Living without teeth can lead to numerous effects on your physical and mental health. Thankfully, several replacement options exist whether you’ve lost teeth to injury, disease, or cavities. Douglas Hoppe DDS in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, recommends dental implants if you want a permanent solution for tooth loss.
Dental implants are surgically rooted in the jawbone (like natural teeth), giving you a lifetime of a great smile and good oral health.
Thanks to technological advancements, patients can now enjoy more predictable, natural-looking, and durable teeth replacements. Dental implants are designed to mimic your natural teeth using three components: the implant fixture, abutment, and prosthetic.
The implant is a titanium post surgically embedded in the jawbone to act as a tooth root. Once inserted, this titanium fixture integrates with the jawbone to form one biological structure through osseointegration. While the implant remains buried beneath the gumline, it requires an abutment that protrudes above it to link it to a dental prosthetic. This tooth prosthetic can be a crown, bridge, or denture, depending on the number of teeth being replaced.
The beauty of dental implants is that they can be used to replace any number of missing teeth in the mouth.
The dental implant options available for different tooth loss situations include:
Permanently attached teeth can’t move or fall out, giving you the freedom to eat, smile, and talk confidently. Moreover, dental implants don’t need replacements in the future, allowing you to indefinitely enjoy the benefits of a complete smile.
Placing dental implants requires about six to nine months for complete restoration. Like every procedure, the first step for a dental implant is consultation. This initial step helps determine your eligibility for implants by examining your oral health and overall well-being.
Once given the green light for dental implants, the rest of the procedures involve:
Dental implants are the most natural-looking teeth replacements. Once placed, no one will notice you ever lost teeth. Dental implants also restore oral function (chewing, talking, and smiling) to near-perfect. What’s not to love about dental implants?