Dental Implants

Linda Jones-Laper, DDS

Family Dentist & General Dentist located in Elkridge, MD

Dental implants are a life-changer. They not only brighten your smile, but also your life. If you’re considering dental implants for a missing tooth, Dr. Linda Jones-Laper in Elkridge, Maryland, can help. As one of the top dentists in Howard County, Dr. Jones-Laper is specially-trained in restorative dental care. Call the office today or book an appointment using the online booking agent.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are prosthetics that are surgically implanted in your mouth. Unlike dentures, you can’t remove implants. They’re durable and look like your natural tooth, so no one will know you have them.

There are two types of dental implants:

  • Endosteal: The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone and most common type of implant.
  • Subperiosteal: The implant lays on the bone, usually in the gum.

Dental implants can replace as many teeth as needed. Implants have been used for more than 30 years and are completely safe. The implant that attaches to your jaw is made of titanium, which is a biocompatible metal and well-tolerated.

Who can get dental implants?

Almost anyone with a fully-developed jaw bone can get dental implants. It’s also important to have good oral health and free of gum disease. If you’re not sure dental implants are right for you, Dr. Jones-Laper can examine your teeth and mouth to determine if they’re a good option.

Dental implants are also good options for people with dentures who need a more permanent solution.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

The benefits of dental implants include:

  • Permanent and look natural
  • Bone protection
  • Help maintain jaw shape
  • Improve your smile
  • Long-lasting

Dental implants are the next best thing to your real teeth, and they may last longer than your other dental prosthetic options such as dentures and bridges.

What is the difference between a restoration and dental implant?

Dr. Jones-Laper specializes in restoration implants.

Restoration is the placement of a prosthetic tooth into the implant. The implant itself is surgically placed into the bone or gum. The tooth, or restoration, is fastened securely into place to the implant, usually by a screw.

How do you care for dental implants?

To keep your smile bright, you need to treat your dental implants as you would your natural teeth. That means brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist to minimize plaque buildup.

It’s also important to visit Dr. Jones-Laper as recommended so she can keep an eye on your implants and restorations, as well as monitor your overall oral health.

If you’re considering dental implants, call the office to schedule an appointment or use the online booking tool.