Dental Implants at Goldstein Dental Group Novi Michigan
Even with the advances in modern dentistry, tooth loss is still a real and common concern. Most teeth are lost due to root decay, injury or some form of oral disease. Dentures and partial bridges were the standard course of action when teeth were lost. Thankfully, dental implants now provide a superior option to replace missing teeth.
What Exactly Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a type of replacement tooth that emulates natural roots and creates a permanent connection with the jaw. Dental implants are very secure because of their advanced construction. There are generally three parts involved in any dental implant:
The implant (or post). The post is a titanium screw that is drilled into the jaw permanently. Pain can be managed during the implantation and after. This screw functions as the roots of the replacement tooth.
The abutment. This piece of hardware connects the prosthetic tooth and the implant. It is semi-permanent, meaning it can be removed by the dentist.
The prosthetic tooth. Often referred to as the crown, this is the visible part of the dental implant. It’s what you’ll be brushing and using to chew food. Construction material varies, though they are typically made out of porcelain.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have become popular for a great reason: they provide valuable benefits that can’t be found elsewhere. Below are some of the primary reasons why some people decide to receive a dental implant:
Firm connection. Since dental implants are fused with the jaw, they create a connection that isn’t found in any other tooth replacement option. There’s no need for the implant to be removed. This provides enhanced comfort, easier eating and even improved teeth.
Enhanced speech. Bridges and other solutions that are not permanent can alter your speech patterns. Dental implants do not change anything because they are carefully implanted naturally alongside your other teeth.
Easy maintenance. Dental implants don’t require any addition attention. The same hygiene used to care for normal teeth will maintain the dental implant.
The Process of Receiving a Dental Implant
Anyone interested in receiving a dental implant should contact us immediately to a consultation. Dental implants require the development of a customized plan. This plan will address every step of the process. Every plan will be different, but they typically follow the same general steps:
Install the post. After all initial screening and x-rays, an appointment will be made to install the post. The installation will take some time to heal.
Attach the abutment. Once the patient has healed from the post implantation process, the abutment is then installed. Typically, attaching the abutment and crown is done within one session.