Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots, placed directly into the jawbone and offering permanent support better than dentures and bridges. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone to serve as a foundation for an artificial tooth, permanent bridge, and in some cases, dentures. For patients missing one or more teeth, dental implants serve as a permanent solution as they look, feel, and function just like real teeth. Implants are typically made of material that will mimic the look and feel of natural teeth.With dental implants in place, you will be able to enjoy all of your favorite foods, speak comfortably, and share your smile confidently.
Candidates for dental implants must have decent bone in their jaw to support the anchor. If a patient does not have the needed amount of bone mass, they can consider receiving a bone graft to make them eligible. We will surgically place the implant into the jaw during oral surgery. The bone around the implant will heal within months, causing the implant to become strong enough to hold a replacement solution. Once your implant has healed, you will return to our office for the placement of your customized restoration. Typically, patients will have a crown, bridge, or dentures attached. These restorations will remain in your mouth unless removed by a dentist.
Dental implants will restore the beauty, function, and longevity of your smile by restoring bone in the jaw, preventing bone loss and sagging of the face. Your health, confidence, and beautiful smile will be restored thanks to this permanent, stable solution. You will be able to chew properly and maintain the youth and shape of your face. You also never have to worry about your teeth looking fake because your crown will blend perfectly with your real teeth. With dentures, you have to remove them in order to properly clean your mouth. With implants, you will maintain your oral health the same way you would with real teeth.
With dental implants, the main concern for care is to avoid periodontal or gum diseases because they can cause the implants to fail and fall out. To avoid gum disease, you should brush, floss and visit us for cleanings regularly to keep your gums healthy and other teeth free of cavities and decay. The other concern is damage to the crown that is attached to the implant. This can happen if your face is hit hard or if you grind your teeth or clench your jaw. To avoid this damage, we recommend mouth guards during contact sports as well as during sleep if you are prone to nightly grinding or clenching.
If you are tired of dealing with dental adhesives, it is time for dental implants! Call our office at 616-538-9020 to schedule an appointment or fill out our online contact form on our contact us page. We will find the best restorative dentistry option for you!