What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is comprised of three parts that, when connected, create a stable and permanent tooth replacement solution. The three parts of a dental implant — the titanium screw, the metal abutment, and the crown or prosthesis — are specially designed to mimic the anatomy of your natural tooth. The titanium screw is placed into your empty tooth socket, at which point it will fuse with your jaw bone and act as a tooth root. Once the screw has integrated properly with your bone, the abutment will be placed, which connects the screw to the crown or prosthesis. After the crown or prosthesis is connected, you can treat your dental implant just like your healthy teeth — you can eat whatever you want, smile with confidence, and care for your dental implant with a normal dental hygiene routine.
Dental implants can be used in a variety of restoration procedures in our Plymouth, MI, office, depending on the needs of the patient. A single dental implant can replace a single missing tooth, or several dental implants can be used to support multi-tooth bridges or dentures. When dental implants are used to support a full fixed denture, the procedure is called the All-on-4® Treatment Concept.
Why should I choose dental implants?
Whether you have been missing teeth for a long time or you’re visiting our office to have teeth removed, there are many options available to you for replacing your teeth. However, not all your tooth replacement options are as beneficial to your health as dental implants. Dental implants are advantageous over other tooth replacement options for several reasons.
Dental implants are the most like your natural teeth and are the only option that offers a permanence and stability that can protect your overall oral health. When you are missing teeth for a long time, your jaw bone often atrophies from lacking the stimulation created by chewing. Dental implants restore your tooth right down to the root, which means your jaw will remain stimulated and can avoid deterioration. Not only do other replacement options, such as tooth-supported bridges, not preserve your oral health, but they can also in some ways further damage it. Tooth-supported bridges rely on the support of nearby teeth, which means that the nearby teeth must be ground down. This can cause additional tooth loss.
For patients with extensive tooth loss, partial or complete dentures are often an option for tooth replacement. However, partial and complete dentures are typically loose-fitting and uncomfortable, and they most often aren’t ideal for proper chewing, biting, and talking. The All-on-4® Treatment Concept can restore an entire arch or even a full mouth of teeth using dental implants as support for fixed dentures. These dentures are custom-designed to fit your mouth and resemble your natural teeth, so you won’t have to worry about slipping or discomfort. Dental implants are the only solution that can help you restore your smile to its natural function and beauty with the bonus of not needing replacement — dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime if properly cared for.
How do I know if I can receive dental implants?
The best way to find out if you qualify for dental implants is to schedule a consultation at our office in Plymouth, MI. Our doctors have undergone years of specialized training and have extensive experience, both of which allow them to develop personalized dental implant treatment plans. We can tell you whether dental implants are the right choice for your needs after your consultation, which will include a thorough oral exam, detailed X-ray imaging, and a look at your health history.
Dental Implants in Plymouth, MI
If you are missing teeth, coming in for an extraction, or just want to know more about dental implants, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at our office in Plymouth, MI. The team at Michigan Oral Surgeons is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care and is always happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to helping all our patients restore their oral function and beautiful smile.