Individuals and families throughout the Baltimore and greater northern Maryland area have turned to Hunt Valley Dental for the latest, safest, and most comfortable treatments that modern dentistry offers. Our dentist, Dr. Thomas Rhodes, is well-versed in advanced technologies and techniques to restore or sustain healthy oral function and the attractive appearance of your smile.
Notably, Dr. Rhodes provides various dental implant services to replace missing teeth.
Intact, permanent natural teeth are stabilized in the jawbone by tooth roots. Dental implants mimic the design of these natural teeth. The implant itself is made from a biocompatible material, such as titanium. This material is formulated to attach to surrounding tissues. For this reason, medical-grade titanium is often used for various medical implants or prostheses.
Titanium dental implants positioned and integrated into the jaw function like tooth roots. They are attached to the prosthetic tooth (or teeth). In turn, implants “root” or hold the dental crown, bridge, or denture in place. This natural design is unique; conventional bridges and removable dentures are not anchored in the jawbone. They are held in place by neighboring teeth or by natural suction and adhesive products. So, this one-of-a-kind design also supports many unique benefits. These benefits include:
First, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rhodes. He will evaluate the state and condition of your mouth and discuss your personal preferences and other treatment considerations. Many patients, even those with existing bone loss, can enjoy the many benefits of dental implants to replace teeth.
Some patients may need to undergo a “preparatory” procedure: bone grafting. A donor bone graft is transferred to the implant site. The graft is secured to build up deteriorated or lost bone. This process further encourages bone regeneration. Once a solid foundation of bone has been established, Dr. Rhodes can precisely place the implant in the jaw. He uses the latest technologies to pinpoint the best position for each implant. As few as four implants may be positioned to support an upper or lower denture.
Once the implant has healed and joined to the surrounding bone, the prosthetic teeth are placed. A crown may be connected to a single implant. Or, a bridge or denture may be secured to strategically placed implants. We at Hunt Valley Dental will not know the best option for you until after we assess and discuss your needs and goals for treatment.