Dental Implants

Dental implants not only restore your smile, but improve speech, chewing, and self-esteem. They are surgically embedded, unlike other forms of restoration that sit on top of the gums, so there’s no risk that they’ll shift when you least expect. If you have missing teeth, you owe it to yourself to schedule a consultation with one of our West Michigan dental implant dentists. We’ll examine your smile and listen to your needs before moving forward with what’s best for you.

Here’s what else you need to know.

Understanding the Structure of a Dental Implant

An implant consists of 3 major parts: the metal post, the abutment, and a dental crown. The post itself is what gets placed in your jaw while the abutment serves as a middle connector piece that brings the post and crown together. The actual implant is always placed first with the abutment following and the crown being affixed last.

Qualifications for Receiving Dental Implants

There are several factors that affect whether dental implants are the best method of tooth replacement for you. Our dentists will evaluate your mouth with an oral exam and take time to discuss the implantation procedure with you should it prove to be the most effective solution.

Having a dental implant placed can work if you have:

  • Teeth missing due to extraction or dental emergency
  • A jawbone that’s fully grown
  • Plenty of bone to properly secure the implants or qualify for a bone graft
  • No health conditions that will interfere with bone healing
  • The desire to improve your speech
  • No habit associated with tobacco products
  • Time to commit several months to the healing and placement process

Comprehensive Dental Implants FAQ

1. What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root, typically made of titanium, that supports a crown much like a natural tooth root would. Dental implants are designed to fill in gaps where teeth are missing so a patient’s smile can be restored.
2. What are the benefits of dental implants?
There are several benefits that come with having dental implants. For one, they are more stable than dentures because they are anchored to your jawbone. This means there is no worry about them moving at inopportune times.

Dental implants also look and feel natural. Thanks to their long-lasting stability, you’ll be able to continue eating many of your favorite foods.

3. What is the dental implant procedure?
The entire dental implant process takes several months to complete. Our dentists will first confirm that you are indeed a candidate for dental implant surgery and if you are, will begin the procedure at a scheduled time.

During your first appointment, we will administer anesthesia before inserting the implant into your jawbone. Over the next few months, the tooth implant will fuse to your jawbone. This process is known as osseointegration.

Your healing will be monitored by our dentists and once the implantation is complete, you’ll return to have a porcelain crown placed over the implant.

4. Are there alternatives to dental implants?
If you are not a candidate for dental implants or are more comfortable with removable teeth, we recommend that you try either full or partial dentures. Though no surgery is required, dentures are still designed to function like real teeth and can help you regain confidence in your smile. We can also discuss the possibility of a dental bridge as well.
5. How long do dental implants last?
If treated with care and proper oral hygiene habits are practiced, dental implants can last decades. Continue to floss and brush daily to prevent plaque and tartar buildup.

Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation

Our dental implant dentists in West Michigan are here to speak one-on-one if you’re interested in permanently restoring your smile. Call one of our MI Smiles Dental locations down below to schedule an appointment and get started!

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