By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
September 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

The use of dental implants for restoring missing teeth has come a long way in the last 40 years, according to the American Dental dental implantsAssociation. If you're interested, here at Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center, Dr. Ryan Lebster, Dr. Jose Vivas and Dr. Arnold Baker can help provide you with what you need. All you need to do is pay them a visit at their office in Holland, MI.

Dental implants

Dental implants are made up of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jaw to replace your missing tooth root. It creates stability, strength and prevents the weakening and shrinkage of your jawbone. The dentist then seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to occur.

Afterwards, the patient needs to come back to the dentist's office in Holland so that they can re-open the area above the titanium post, insert a screw, place an abutment above the screw and secure a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.

Advantages of dental implants

Not having to worry about gaps in your teeth is definitely an advantage, but here are some more advantages that dental implants provide:

  • A dental implant can restore one tooth, a few teeth or all of your teeth.
  • They can restore bite and chewing function.
  • Unlike dentures, dental implants are fixed in place and don't fall out of place.
  • The dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care.

Taking care of your dental implants

Like the rest of your teeth, make sure you brush your dental implant and floss every day. Also, a change in diet could be beneficial. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoiding sugary foods to prevent the accumulation of plaque is good preventative dentistry.

If you have more questions about dental implants, call your dentists in Holland, MI, at (616) 399-3946.