Have you been thinking about replacing a missing tooth? Dental implants offered by your Midland, MI, dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkle, provide an effective, long-term restoration option.
One and done
In most cases, your dental implant can last the rest of your life. Implants are small titanium posts that replace your roots. They're placed inside your jawbone after your Midland dentist makes a small opening in the bone during a minor procedure.
During the next three to six months, your implant bonds to the surrounding bone and becomes just as strong as your original root. The implant is topped with a dental crown once bonding occurs. The crown completes the restoration of your tooth, improves your appearance, and makes biting and chewing easier. With proper care, most dental implants never need to be replaced.
Comfort and convenience
Dentures and bridges can be uncomfortable if they don't fit well. Every time, you take a bite, your restoration may press against your gums painfully. When you receive a dental implant, your new crown is securely attached to your implant and won't move, slip or hurt your gums when you eat. People who receive implants often report that their new teeth feel just like their natural teeth.
Dental implants are an excellent option if you wear dentures. Implant-supported dentures don't move when you eat and won't reduce your biting power. They're usually connected directly to implants or to a metal framework attached to the implants. If your dentures are permanently attached to your implants, you'll only have to brush them to keep them clean.
Implant-supported dentures can be attached to your jawbone with as few as four dental implants per arch in some cases.
Many people don't realize how missing teeth can affect their jawbones. All bones, including your jawbone, need constant stimulation to remain strong. Pressure from your tooth roots stimulates your jawbone, keeping it strong.
When you lose one or more teeth, the jawbone may begin to shrink. Eventually, loose teeth and facial sagging can occur. Dental implants are just as effective as your natural roots in providing jawbone stimulation and can help you avoid these unpleasant consequences.
Complete your smile with dental implants! Call your Midland, MI, dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkle, at (989) 631-6680 to schedule an appointment.