Missing Teeth? Restore Your Smile With Dental Implants
Dental Implants in Sterling Heights, MI Dentist : Amber Dental
People of all ages can lose a tooth. When a child loses a primary tooth, there’s usually an adult version standing by. But that’s not always the case, and that never happens when adult teeth come out. If you lost a tooth for any reason, your smile will look bad and you are at a higher risk for dental health problems. To correct both, our dental office offers dental implants in Sterling Heights, MI .
The Problem With Missing Teeth
There are generally two problems with missing a tooth: cosmetic problems and health risks. Having a large gap in your smile is an eyesore, and fair or not, people will judge you based on how you look. You may not care, but other people do. Besides, there are dental health risks associated with a missing tooth. Food particles can collect along the gumline in that space, increasing your chances of cavities on the nearby teeth and gum disease. Bone begins deteriorating in the area. And without a tooth in that spot and bone underneath it, those nearby teeth can start to slide out of place. Missing a tooth may not be painful, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t problems that need to be fixed.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a durable, permanent way to replace a missing tooth. Each has three parts:
- A replacement tooth, made to look natural and healthy in your particular smile.
- An abutment (post) that holds onto the replacement tooth.
- An artificial root made from titanium that connects to the abutment.
When the dental implant is placed, your smile will look great again. And because the replacement tooth will feel and act like any healthy tooth, you avoid the dental health risks associated with an empty spot in your smile.
Placing Dental Implants
The surgical procedure necessary to place the implant is simple. Dr. Ardelean will implant the titanium root in your jawbone underneath the empty spot. Then we wait for the site to heal, sometimes up to six months or so. This gives your bone time to tightly fuse with the titanium root, giving the implant the same strength and stability as any healthy tooth’s root. Then we place the abutment and replacement teeth atop the root.
A dental implant is great for replacing a missing tooth, but it can be impractical to use individual implants to replace a dozen or more of your teeth. Normally, removable dentures are used to replace multiple teeth at once, but some patients are worried that dentures could move or even come out unexpectedly. To correct both problems, Sterling Heights, MI dentist Dr. Ardelean can combine implants with dentures.
With implant-supported dentures, a metal bar anchors your dentures to a few implanted titanium roots. And with implant-retained dentures, a series of ball attachments connect dentures to those implanted roots. Both provide the strength and stability of dental implants while restoring many missing teeth.
Immediate Dental Implants
For some patients, Sterling Heights, MI dentist Dr. Ardelean can use temporary or even immediate dental implants. While having an implant placed immediately after extracting a tooth definitely has its benefits, there are risks, too. The bone receiving the implant still needs time to heal, so if the replacement tooth gets too much pressure put on it, the implant could fail. Your top Sterling Heights, Dr. Ardelean will talk with you to help decide if this is a good choice for you.
All-On-4 Dental Implants for Optimal Support
These are similar to dentures secured by implants but cannot be removed. All-on-4 uses four implanted roots to replace a full arch of teeth (all of the teeth on either the top or bottom). Some patients are better served with All-on-6, which uses six implants instead of four. No matter which works best for you, you can get a full arch of teeth replaced securely.
With our dentures using implants and dental implants in Sterling Heights, MI , there’s no reason you should go through life without a full, healthy set of teeth. To learn more about our dental implants in Sterling Heights, MI , or to schedule your next appointment, call our Sterling Heights, MI dentist today at 586-739-1111 or use our convenient online form.