Losing a tooth not only makes it difficult to chew, bite, and speak, but it can negatively affect your self-esteem. If you’re hiding your smile due to missing teeth, dental implants from Carl Piontkowski, DDS, at Complete Health Dental Care in Clinton Township, Michigan, can restore your smile and confidence with a long-lasting artificial tooth that looks and functions like your natural teeth. To learn more, call the practice or schedule an appointment for a consultation online.
A dental implant replaces a lost tooth and its roots. Implants can replace teeth lost from excessive decay, injury, or after extraction. A dental implant can replace a single missing tooth or multiple teeth with a dental bridge or partial denture.
Dental implants look and feel the same as your natural teeth while restoring your ability to chew, bite, and speak normally. They offer the additional benefit of preventing bone loss and jawbone deterioration which commonly occurs after tooth loss.
Complete Health Dental Care offers two implant options, traditional dental implants and mini dental implants. Mini implants are a better option for those experiencing jawbone deterioration or who have insufficient tissue to support traditional implants, as they are smaller.
Not only are the gaps created by missing teeth extremely noticeable, but they present oral health complications. Without tooth roots stimulating the jawbone, the bone recedes and deteriorates. Your cheeks may appear sunken in, and the supporting tissues around your teeth weaken, which may lead to additional tooth loss.
Dental implants are placed over a series of appointments. During your first appointment, Dr. Piontkowski surgically places the implant posts. An incision is made in the gums to access underlying tissues and the implant is placed into the jawbone. After closing the incision with sutures, bite impressions are made.
Your jawbone heals for three to six months as the bone tissue fuses with the post. Sometimes, a temporary restoration is provided while you wait for the next stage. After the jawbone has healed, you return to Complete Health Dental Care to receive your customized crown restoration.
With proper care and maintenance, dental implants are the longest-lasting tooth restoration procedure available. Dental implants last 25 years or more, while alternative dental restorations last between five and 15 years.
If you are an adult in good health, are not a heavy smoker, and do not have uncontrolled heart disease or diabetes, you are likely a candidate for dental implants. Your dentist determines if your gums and jawbone are strong enough to support dental implants during your consultation.
Adolescents are candidates for dental implants once their facial growth and development has finished, usually around age 16 for girls and 18 for boys.
To find out if you can benefit from a dental implant, schedule a consultation online or call Complete Health Dental Care for an appointment.