Keep Your Smile Whole and Healthy
By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
March 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants can keep your smile whole and healthy. If you are missing any teeth, dental implants can be used to fill in the gaps and dental implantsmake your smile whole again. Dental implants replace missing teeth and their roots and can last a lifetime when cared for properly. They also look and function just like natural teeth so they truly can restore your smile and keep it healthy. Dental implants can be installed by your dentist. Dr. Kathryn Winkel is your experienced Midland, MI, dental implants dentist.

What are Dental Implants?

As mentioned, dental implants are used to replace missing teeth and their roots. They are made up of three separate components. These are the implant, an abutment and a crown. The implant is made from a hypoallergenic metal, usually titanium and sits below the gum line. It acts as a root that anchors the replacement tooth in place. The crown is typically made from porcelain or a similar substance and serves as the replacement tooth. The abutment connects the metal implant and the porcelain crown and is not visible once installation is complete.

In Midland, dental implants can be installed by your dentist and usually require two appointments before installation is complete, although additional visits might be necessary. During the first appointment, the metal implant is installed. It is then given time to fuse with the jawbone before the crown is installed, typically a few months later. The abutment is sometimes set in place during the same appointment when the implant is installed.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are many benefits to getting dental implants, including restoration of your smile. Gaps from missing teeth can be filled in once and for all, and having a full smile again can be a great confidence boost. Installation of dental implants is permanent so there is no risk of them coming loose or slipping out of place, which can happen with dentures and other dental prosthetics used to replace missing teeth. The metal implant is drilled into the jawbone and fuses with it over time so that it becomes a permanent fixture in the mouth.

Dental implants can also improve the health of your smile by restoring tooth functioning. When teeth are missing, the surrounding teeth are put under more strain. They have to compensate for the missing teeth when biting down or chewing. Working harder means they can also wear out faster. Once installed, dental implants can perform biting and chewing functions just like natural teeth, which takes the strain off of the surrounding teeth.

If you want to keep your smile whole and healthy, dental implants can help you achieve that. For dental implants in Midland, MI, contact the office of Dr. Winkel at (989) 631-6680.