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By Dr. Patrick Gallagher, D.D.S.
October 01, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental ImplantsDental implants are a beautiful and permanent way to restore your smile without the hassle of daily maintenance or the worry of your teeth shifting or falling out during a conversation. Knowing the ins and outs of dental implants is crucial in determining if this is the best tooth replacement option for you. Find out more about dental implants and how they can help you with Dr. Patrick Gallagher at Gallagher and Eden Family Dentistry in Westminster, MD.

How does a dental implant work? 
Your dentist uses an oral surgery to place your dental implants into the jawbone beneath your missing tooth or teeth to replace them below the gum line. Throughout the healing process, the bone grows around the implant, locking it naturally into place to provide a solid foundation for your implant’s prosthetic, which replaces the missing tooth itself.

Are dental implants safe? 
Dental implants have been in use for over 50 years, are FDA-approved, and are a tried-and-true gold standard for teeth replacement. They are considered safe to use and have a low risk of complications or rejection. Dentists recommend dental implants for patients who are in good dental and medical health and can undergo the appropriate procedures without complications.

Can a dental implant help my smile? 
Dental implants can help most people with at least one missing tooth. A good candidate for implants has healthy gums and enough bone underneath the missing tooth to support the implants’ fixtures. After receiving dental implants, patients should have a great at-home oral care routine which consists of brushing at least twice daily and flossing between each tooth at least once. These two at-home steps paired with a strong commitment to biannual dental examinations will keep your teeth and implants healthy and clean for years to come.

Dental Implants in Westminster, MD

To find out if you can benefit from dental implants, consult with your dentist to ensure that this is the best treatment option for you. For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Patrick Gallagher at Gallagher and Eden Family Dentistry in Westminster, MD. Call (410) 848-3866 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Gallagher today!

By Dr. Patrick Gallagher, D.D.S.
October 07, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
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Imagine not having your upper teeth for talking and eating, not to mention your appearance, and you’ll have some idea of what Beauty the bald eagle experienced after losing the top of her beak to a hunter’s bullet in northern Idaho. She couldn’t groom or feed herself and could barely drink water, relying instead on the conservation group that had taken her under their wing for assistance. But the magnificent raptor was eventually made whole and able once again to eat, drink and preen unaided. It took a visionary mechanical engineer and a very skillful dentist who designed and attached the first-of-its-kind bald eagle “dental” prosthetic — dubbed the “bionic beak.”

Prosthetic Teeth for Humans

Fortunately, the field of human prosthetic dentistry (or prosthodontics) is much more advanced than it is for our avian friends. We have several options for replacing missing teeth (as well as parts of missing teeth) that restore aesthetic appearance and functionality while potentially preventing other problems such as the drifting out of alignment or loss of remaining teeth.

Bridges. As the name suggests, these custom-made devices span the area that is missing a tooth/teeth. Fixed (not removable) bridges are made up of an artificial tooth/teeth fused between two crowns that fit over your existing teeth or dental implants (see below) on either side of the gap. There are removable bridges, but they are considered temporary fixes.

Dentures. These are custom-made removable replacements for missing teeth. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to fixed bridges and are used when some teeth are missing in an upper or lower arch (jaw). Full dentures are used when all teeth are missing in an arch. Replacement teeth are embedded in an acrylic base that fits over your gums and mimics their color.

Dental Implants. These are the closest thing to having your own tooth/teeth back. An implant is a small titanium post that is placed in the jawbone beneath the gum to serve the same purpose as a tooth root. Once the bone joins to the implant (a process called osseo-integration), a lifelike crown is attached to it.

We would be glad to discuss which option would be right for you.

If you have questions about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery,” and “Crowns & Bridgework.” Beauty the eagle’s story of rehabilitation can be found here: http://blog.theanimalrescuesite.com.