If you're missing one or more teeth, you're not alone. Smile gaps are a common problem among American adults, says the American Dental Association. What's the solution? For many individuals, dental implants from Brighton Family Dentistry fill unsightly smile gaps. Just ask Dr. Brian Petersburg, Dr. Brian Giammalva, and Dr. Wendy Jativa if these innovative tooth replacements are right for you.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth with a titanium root, metal post and porcelain crown. The dental implant device itself is inserted right into the jaw during oral surgery at Brighton Family Dentistry. Some weeks later, the dentist attaches the metal post and customized crown to complete your new tooth.
What happens in between initial implant placement and final restoration is truly remarkable. Your jaw bone and your implant bond together through a natural process known as osseointegration. Literally, the bone grows around the implant, creating a super-sturdy bond very like a real tooth. After complete healing, the bond strengthens even more as you bite and chew on your new tooth.
Besides being reliable, dental implants are versatile. In the hands of a highly skilled dental team, implants may be employed to support multi-tooth bridges and full dentures.
The advantages of dental implants
Because dental implants reside in the jaw, they eliminate the bone loss typical of dental extraction sites. Your bone and gum tissue will remain dense and sizable, unlike restoration with conventional tooth replacements which simply rest on top of the gums.
Additionally, dental implant procedures are highly successful. Performed in their entirety at Brighton Family Dentistry, implant treatments work 97 percent of the time, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness. Once fully integrated, implants can remain healthy and functional for the rest of your life. Just be sure to brush and floss every day, and get in-office care at Brighton Family Dentistry.
Finally, dental implants look, feel and act just as real teeth do. Dental implant crowns are realistically shaped and colored, and oral functions such as biting, chewing and speaking, are completely natural. Gone are the days of denture slippage and taking your teeth out of your mouth to clean them. Plus, implants well-support surrounding natural teeth, optimizing their position and strength.
Can you get dental implants?
A simple examination and three-dimensional imaging at Brighton Family Dentistry will let you know if you're a good candidate. Fill those smile gaps, and enjoy the many benefits of dental implants. Call the office today to arrange an informative consultation with one of our dentists. Phone the office at (810) 227-4224.