If you recently lost one or more teeth, our dentist may recommend dental implants. A dental implant is a titanium rod our dentist surgically inserts into the jawbone. Over several months, the implant fuses with your jaw and acts much like a natural tooth root would to later support a crown. If you've ever felt self-conscious about missing teeth, you owe it to yourself to schedule a consultation with our dental implant dentist today.
Continue reading to learn the 3 signs you need. For more information, feel free to call our dentist office to schedule your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.
You're considering a Dental Bridge
Like the name suggests, a dental bridge “bridges” the gap left by a missing tooth. A bridge is comprised of an artificial tooth anchored by crowns on healthy adjacent teeth. In order to place a dental bridge, our dentist would have to remove healthy enamel from teeth on both sides of the gap. Once enamel is removed, it can never be replaced. Our dentist prefers implants over bridges because they let you keep as much natural tooth enamel as possible.
A tooth implant is sturdier than a bridge because it's anchored to your jaw. This added stability helps you smile, talk, and eat with confidence. Dental implants are also long-lasting, which means you'll be able to enjoy a beautiful healthy smile for years to come.
You Wear Dentures
Dentures sit on top of the gums and don't prevent jawbone deterioration. A, on the other hand, will exert pressure your lower jawbone needs to stay healthy. If you don't get a tooth implant, you will eventually lose jawbone tissue and experience facial collapse. Once the jawbone deteriorates, it'll become harder to refit dentures so you can chew without pain.
Unlike dentures, dental implants never slip. This means that you can eat, talk, and smile like you did before tooth loss. While denture teeth have to be submerged in water or denture cleanser when they aren't in your mouth, implants can be cared for like natural teeth.
You Lost One or More Teeth
After tooth extraction, our dentist will recommend an implant to help you maintain good oral health. Otherwise, your lower jaw will start to deteriorate and eventually alter the shape of your face. The best time to get a tooth implant is immediately after extraction.
Your teeth are held in place by roots and adjacent teeth. This means that when you lose a tooth, nearby teeth are likely to tilt toward the open space, loosen, and eventually fall out. Fortunately, dental implants support nearby teeth so you can continue smiling with confidence.
Dental implants help you avoid:
- Bone loss in jaw
- Facial collapse
- Further tooth loss
- Ill-fitting dentures
- Feeling self-conscious about your smile
Dr. Yun DDS will be more than happy to help you explore your tooth replacement options, which include dental implants. To schedule your appointment with our Grand Rapids dentist, call NorthPointe Family Dental at (616) 288-6134.