Are dental implants the cosmetic treatment your teeth have been looking for?
Tooth loss can be an embarrassing situation but it doesn’t have to be something that you just accept. It’s time you talked to your Dearborn Heights, MI dentists at Cambridge Dental Group about whether implants might be the best cosmetic option for you and your oral health.
Tell me about dental implants.
When you picture a real tooth you can probably picture the two main components: the crown and the root. When you lose a tooth, the implant’s job is to replace the root portion of your tooth. By inserting the implant into the jawbone where it will integrate with bone and tissue, it will become a solid foundation from which to hold a dental crown or other restoration like a bridge or dentures.
What is the procedure like?
Getting dental implants can seem like quite the process, but many patients feel that those months of treatment were worth it now that they have a replacement tooth that can last them a lifetime.
The first procedure is performed under local anesthesia and once numb your Dearborn Heights cosmetic dentist will open up the gums and drill a small hole into the jawbone where your missing tooth once was. Then the implant will be placed into this hole before the gums are stitched back up.
Your mouth will be given about two to four months to heal. During this time a process known as osseointegration will happen. This is the success behind dental implants. Implants are made from a biocompatible metal like titanium that can fuse together with bone and tissue to become one. Once this happens the implant is part of the jawbone for life.
The next step is to open up the gums and place an abutment over the top of the implant. The abutment allows the implant to connect with the dental crown. Sometimes the crown can also be cemented into place in the same visit or you may need to come back in for a final crown placement.
What are some of the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are durable and designed to last you a lifetime if you care for them properly. They are extremely stable so you won’t have to worry about them moving around in your mouth like dentures often will. Implants also prevent teeth from shifting out of alignment (which happens if you don’t treat your tooth loss) and preserve the health of your jawbone and facial structure.
The dental experts at Cambridge Dental Group in Dearborn Heights, MI are here for all of your dental needs. Whether you need to replace one or all of your teeth, we have the treatment for you. Call our office today!