Missing teeth leave gaps in your smile that can affect your speech and chewing abilities. At Royal Dental Center in West Bloomfield, Michigan, Manal Ismail, DDS, offers dental implants for patients with missing teeth who want to restore the look and feel of their natural teeth. If you’re interested in dental implants, call Royal Dental Center or schedule an appointment online today.
Dental implants are titanium restorations that replace your natural tooth roots. Teeth contain two portions: the crown — visible above the gumline — and the root, which holds the tooth in place below the gumline.
Beyond stabilizing your teeth, your tooth roots also stimulate your underlying bone and tissue to prevent shifting teeth, bone resorption, and other oral health complications. By replacing your tooth roots, dental implants allow your replacement teeth to look and feel as natural as possible.
The most popular benefits of dental implants include:
Dental implants hold your replacement teeth securely, allowing them to mimic the appearance of natural teeth.
Unlike removable dentures, dental implants require no special care. You can brush and floss your teeth just as you normally do.
The overproduction of saliva is common in individuals with poor-fitting dentures. By holding your artificial teeth in place, dental implants help prevent saliva from impacting your speech patterns. They also allow you to chew comfortably.
Dental implants stimulate the bone in your jaw to prevent bone loss and resorption. This helps protect your oral health from shifting teeth and tooth loss.
The planning and placement process for dental implants can take several months. When planning your treatment, your dentist uses dental cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans to map out your implant placement.
Dental implants require healthy bone in the jaw, so you may need a bone graft if you don’t have enough bone to support the replacement tooth roots.
At your implant surgery appointment, your dentist administers an anesthetic before inserting the thin titanium post into your jawbone through the empty socket. Over the next 6-12 weeks, your bone and tissue naturally heal around the implant to stabilize it.
Your dentist at Royal Dental Center takes impressions of your mouth once it fully heals. Over the next 2-4 weeks, an outside lab creates your replacement teeth, which your dentist connects to the implants at your final appointment.
Dental implants are a safe, long-lasting solution to replace missing teeth. To learn more, call Royal Dental Center or schedule an appointment online today.