Are dental implants on your list of possible tooth restoration options? Their unique benefits make them a good choice no matter how many teeth you've lost. East Lansing, MI, dentist Dr. Thomas Faiver helps his patients fill their gaps in their smiles with innovative dental implants.
Dental implants offer a total restoration option
Bridges, dentures and dental implants may be on your list of restoration options depending on the number of teeth you've lost. Although all three methods improve your appearance by filling gaps in your smile, only dental implants also replace your missing roots.
Implants are tiny posts placed in your jawbone during minor oral surgery. In the months following the placement of the implant, the posts gradually bond to your jawbone. When they're fully bonded, they serve as artificial roots for the dental crowns that will be connected to them. In most cases, your dental implants will never need to be replaced. You will need to replace your crowns approximately every 10 to 15 years.
Implant benefits make them an excellent restoration choice
Adding replacement roots to your jawbone offers several important benefits. When your new crowns are securely attached to your implants, you won't experience gum irritation when you chew. As a result, dental implants also feel more like natural teeth.
Dental implants also help protect your jawbone. Due to lack of stimulation from missing tooth roots, the bone may begin to shrink after you lose a tooth. In some cases, the problem may cause some of your other teeth to loosen or contribute to sagging of the muscles in your lower face. Implants prevent this consequence from occurring.
Although dental implants are a good option if you've lost one tooth, they're equally effective at replacing multiple lost teeth or even all of your teeth. Implant-supported dentures and bridges offer unparalleled comfort and allow you to eat hard and tough foods with ease.
Fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants! Call your East Lansing, MI, dentist Dr. Thomas Faiver at (517) 351-7222 to schedule an appointment.