What are dental implants in Ann Arbor, MI?
Dental implants are specially designed titanium inserts that fit in the jaw and heal in such a way that they can be used to support anything from a single tooth to an entire dental arch of missing teeth (All-on-4® Treatment Concept). Dental implants restore function and aesthetics lost with the missing teeth and will look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Many patients with dental implants forget which tooth is supported by the implant. The implant-supported teeth also restore a person’s confidence to smile, laugh, eat, and engage in activities in public. Patients with dental implants can eat all varieties of food — even corn on the cob, apples, and ribs!
Dental implant restorations commonly include three components:
- The implant is a titanium screw that is inserted into the jaw and will fuse to the bone to become the anchor for the prosthetic tooth.
- The abutment is the connecting piece between the implant and the prosthetic tooth.
- The crown or prosthesis is attached to the implant by way of the abutment. This piece mimics the function of a natural tooth and is designed to match the shape and color of adjacent teeth.
Why should I choose dental implants?
When confronted with the loss of a permanent tooth, there are several options available to replace the tooth, including tooth-supported bridges and traditional dentures. However, these options do not provide the long-term benefits that dental implants offer.
Dental implants provide the most natural tooth replacement and are the only solution that can mitigate many serious oral health problems associated with permanent tooth loss. Utilizing a tooth-supported fixed bridge is harmful to the supporting teeth because of the increased stress applied to them and may lead to loss of these teeth. Partial or complete dentures tend to be loose-fitting, bulky, and typically much less efficient for chewing, biting, and talking. They also contribute to bone loss in the jaw and can harm the natural dentition if not properly monitored. Patients will often complain about the food that will get trapped under the partial or complete denture, causing them to leave the table while eating to remove the debris.
Dental implants are self-supporting and do not rely on natural teeth for stability. Whereas other tooth replacement options must be replaced after several years of wear, dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime. They are the only option that preserves your jaw bone, other teeth, and overall oral health.
Are dental implants right for me?
The best way to tell if this permanent tooth replacement is right for you is to talk to one of our oral surgeons in Ann Arbor, MI, about dental implants. They are highly qualified to determine the best implant treatment plan for your needs. Your consultation will include a detailed history of your condition, a complete oral exam, and a review of X-rays and models of your jaw. Our oral surgeons will also consult with your restorative dentist to develop the best treatment plan for you.
We believe your best treatment outcome will come from a dedicated team including the oral surgeon, the restorative dentist, and the patient.
Dental Implants in Ann Arbor, MI
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and the various tooth replacement options available at our Ann Arbor, MI, office, we invite you to contact us at Michigan Oral Surgeons to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled surgeons. Our office and surgical staff members are happy to answer any questions you may have. Our goal is to ensure that you receive the high-quality care you deserve to restore your oral function and brilliant smile.