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What Are Dental Implants?

Wyoming, MI Dentist Dental Implants

Dental implants can help restore your smile after tooth loss. 

Many of our patients want to learn more about dental implants when evaluating their tooth replacement options, and for good reason: they’re a strong, permanent solution to missing teeth.

Our experienced dental implant dentists are always willing to answer questions about the procedure. Here are a few things you should know.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root, typically made of titanium, that’s used to anchor a dental crown.

Since the tooth implant is embedded deep into your jawbone, it proves more stability than other tooth replacement options. Our dentists may recommend a tooth implant to fill in a gap in your smile and prevent jawbone deterioration.

Why Do People Get Dental Implants?

A dental implant provides more stability than other tooth replacement options because it is embedded deep in your jawbone. This allows many of our patients to have more confidence when they eat, smile, and talk. Many of our patients also appreciate that tooth implants look and feel like natural teeth.

Unlike dentures, dental implants exert enough pressure on your jaw to keep your bone tissue healthy. Your body is able to sense missing teeth, and when this happens, it will start to absorb minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere. A tooth implant can prevent jawbone deterioration as well as facial collapse, so you can maintain good oral health and look years younger.

Will Dental Implants Work for Me?

To be a candidate for the dental implant procedure, you’ll need healthy gum and jawbone tissue. However, our dental implant dentists may recommend a bone graft if you don’t have sufficient jawbone tissue to support dental implants.

During your consultation, our dentists will help you understand your options for replacing missing teeth. If tooth implants aren’t right for you, we will help you choose the right treatment that will allow you to smile with confidence again.

How Are Implants Inserted?

Once we determine you’re a candidate for dental implant surgery, we’ll schedule the procedure.

During your first visit, we’ll cut through the gum tissue to access the underlying jawbone. We’ll then insert the tooth implant into the jawbone, where it will fuse together over the next several months. This process is known as osseointegration.

After your initial procedure, we will monitor your progress to make sure the implant fuses properly to your jawbone. Once osseointegration is complete, we will place the crown over your dental implant to give the appearance and function of a natural tooth.

Can I Get Multiple Dental Implants?

Yes! In fact, many patients benefit greatly from replacing several teeth with dental implants. 

Typically, dentures are a good option if you have lost all of your teeth. Partial dentures can help if you’ve lost a certain section of teeth. 

If you’re only missing a few teeth, or if the teeth you’re missing aren’t next to each other, implants may be right for you. Ask our dentists about getting multiple dental implants. 

Restore Your Smile

Our Wyoming, MI, dental implant dentists pride themselves on delivering quality service to you and your family. Call Family Dentistry today at (616) 534-5602, or contact us online to set up an appointment.

This blog post has been updated.