Discover how dental implants can bring your smile back to life and replace missing teeth for good.
When it comes to how to replace your missing teeth, you certainly have choices. It can feel good to know that there are many options, depending on your needs, habits and oral health. Of course, many people turn to our Okemos, MI, dentist, Dr. Eric Eby, for dental implants because they are the only tooth replacement that is built to last decades with the proper care.
What are dental implants?
An implant is designed to replace one or more missing teeth. An implant looks like a small screw or metal post, typically made from titanium. Why titanium? Since the implant is surgically embedded into the jawbone, we need to use a metal that the body will accept rather than reject (also known as biocompatibility). The implant is designed to act just like real tooth roots. The post is not visible when you smile, as it is deep within the jawbone, where it will be a stable foundation from which to support a dental crown.
How do you replace missing teeth?
Implants are placed under the gumline, and over the course of a couple of months, the implant and the jawbone fuse together as the bone and tissue heal. Once this happens, the implant is considered a lifelong restoration (that is, if you continue to maintain good oral hygiene).
From there, the next step is for our Okemos, MI, restorative dentist to place a connector over the top of the implant. The connector is better known as an abutment, which will link up the implant to the false tooth. Consider the abutment to be just like a prepared tooth that is ready to get a dental crown.
After letting the gums heal, you will come back into our office one last time so that we can fit the dental crown to your implant. Of course, if you are looking to replace multiple teeth, implants can be placed along the jawbone to support everything from a dental bridge to a complete set of dentures, depending on the severity of your tooth loss.
If you are looking to fill that gap in your smile with a restoration that will look and feel like a real tooth, then you owe it to yourself to call Eby Dental Care in Okemos, MI, to schedule an initial consultation. Let’s give you back that gorgeous smile you want.