If you have tooth loss, then you understand how this impacts your quality of life. For a replacement option that lasts for decades and provides unrivalled security, then you should consider dental implants. In today’s blog, your Livonia, MI, dentist talks about implant candidacy and the value of this dental prosthetic option.
The Risks of Your Lost Teeth
Losing natural teeth can be very embarrassing, and lead to issues with your social interactions. However, there are also significant risks to your overall oral health too. Missing teeth limit your ability to eat a variety of food, which could impact your nutritional intake too. You could also lose further teeth and develop an aged appearance as the jawbone around the lost teeth begins to deteriorate due to missing roots. For others, the changes to your bite balance could strain the jaw joints and increase the risk of issues like TMJ disorder and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). However, by addressing your lost teeth with dental implants, you can improve the function, health, and beauty of your smile.
The dental implant post is made from biocompatible titanium and inserted into the jawbone through oral surgery. The process of osseointegration bonds the posts with the jawbone, securing them like tooth roots. Which means you need enough jawbone tissue to support these posts. If you have lost mass and density in your jawbone due to tooth loss, then we can either offer All-On-4® or Mini Implants that don’t require as much jawbone tissue, or we could rebuild your smile with ridge augmentation or sinus lifts. We also look for underlying oral health issues like gum disease, and treat them to prevent implant failure.
Placing and Restoring Your New Teeth
Using advanced digital technology, we will plan and guide the placement process, ensuring your posts are at the right angle to support an individual restoration or a bridge or denture. These will be custom-made to look natural and provide a durable chewing surface too. In some cases, we complete the placement and restoration in the same sitting, so you leave with a complete smile after one visit! If you have any questions about implant dentistry, or about addressing your tooth loss in 2021, then contact our team today. Make this year the one you finally obtain a full and beautiful smile once again!
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Don’t live with missing teeth, make 2021 the year you obtain a full and beautiful new smile. To learn more about our lifelike dental prosthetics and routine care to prevent tooth loss, then call James Stewart, DDS, dental implant office in Livonia, MI, at (734) 425-4400. We also serve the residents of Farmington, Plymouth, Dearborn Heights, and all surrounding communities.