about ten years with the need for refitting and relining (in the case of dentures)
- Bone and soft tissue loss because conventional bridges and dentures simply rest on top of the gums and cannot provide the exercise needed to maintain tissue density, width, and height
To avoid these side effects, our office in Upper Marlboro, MD, offers dental implants and implant-supported bridges/dentures! These restorations circumvent the above-listed problems by effectively replacing tooth roots—a feature not offered by other dental replacements.
Dr. Papillon places these implants directly into the jaw, allowing the bone and implant to naturally fuse together through a process termed osseointegration. While osseointegration takes some time, it works exceptionally well to anchor the implant and provide a stable foundation for the later addition of a porcelain crown.
Most healthy teens and adults can receive dental implants after receiving a preliminary consultation. Good oral and systemic health, along with adequate bone in the jaw, ensure implant success and long-term retention. How long will your implant last? Likely, you'll enjoy its many benefits for the rest of your life.