When you lose a tooth, we may recommend replacing it with dental implants. In fact, we can use them to address major cases of tooth loss, including the total loss of your teeth! They can last for decades, but what makes them last so long? In today’s blog, your Livonia, MI, dentist talks about the longevity of implant dentistry.
The Dental Implant
First, let’s talk about the dental implant itself. Each one is composed of three main parts. The first is the implant itself, a small screw-like device that is inserted into the jawbone. This is made from titanium, a biocompatible material the body accepts as natural tooth structure. Next is the abutment, which connects to the post and extends above the gum line. Finally, we have the part people see. For an individual one, we could attach a custom-made dental crown. For individuals with multiple missing teeth, we may affix a dental bridge or possibly dentures.
Placement and Osseointegration
Using digital technology, we gather detailed images of your smile and jaw to plan the placement process with detail. We then guide the posts into place, situating them at an angle and position to stimulate the growth of jawbone tissue and support a new prosthetic. The osseointegration process means that the jaw no longer loses mass and density, as the body accepts the new post as a natural root. This allows your prosthetic to stay in place for years to come, decades or even a lifetime. We then attach the abutment and the crown or prosthetic. For some patients, we could attach the prosthetic in the same day, so you leave with a complete smile!
Protecting Your New Tooth
These new teeth have the potential to last for decades to come. But how do we ensure this? Well, you need to care for them as you would your natural teeth. Be sure you continue to brush and floss daily, and try to avoid tobacco products. Cut back on the consumption of sugary foods and drinks, and also be sure to see us every six months. We will monitor your new smile with a checkup, and also remove all plaque and tartar with a cleaning. This helps prevent issues that could comprise your ewe smile too, scubas periodontitis. If you have any questions, then give us a call today.
DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT REPLACING MISSING TEETH?
A whole new smile is possible, one that looks and functions like a natural one. To learn more about placing and restoring your new teeth, 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.