Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?

You can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all your teeth with implants. You don’t even need one implant for every missing tooth. As few as two implants can support a removable lower denture, while as few as four implants can provide a full, permanent set of top or bottom teeth.

Is dental implant surgery painful?

Most people find dental implant surgery very easy to tolerate — and that’s something to smile about! Any post-operative discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or a similar non-prescription pain-reliever. Ice can also be helpful in reducing swelling, soreness, and inflammation.

Are dental implants expensive?

At the outset, implants are more expensive than other tooth-replacement methods such as dentures or bridgework. But they also last many years longer and in fact should never need replacement. So they offer the best, most cost-effective option when viewed as a long-term investment in your health, comfort and well-being.

How do you care for dental implants?

They require exactly the same care as natural teeth: daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental checkups and professional teeth cleanings. Although implant teeth will never decay, the gum tissues around them can become inflamed or infected in the absence of good oral hygiene. Properly cared-for dental implants should last a lifetime.

Can my body reject a dental implant?

Strictly speaking, implants can’t be rejected because they contain no living cells or genetically coded material. The titanium of which they are made is completely biocompatible, and allergies are extremely rare. But an implant tooth can fail to integrate with the jawbone if an infection develops without practicing good oral hygiene, or if it is subjected to biting forces too soon. However, this is rare; implants regularly achieve success rates in excess of 95%.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

There’s a good chance that you are, but this can only be determined after a complete oral examination that includes x-rays of your jaws. Please schedule a consultation with our Baltimore dentistry to begin the exciting process of restoring your smile and bite force.

Bite Into The Best Dental Implants That Baltimore Has To Offer

Your smile is one-of-a-kind, so whether you need a tooth replaced or you’re seeking cosmetic enhancement, you’ll want to ensure that your dental implant is one-of-a-kind, too — the one that’s the best kind for you!

For the best dental implants, dentures, and cosmetic dentistry services in Baltimore, choose Federal Hill Smiles! Along with Dr. Denise Markoff, our experienced team of dental specialists will work with you to find the perfectly personalized dental implant that addresses the unique needs of your unique smile! Learn about our dental implants and tooth replacement services below, and please feel free to contact our dentistry in Baltimore to schedule an appointment or request more information.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants, such as those we offer at Federal Hill Smiles in Baltimore, are small titanium posts that replace the roots of missing teeth. Dental implants are inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure, which is minimally invasive, and usually takes place at a local dental office. After the implant has been positioned and properly placed in your jawbone, a lifelike porcelain tooth crown is securely attached.

In some cases, the dental implant may need to undergo a several-month-long process that allows it to fuse with the bone. The implant must be integrated with the natural bone for two to three months before it is permanently crowned.

In most cases of dental implants, it is possible to leave the dentist with new, temporary teeth on the same day the implants are initially placed. These placeholder implants are replaced with a permanent dental prosthesis when it is appropriate for the patient and their needs.

For the best dental implants and dentures in the Baltimore area, choose Dr. Denise Markoff and Federal Hill Smiles! Learn more about dental implants and tooth replacement below, and visit our blog for even more resources.