If you’re missing one or more teeth, dental implants can help restore the look and function of your smile. Implants are a sturdy and reliable way to replace missing teeth, making them a favorite solution among dentists and patients alike.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are metal posts that are embedded into your jawbone in the space where you’ve lost a tooth. The post is then topped with a crown, creating a seamless appearance that looks just like your natural smile.
The dental implant procedure takes place in phases. First, the implant must be embedded into your jawbone. Once this surgery is complete, it will take a few months for the implant and your jawbone to fuse together. This process is called osseointegration.
After the procedure, it’s important to take good care of your oral health to promote the healing process. Lifestyle factors like smoking or poor oral hygiene can jeopardize your implant and, in some cases, will cause the implant to fail. Eat soft foods and follow our dentist’s directions to ensure the procedure’s success.
You may receive a temporary tooth restoration during the healing stage. Once the implant has completely healed, you can be fitted with your permanent restoration and your smile will be complete.
In order to be a candidate for the dental implant procedure, your jawbone must be in good condition. As the bone begins to deteriorate once a tooth is lost, our dentists may recommend a bone graft before you can receive your dental implants. We’ll let you know what type of dental restoration is best for you.
Ready to Make an Appointment?
Dental implants are a reliable tooth replacement option for many patients. To make an appointment with our dental implant dentists in Shelby Township, MI, call the office of Jeffrey T. Baker DDS at (586) 992-9222 today.