About Dental Implants
Missing teeth can erode the ability to eat, smile, laugh and enjoy other daily activities. Dental implants are one of the best options for replacing missing teeth. A dental implant is a root form fixture that can provide permanent support for:
- Single Crown
- Crown & Bridge
- Fixed Screw Retained Prettau zirconium full contour/full arch bridge
- Removable Over Denture
Choosing a dental implant expert who has the verified training, education, and experience specific to dental implants is crucial. Dr. Djawdan is a member of a small group of dentists who are Board Certified by the American Board of Implantology/Implant Dentistry and is considered and expert in implant dentistry. Dr. Kian Djawdan has the experience, training, and credentials to personally handle both your surgical and restorative dental goals.
We use advanced technology to offer our patients precision and accuracy in diagnosis and treatment. In 2004, we were one of the first dental practices in the world to have an in-office dental CT scan. With a dental CT scan and 3-D imaging software, we can fully visualize the placement of dental implant(s) in a real 3-D environment and then design a surgical and restorative plan.
ABOUT THE DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURE
Computer guided dental implant surgery streamlines the treatment process and provides the patient with permanent teeth in record time. The system combines a unique planning program, a surgical template and the immediate load concept.
CT Scans and 3-D imaging software are used to assess bone structure and map out the areas of best integrity. Computer guided implant surgery provides greater patient satisfaction and simplifies the dental implant treatment process.
You will feel comfortable knowing that Dr. Djawdan will personally handle every step of your tooth replacement, including planning, surgical placement and restoration. We offer the convenience of one office with one dentist.
BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Losing one or more of your teeth creates a gap in your smile, affects your ability to chew properly, and can alter your diet and nutrition. In addition, tooth loss can lead to bone loss – which can alter the shape of your face and make you appear much older than you actually are.
These images simulate the progression of bone loss and the effects that missing teeth can have on the appearance of your face.
WHY CHOOSE DENTAL IMPLANTS
- 98% success rate – highest of any dental procedure!
- Helps to avoid bone loss and gum recession associated with tooth loss.
- Restores proper chewing, leading to a better diet and improved health.
- Avoids grinding down healthy teeth for conventional bridgework.
- Improves speech.
- Increases comfort.
- Helps promote long-term facial integrity.
REAL PATIENT STORIES
TYPES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
At the Djawdan Center for Implant and Restorative Dentistry, Dr. Kian Djawdan utilizes advanced technology not found in most dental practices to plan your tooth replacement solution in a real 3-D environment.
There are a number of dental implant solutions depending on your specific needs.
Missing one or two teeth?
Dental implants can be used to replace one or two teeth. Usually, the implant is placed and restored with a porcelain dental crown or bridge. Dental implants can be used to replace teeth that are congenitally missing or teeth that have been lost due to accidents, tooth decay, gum disease or other reasons.
The tooth implant will help to maintain the bone structure and prevent neighboring teeth from moving or shifting, which can cause additional problems and/or tooth loss.
Missing several teeth?
If you are missing several teeth in a row, dental implants can be placed to support a hybrid-bridge or partial denture. Dr. Djawdan offers treatment with the aid of sedation dentistry so that you can have your replacement teeth restored in just a few visits, while you sleep.
Missing all of your teeth?
We offer a variety of treatment techniques to replace all of your missing teeth using dental implants. We can also secure ill fitting dentures with the use of mini dental implants. Favored solutions include “All on Four” Dental Implants and “Teeth in a Day” which offer immediate function dental implants, so you never have to go a day without your smile.
HOW MUCH DO DENTAL IMPLANTS COST?
Dental implants are an advanced restorative treatment that requires the services of a skilled professional utilizing state-of-the-art technology. The cost of treatment can vary widely depending on the number of teeth missing, the condition of the bone and gums and the aesthetic goals. While treatment certainly isn’t cheap, we urge patients to consider not just the dollars and cents of the treatment – but the value that dental implants can provide in terms of the improvement to dental health and quality of life.
We offer complimentary consultations and free patient seminars which give you an opportunity to visit our Annapolis dental office, meet our team and learn about the dental implant treatments that are right for you. During this consultation, we can review dental implant cost and discuss payment options.
