Have you been thinking about dental implants to replace your missing teeth? You might have some questions: what's the procedure like? How long do they last? How do I care for them? Dr. Edward Sarkisian, your dentist in Dearborn, MI, can help. Below are answered some of those common questions you may have if you are considering dental implants.
What is the process of getting a dental implant?
Dental implants are placed in your jawbone and act as artificial roots for your new tooth. The implants bond to surrounding bone in approximately three to six months. When the post is fully integrated, our Dearborn dentist will attach the middle portion of the implant, called the abutment, which will serve as a connection between the post and the crown. The crown is the porcelain restoration that looks like a tooth; it will be the only visible part of the implant.
Can a dental implant replace multiple teeth?
In a word: yes! If you need total replacement on the upper or lower gum ridges, there are implant-supported dentures available. Most people may only need four posts on each ridge to secure the dentures plates.
What Are The Benefits of Dental Implants
- Root Replacement: You can bite and tear hard and tough foods because your natural tooth roots are securely attached to your jawbone. Dental implants are the only tooth restoration option that replace your roots.
- Improved Appearance: The crown fills the empty space in your mouth and looks just like a natural tooth. Your dentist will take an impression of your smile to ensure that your new crown fits the gap perfectly.
- No Change to Your Other Teeth: Losing teeth can affect your smile in more ways than one. Nearby teeth may begin to drift and overlap, which affects your appearance and may make it difficult to remove every speck of cavity-causing plaque from your teeth. Shifting teeth may also alter your bite and make chewing more difficult.
- No Worries About Your Jawbone: The roots of your teeth constantly stimulate your jawbone and are instrumental in keeping the bone strong. When one of the roots is gone, your jawbone may begin to shrink during a process called resorption. Replacing your missing roots with dental implants helps you avoid resorption.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are a major commitment to your oral health, and you'll understandably want them to last as long as possible. They can last several decades, even as long as a lifetime, if you take proper care of them. This includes keeping your gums and remaining teeth healthy with routine brushing and flossing, and staying current on checkups at Sarkisian Dental in Dearborn. Avoiding chewing on hard or sticky foods, such as ice or taffy, will also help keep your dental implants in place for many years to come.
Ready to invest in your smile with dental implants? Your first step is to contact Sarkisian Dental in Dearborn, MI to set up a consultation with Dr. Edward Sarkisian. Give us a call at (313) 277-8900 today.