Dr. Wooddell and Dr. Passaro provide advanced and comprehensive implant dentistry for the placement of all types of dental implants to restore your smile. Whether you are missing one, several or all of your natural teeth, dental implants can be used to provide a new smile that is functional, comfortable and looks like it’s your own.
We take a team approach to your restorative dental care, including the coordination of additional care with local specialists as needed.
Dental Implants in Davidsonville, MD
Dental implants are different from other tooth replacement options because they effectively replace all parts of the lost tooth. They consist of three parts:
- Implant fixture: also known as the post, a titanium post implanted into the bone serves as the anchor for your implant, replacing the lost tooth root.
- Abutment: a collar like piece connects the post to a custom dental crown, stabilizing both parts and sitting beneath the gum line.
- Dental crown: a custom ceramic dental crown acts like a prosthetic tooth when used as part of a dental implant. It is custom matched to your existing natural teeth or your appearance, durable and stain resistant.
Wooddell & Passaro Dentistry Dental Implant Testimonials
After enduring more than eighty years of continuous dental nightmares, I had the extreme good fortune to find the dental firm of Wooddell & Passaro.
Together we agreed and carried out a course of action which included the insertion of fourteen (14) implants and upper and lower teeth. This process required approximately six hours of dental surgery. Subsequently, I experienced one day of discomfort due to normal swelling, but within a week I was able to return to my home in Florida. Since that time I have never had a problem or pain, and can now eat steak, corn on the cob, and anything else I couldn’t previously chew.
At first glance, the cost of this procedure might seem “pricey.” However, the comfort of pure joy at being able to eat anything with no discomfort is “priceless!”
Dr. Wooddell is not only brilliant, but is kind, gentle, and caring as well! He’s my man! – Jean M. Schmuhl, The Villages, FL
The Dental Implant Process
A successful dental implant process relies upon thorough evaluation of your oral structure and placement planning. Dr. Wooddell and Dr. Passaro have been leading local dentists in the incorporation of advanced 3-D digital imaging into implant dentistry for results that are more stable, predictable and lasting.
Using CBCT scanning, we look at all factors affecting the position of your existing teeth or the structure of your jaw if all teeth are gone and a denture is being placed. This diagnostic imagery allows for more accurate and successful implant placement, minimizing impact to natural teeth or to the function of the bite for a better outcome and more stable implant.
The first part of the procedure is the placement of the titanium post into the jaw bone. Once complete, there is a healing period of 3-6 months needed for all soft tissues to heal and the bone to begin to integrate with the new post. We will follow up with you to coordinate the next step and to monitor your progress.
The abutment is placed next and impressions will be taken for use in the creation of your final restoration, a custom crown. When the tissue around the abutment are healed and the crown is complete, we will permanently secure your new tooth or attach your bridge or denture.
Our interdisciplinary approach means that we will enlist the expertise of local specialists as needed to ensure that you receive the best possible dental care throughout the implant process. We will provide personalized pre and post procedure care instructions to assist you with recovery and ensure the best result both during and after the implant process.
Dental Implant FAQs
Will the new tooth blend with my smile?
Yes. As with our other dental prosthetics, this one is designed based on impressions and images gathered of the smile. We use natural looking materials to create the restorations that top the implant posts, ensuring the new tooth matches the surrounding ones.
Can the dental implant prevent facial collapse?
Yes. Facial collapse occurs when you lose one or more teeth. The body stops supplying the jawbone with vital nutrients once it registers the missing tooth roots. Soon, the jawbone tissue loses density, dissolving and causing the patient to take on a much older appearance. However, dental implants are inserted directly into the jaw, acting as new tooth roots and stimulating jawbone growth.
Will the new tooth last longer than a bridge or removable denture?
Yes. On average, a bridge can last between 10 and 15 years before requiring adjustment or replacement. Dentures may last between five and ten years before needing to be adjusted or replaced. Dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime with proper care and attention.
Will I be able to eat as I did before losing my tooth?
Yes. You will be able to eat a great variety of foods, improving your overall nutritional intake. There are no dietary restrictions or foods to avoid after getting dental implants.
Schedule A Consultation
To learn more about dental implants or discuss your dental health needs with one of our dentists, contact us at (410) 343-7075 or schedule an appointment online. We welcome new patients seeking dental implants in the Annapolis, MD, Davidsonville, MD, and Crofton, MD area. We also offer consultative second opinions for restorative dental care needs.