Results You Can Expect From a Dental Implant Procedure

Dental Implant, William A. Schiro, DDS, Michigan Maxillofacial Surgery and Implant Center

If you’ve been hiding your smile because of missing or broken teeth, it’s time for you to make a change. Dental implants can free you from your fear of smiling, showing the world a brand-new set of pearly whites. Dr. Schiro can show you how he can repair your mouth, replacing missing teeth with dental implants that look and behave like your natural teeth.

How dental implants work

Dental implants mimic your natural teeth. They involve several steps to ensure that your implants look and feel their best. Dental implants involve three pieces: an implant, an abutment, and a crown.

The implant is a metal piece that the doctor embeds in your jaw. This piece behaves like the root of your natural tooth and holds the implant firmly in place.

The abutment is a piece that screws into the implant. It’s also made of metal and is shaped like a tooth that’s been ground down in preparation for a crown.

Finally, there’s the crown. Dr. Schiro attaches the crown to the abutment where it looks and behaves just like your natural tooth.

How dental implants differ from dentures and bridges

Dentures require your dentist to remove your teeth or build your dentures around any healthy teeth that can, over time, create wear and damage. This may ultimately lead to more tooth loss. In a similar way, permanent bridges force your dentist to grind down the healthy teeth around the missing tooth to apply a bridge and fill in the gap.

Dental implants are entirely different. You can implant a single tooth or your entire mouth. It simply depends on your needs. Dr. Schiro can fit a dental implant in the gap of a missing tooth without disturbing any of the teeth around it. This protects the rest of your mouth, helping you keep as many of your healthy teeth as possible.

Cosmetic results of dental implants

Because implants are designed to look and act like natural teeth, most people forget that they’re man-made. You can bite, chew, and smile just as you would with your natural teeth. However, because they’re manufactured, you can rest assured that they’ll be as attractive as possible.

For example, if your former tooth was crooked, too large, or too small, the replacement will be better. Your implant will be straight, for one thing, and Dr. Schiro can make sure that it matches the rest of your teeth in color and size.

Hidden health benefits of dental implants

Good dental health is more than just a pretty smile. The hidden benefits are so much more important when comparing dental implants to other tooth replacement strategies.

One of the most important benefits is that dental implants protect your jawbone. When you chew, the roots of your teeth put pressure on both your upper and lower jawbones. This constant stimulation ensures that your body protects the bone. But dentures and bridges remove the stimulation. Over time, your jawbones begin to recede, changing the shape of your face and forcing you to have your dentures and bridges refit.

But dental implants behave just like the root of your tooth. People with dental implants have no more bone loss in the jaw than those with healthy, natural teeth.

Finally, because the dental implant stands alone, you can floss and clean around the implant, just as you would around a natural tooth. This keeps your gums healthy, protecting, in turn, your remaining teeth.

 

Before you make any final decisions, give Dr. Schiro a call. He’ll sit down with you and discuss your options and show you what can be done through dental implants. Together, you can make your smile bright and healthy.

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