PAYING FOR YOUR DENTAL IMPLANT TREATMENT
Despite the proven health benefits of dental implants, they’re often considered to be an elective procedure and generally are not covered by dental insurance. However, there are a variety of options available to help you pay for your dental implant treatment and our friendly staff can help you review your options.
At the Djawdan Center for Implant and Restorative Dentistry, we offer a number of flexible payment arrangements:
- We offer a 5% courtesy accounting adjustment for payment by cash or check
- We accept Visa, MC, Discover, American Express and Care Credit
- Monthly payment plans offered by The Lending Club
Often times, we find that patients are able to secure the best terms and rates through equity loans. That means going through a private lender, such as the bank, and using collateral (car, house, boat, etc) to secure the loan amount.
DOING NOTHING ALSO HAS COSTS
Avoiding dental implants because of treatment cost can mean more expensive treatment and decreased quality of life. The longer you put off dental implant treatment, the more likely you are to need additional procedures that can increase total cost, such as:
- Bone grafting
- Sinus surgery
- Additional dental implants
- Periodontal (gum) treatment
And it’s not just the financial cost of all these treatments. Going without your teeth impacts the way your smile looks, your ability to speak and your overall self confidence. The impacts of missing teeth can be far reaching, affecting your overall health, social interactions and even ability to get a job.
Here are a few statistics:
- Patients who are missing one or more teeth are more likely to suffer from heart disease1
- 87% of denture wearers complain of bad breath2
- 29% of denture wearers report eating only soft or mashed foods3
- 28% of denture wearers take medication for gastrointestinal disorders4
1. Delta Dental. (2014) Study links tooth loss and heart disease. http://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/heartmouthdw.html
2. Van Sant, C. (2007, July). Five Things You Should Know About Dentures. Registered Dental Hygienist Magazine. http://www.rdhmag.com/articles/print/volume-27/issue-7/feature/5-things-you-should-know-about-dentures.html
3 and 4. Misch, C. (2005). Dental Implant Prosthetics. St. Louis: Elsevier Mosby.
DENTAL IMPLANT FAQS
What materials are used in a Dental Implant?
The most common material used for a dental implant is titanium or a titanium alloy. Ceramic may also be used in patients wishing to have a non-metallic option.
What are the benefits of having a Dental Implant placed?
There are many benefits to having an implant placed. A missing tooth can be replaced without cutting down the adjacent healthy teeth as is required when placing a bridge. Implants allow the dentist to replace missing teeth even when a bridge is not an option. Dental implants can provide a more stable base for a denture, particularly in the lower jaw. Also, dental implants help to preserve and maintain healthy jawbone in the area of the missing tooth or teeth. With proper home care and maintenance, dental implants can restore your smile and chewing ability for a lifetime.
What are the risks associated with a Dental Implant?
There is always a small chance that the dental implant will fail to integrate with the jawbone and have to be removed. Certain medical conditions can put you at a higher risk for implant failure. As with any surgery, there is a potential risk of surgical complications when placing a dental implant. Improperly positioned dental implants can make it difficult–if not impossible–to place a useful dental restoration in the mouth. Implant supported restorations do not have the same feeling as a normal tooth and it is possible to put too much pressure on them when chewing, leading to damage of the implant restoration or opposing tooth.
What is the alternative to replacing a missing tooth with a Dental Implant?
Bridges, dentures or partial dentures can replace missing teeth without requiring implants. The missing tooth or teeth can also be left without replacement. This, however, can lead to other problems such as an unstable bite or unwanted movement of the surrounding teeth.
We understand that you maybe gathering information about your treatment options and not sure where to begin…
We would like to share with you that welcome the opportunity to help patients explore all possible treatment solutions. We are not a corporate chain with high pressure sales people. There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution. We believe in listening to what you want to achieve and then designing a custom treatment solution based on what you to achieve. You may have several treatment options to consider. We understand that most people have to plan and budget for the treatment they want and we welcome the opportunity to be a part of that process. If you have questions, please feel free to call us 410-881-1070 if it’s after office hours you can email us by filling in the Have a Question contact form. If you are ready to schedule your judgement free consultation, please feel free to call or complete the request a consultation form.