At All About Smiles Dental Cosmetic Center, we understand the benefits of dental implants as a replacement for missing teeth. Dental implants are a strong and durable alternative to bridges and dentures, and they can help improve appearance, speech, comfort, and oral health.
All About Smiles provides quality dental care in Canton, Roseville, and the Metro Detroit area. Learn about our process for dental implant placement, the candidacy criteria, and how implants can help stabilize loose dentures.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. Other benefits of dental implant surgery include:
Whenever you lose a tooth, the biting forces change on the teeth next to the space, causing them to shift. Opposing teeth may even begin to extrude out of the socket, which means they too could eventually be lost. Also, as your bite changes, it gets more difficult to chew your food, and you may suffer damage to your jaw joint. It’s also much harder to clean teeth that have shifted because harmful plaque and tartar collect in the new hard-to-reach places created by the shifting. This causes tooth decay and periodontal disease.
As you can see, it’s critical that we replace a lost tooth. An excellent option for replacing a missing tooth is an artificial tooth secured by a dental implant. Implants are titanium cylinders that are surgically placed in your jaw to serve as artificial tooth roots. Attaching a replacement tooth to a dental implant allows us to avoid placing a bridge. Bridges require that we prepare the adjacent natural teeth, and that weakens them substantially.
Dental implants and porcelain crowns are practically indistinguishable from your natural teeth, and they fit so securely that you won’t even notice it when you chew and speak. When we place dental implants, it’s not necessary for us to alter the structure of the adjacent teeth, so that their strength and integrity are maintained. Also, a dental implant replaces the roots of a missing tooth, which helps to fend off the bone loss that occurs when real teeth are missing.
In essence, an implant is the next best thing to your natural tooth. Start-to-finish, the procedure may require several months to complete, because it can take about three to four months for the dental implants work to fuse to your bone tissue through a process called osseointegration.
If you have a lower denture, you probably know how hard it can be to eat comfortably. When lower teeth are lost, the bone in the jaw continually recedes. Over time, this causes a lower denture to become loose and floppy. Even worse, there are nerves in the lower jaw that can end up on the surface of the bone. When you bite down, it hurts!
Fortunately, it’s usually possible to place most dental implants into the lower jaw so that you can avoid problems associated with dentures. Dental implants are small titanium cylinders that are surgically inserted into the bone of the jaw to replace the roots of missing teeth.
One way to use implants in the lower jaw is to connect the implants with a bar, and then put clips into a new lower denture. These clips snap onto the bar and keep the denture from rocking and shifting. The denture can still be removed at home for easy access and cleaning of the dental implants and bar. Another option is a lower bridge that may be cemented in or held in place by screws.
Using dental implants to support either a lower denture or bridge will keep the pressure off the bone and the nerves. The implants also help stop the bone loss in the jaw that continues once teeth have been removed. Securing restorations with dental implants can make a world of difference, allowing you to eat, talk, laugh, and smile with confidence again.
A dental implant won’t work for you if you aren’t in good general health. Your gums and jawbone must be healthy enough to support the implant, and you must be meticulous about your daily home care routine. You’ll also need to visit us up to four times a year for cleanings.
We won’t recommend dental implants if you suffer from a chronic illness such as diabetes, as this can interfere with healing. If you are a smoker, you may not be a good candidate for a dental implant. (Smokers are at greater risk for gum disease, and gum disease weakens the bone and soft tissue needed to support the implant.)
If you’re interested in replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant, we will perform a thorough evaluation to determine whether your health and lifestyle make you a good candidate for this relatively new approach to restorative dentistry.
Looking for quality dental care in Canton, Roseville, or the Metro Detroit area? Look no further than All About Smiles, your family dental center! Led by Dr. Salah and his friendly staff, we are committed to ensuring every patient achieves healthy teeth and a beautiful smile in a stress-free environment. We use the latest dental procedures and state-of-the-art equipment to provide top-notch care to meet all of your dental needs.
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