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Dr. David A. Mugford
Dr. Tassos Sfondouris
1660 Village Green
Crofton, MD 21114

Call Us: (410) 260-0790

Single Tooth Dental Implants

If you are missing a single tooth, a single dental implant may be your best solution.A dental implant has been proven to be the best current option in replacing missing teeth, both in longevity and overall effectiveness. In fact, studies have found dental implants to have the highest level of long-term success over any other dental treatment. Having a dental implant placed is more than just replacing a tooth, it is the rebuilding of the base tooth structure.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant rebuilds the tooth root, fortifying a solid framework to permanently anchor a dental crown or other prosthetic device. Our staff at The Mugford Center can customize a treatment plan that will provide you the replacement of functional teeth that will not rely on or damage neighboring teeth. The surgical placement of dental implants is beneficial to our patients by increasing their aesthetic, and providing teeth that will work and feel like your own.

Are Dental Implants Really Worth it?

"After receiving a single tooth implant, Daniel is able to bite, chew and smile with confidence."
Daniel had the habit of carrying his dentures with him wherever he went. The lack of a tooth affected how he could chew foods, only taking small bites. Hot drinks were an impossibility for him, because they often caused painful blisters. After receiving a single tooth implant, Daniel is able to bite, chew and smile with confidence. He no longer has to remember to carry his dentures around with him, either.

A dental implant replaces the function and aesthetics of a lost or missing tooth.

How Does a Dental Implant Work?

When a tooth is lost, there are multiple options, but stabilizing a false tooth can come with complications. Most false teeth are simply hovering over the gum tissue, connected to neighboring teeth either with cement or with the assistance of clasps. Both of these options are functional, but neither is ideal. To cement a false tooth we have to significantly reduce a neighboring tooth in size, and clasps are known to scrape and damage neighboring teeth. A dental implant does not rely on or use neighboring teeth.

Why do I Need a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is different. Implants do not hover a false tooth but instead anchors a false tooth permanently in place. We surgically insert a metal post directly into your jaw bone. This option allows us to rebuild the tooth root with a firm foundation through the process of osseointegration. A dental implant provides you with a tooth, without damaging or relying on neighboring teeth.

What is the Dental Implant Process?

The replacement of a single tooth with a dental implant is completed over multiple office visits. Generally, you can expect the following:

•  Consultation: During your consultation we will exam your teeth, ask questions, discuss options, and review your treatment options.
•  Planning: After you have determined that an implant is the right option, we will create a treatment plan. This is done with digital radiology. We will want to determine the health of the bone, the density of available bone, and the placement of nerves and other tissue.
•  Preparatory Steps: Some patients may require preparation for surgery. We will want to ensure that the patient is able to heal appropriately and may need to work with your physician to adjust medications or gain control of conditions such as diabetes. Additionally, we want the patients gums to be healthy and free of periodontitis, which is a bacterial disease. Finally, we may need to increase the bulk of bone tissue through a bone graft procedure.
•  Surgical Placement: The implant surgery is completed in our office, often with just a local anesthetic. For most patients, surgery will take less than one hour. The tissue is opened, the implant is set into the bone, and the tissue is closed.
•  Healing: Healing following your surgical implantation is relatively easy. Patients may be uncomfortable for a few days, but most resume normal daily tasks within three days. The soft tissue will heal in days, but the bone tissue will take months to heal. During that time you will need to use caution with the foods you eat. You do not want to jar or dislodge your implant when healing.

How do I get a Dental Implant?

Are you ready to replace your missing tooth and schedule your dental implant consultation? It's about time that you no longer have to deal with your missing tooth. Call us today at (410) 260-0790, and we will create a customized treatment plan for your unique situation. We look forward to seeing you at our Crofton office soon! Are you looking for more dental implant information before you make your decision? Give us a call, and we can help!
1660 Village Green
Crofton, MD 21114

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Monday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 3:00pm

Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed