Dental Implants Can Change Your Life: All Your Questions Answered

“I’m not getting dental implants,” a friend said one day last year. “What good will they do?  Dental implants are more trouble than they are worth.”

After a few chats and even more thinking, Rudi decided to go ahead and get the dental implants. Today, nearly a year later, she’s enjoying the benefits and has changed her tune. “You know,” she said, “These implants really do change your life -- for the better!”

Maybe you’re like Rudi was at first, and know very little about the benefits of dental implants. Here at Michigan Maxillofacial Surgery and Implant Center, we improve our patients lives with implants every day. We’d like to answer a few questions to help you see how dental implants can change your life too.

What exactly is a dental implant?

This is a common question among first-timers. The simple answer is that a dental implant is a titanium screw placed directly into the jawbone, giving stability from day one. The surgery takes very little time, and we do it right at our practice. Dr. Schiro attaches an artificial tooth to the implant, and it functions and looks just like one of your natural teeth. We even use a tooth color that’s matched to your own teeth.

Do dental implants damage existing teeth?

No. In fact they do the opposite. With standard bridge and partial dentures, a lot of damage can happen to your adjacent teeth. To secure a bridge, the dental surgeon modifies a healthy tooth to attach the structure. Such a procedure can lead to damage in the coming years, and you may lose a healthy tooth for no reason.

An implant is designed to fit in the space left by the missing tooth and will not interfere with the surrounding ones. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, up to 3 in every 10 bridges cause the loss of an adjacent healthy tooth.

Are dentures not just as good?

No is the simple answer here. It’s challenging to get a set of dentures which fit your mouth perfectly. Even if you do, changes in your mouth and jaw structure over time will cause the dentures to no longer fit as well. Ill-fitting dentures make eating painful, and many wearers avoid eating favorite foods, such as steak and corn on the cob. Dentures may cause sore gums, and they can affect how you speak.

On the other hand, an implant is a permanent fit in your mouth. It will not move over time, it won’t affect your ability to eat, and speaking may even become easier.

Can I have my smile back?

Sometimes people lose their confidence due to the problems of missing teeth or the discomfort caused by dentures. We understand that patients are self-conscious over lost teeth and gaps in their smiles, but the solution is not far away.

Dental implants restore your teeth to how they were before you had any problems. Not only will your smile return, but you may just want to smile all the time. Everyone you meet will feel the confidence of happy smiler when they interact with you at work, on the street, or at social gatherings.

Is maintenance a problem?

No, not at all. All you need to do is to look after the dental implants just as you do the normal teeth in your mouth. Regular cleaning, flossing, and visits to the dentist will keep your implants looking as good as new. The implants won’t come loose with flossing or vigorous brushing, and you can use a standard or electric toothbrush, whichever you prefer.

If you’re thinking of dental implants, call one of our offices in Lansing or St. Johns, Michigan. At Michigan Maxillofacial Surgery and Implant Center we do the implant procedure every day for patients of all ages. Arrange an appointment today and take the next step in getting your smile -- and your life -- back to normal.

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