Nearly 70% of adults aged 35 to 44 years have at least one missing tooth, however, the prevalence of complete tooth loss among adults aged 65 and older was 12.9% in 2015–2018. If you have multiple or complete tooth loss, this can limit food choices, impair social interactions, and greatly diminish your quality of life. The good news is due to advances in dental technology coupled with extensive training, the highly skilled team at Columbia Center for Implants & Periodontics offers flexible tooth replacement options in Columbia, MD customized to fit your unique smile needs. From implant supported snap-in and fixed dentures to our full arch dental implant protocol called New Smile Today!, our periodontists are dedicated to delivering state-of-the-art missing tooth solutions for radiant smiles that last a lifetime!
With complete dentures, the lower part of the tailor-made permanent denture is built to replicate natural gum tissue from an acrylic material and the teeth are typically made of a specialized acrylic or resin. Although traditional dentures have come a long way in the last few decades and are less expensive than dental implants, common complaints include discomfort, clicking, slipping, falling out, speech difficulties, removing them for cleaning, and messy adhesives. Dentures can restore the appearance of your smile but can’t prevent jawbone deterioration. That’s why many traditional denture wearers experience changes to their facial structure. With implant-supported dentures, our goal is to create a restoration that perfectly fits your face shape and jaw size, just like natural teeth. Our implant retained prosthesis concept is versatile because it can be customized to replace a few missing teeth, all your upper or lower missing teeth, or both arches. One of the biggest benefits of implant-supported dentures in Columbia, MD is that bone loss can often be prevented and even reversed in some cases.
We offer several different implant-supported replacement options for patients missing all their lower teeth, upper teeth, or both arches. The upper jaw requires more implants than the lower jaw because the bone isn’t as hard. A significant benefit of the implant-supported prosthesis protocol is that this contemporary tooth replacement solution can be precisely customized to each patient.
Dental implants typically have three parts including an implant screw, abutment, and crown (prosthetic tooth). The screw replaces the natural tooth root to provide a permanent support for the fixed replacement tooth or teeth. The titanium or ceramic (zirconia) implants fuse with your natural bone over a period of months through a process called osseointegration. Dental implants in Columbia, MD offer the most stable, reliable, long-lasting, natural-looking, and versatile tooth replacement option available today.
If you’re looking for a removable denture, we can place two to four implants in your jaw with a denture that snaps onto the implants with a ball attachment. This implant-supported option is more stable for chewing than traditional dentures, although movement isn’t completely eliminated. This can lead to sore spots if any food particles (e.g. seeds) get caught underneath. As with all removable replacement teeth, periodic appointments are required for denture adjustment.
This option involves placing four to eight implants into your jaw, based on your unique jaw size and shape. As mentioned, upper arches generally require more implants than the lower jaw. After healing is complete, the implants are connected with a custom-made support bar. The denture is crafted with special internal retention clips that attach onto the support bar, resulting in less movement than the ball option. This type of denture is also removable for easy cleaning and maintenance.
NEW SMILE TODAY! is a contemporary tooth replacement option in Columbia, MD for people with multiple missing teeth or complete tooth loss. We leverage advanced technologies during the entire process, including X-Guide dynamic 3D navigation and Yomi® robotics to ensure the highest degree of precision when placing your implants. Our New Smile Today! solution requires fewer implants, reduces overall treatment time and cost, provides greater stability in the bone, and often eliminates the need for bone grafting.
At Columbia Center for Implants & Periodontics, we believe in leveraging the latest evidence-based technologies to benefit our patients. Whether you’re missing just a few or all your teeth, we accurately place dental implants with digital technology based on your specific anatomy, functional needs, and aesthetic values. Using the latest software, we use data from our 3D CBCT scan and intraoral scan to digitally create a model of the final customized prosthesis and plan the ideal positioning of implants in areas of your jaw with the densest bone. We then use custom 3D printed surgical guides and state-of-the-art robotics to deliver precise and efficient implant surgery. This approach results in minimal postoperative discomfort and highly accurate outcomes.
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