If you are missing one or more teeth, a dental implant may help you restore your smile. A dental implant replaces an entire tooth from its root to its crown. Dental implants can also replace multiple missing teeth with dental bridges or dentures.
Tooth Replacement at its Finest
Whether you are missing one tooth or many, it affects your oral health. When you don’t replace missing teeth for an extended period, it can cause damage to your remaining natural teeth and your jaw bone.
Replace Your Missing Teeth
If you leave your teeth missing for too long, it can cause unnecessary stress on your surrounding teeth because they are taking on the pressure that would typically go to the tooth or teeth that are missing. Also, when a tooth is missing for too long, bone loss can occur in your jaw bone. Missing teeth can also affect your facial structure and appearance, making some people look older than they are. If you’d like to avoid these things from happening to you, it’s time to start seriously considering your dental replacement options.
All About Dental Implants
Think of dental implants as artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. When dental implants are placed in your jawbone, they bond with your natural bone. Dental implant posts are made of sturdy titanium, making it easier for the post to adhere to the jawbone. An advantage to receiving a dental implant rather than a dental bridge is that the dental implant’s post stimulates the jawbone, leading to less decay and sinking of the bone.
A connector – an abutment – is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support your crown. The crown is custom-made to match your natural teeth.
Modern dental implants have been used successfully for over 30 years. They are the most robust devices available to support replacement teeth – and even better, they allow these new teeth to feel, look and function naturally.
Can Dental Implants Replace More Than One Tooth?
Yes, dental implants can replace many teeth. The three main parts of the dental implant are the post, the abutment, and the attachment. In every dental implant procedure, the post and the abutment are the same. The part that may differ is the attachment. If you are missing one tooth, your dentist may recommend a dental crown. However, if you are missing multiple teeth, your dentist may recommend a dental bridge or denture. Dental implant-supported dentures use four to five dental implants placed in the gums to support a complete set of teeth, the denture. In a few visits, you can completely transform your smile.
How Do I Care for My Dental Implant?
At Birmingham Dental, we recommend that you care for your dental implant similar to the rest of your natural teeth. We recommend developing a good oral hygiene routine. Remember to brush, floss, and use mouthwash twice a day for a good oral hygiene routine. Additionally, it would help if you visited Birmingham Dental every six months for a dental cleaning and exam. This will allow Dr. Coburn or Dr. Sgalia to monitor the health of your teeth and spot potential dental concerns.
Contact Us About Dental Implants Today!
Many people looking for replacement tooth options will choose dental implants because of their long-lasting benefits and excellent appearance. Dental implants can replace one or more missing teeth and completely restore your smile. In a few appointments over a few months, you can receive the smile of your dreams. If you would like to learn more about dental implants in Birmingham, MI, or schedule a consultation appointment, give our office a call today!
If you have teeth in need of repair, we have a solution for you. Perhaps your teeth are discolored, cracked, misshapen in some way, or maybe they’re even missing. No matter your situation, we can help. Our goal at Birmingham Dental is to make you feel comfortable and satisfied with a new dental restoration.