Do you need to replace a missing tooth or teeth? Dr. Shane Davidson, your West Bloomfield, MI, dentist, explains how dental implants can help you.
Dental implants restore your confidence
After you lose a tooth, you may not feel like smiling anymore, particularly if a big grin reveals that empty spot in your mouth. Dental implants not only replace missing teeth, but also improve your self-esteem.
Implants keep your jawbone strong
At this very moment, the roots of your teeth are stimulating your jaw by exerting pressure on it. This stimulation helps keep your jawbone strong and healthy. When you lose a tooth, the area underneath gradually begins to weaken and shrink because it no longer receives any stimulation. If you've lost several teeth, you may eventually notice facial sagging as your jawbone shrinks.
Because dental implants replace your roots, you'll never have to worry about the strength of your jawbone after tooth loss. Your West Bloomfield dentist places the implant in a hole in your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. The implant looks like a tiny screw and is made of titanium, a strong metal that bonds easily to bone.
In some cases, your dentist may add a crown to the top of your tooth the same day you receive your implant. The crown replaces your lost tooth above the gum line. In other cases, you may need to wait several months until the dental implant bonds with the bone to receive the crown.
Your teeth stay straighter with implants
After a tooth is extracted, the surrounding teeth try to fill the gap and gradually drift toward the opening. As a result your teeth begin to overlap. If you had perfectly straight teeth before, the change in your appearance can be upsetting. Cleaning your teeth can also become more difficult if your teeth begin to drift. Unfortunately, if you can't remove plaque from the overlapping areas, you're more likely to develop cavities.
Dental implants offer a long-lasting option
Since your implant bonds to your bone, you'll probably never have to replace it, unlike dentures or bridges that must be replaced periodically.
Dental implants offer an innovative solution to tooth loss. Call Dr. Shane Davidson, your West Bloomfield, MI, dentist, at (248) 716-9494 to schedule an appointment to discuss implants. Restore your smile with dental implants!