By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
December 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental ImplantsYour smile matters. If yours is gapped due to decay, injury, gum disease or other circumstance, explore what dental implants can do for you. At Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center in Holland, MI, expert dentists, Drs. Ryan Lebster and Jose Vivas combine years of experience, skill, and artistry to place dental implants and fully restore smiles. Your smile could be one of them.

The dental implant

It's a completely artificial tooth from its titanium metal root in the jawbone, to the extension post and beyond to the realistic porcelain crown. Replacing a single tooth, several or even a full arch, implants recreate the appearance and oral function Nature intended.

The Journal of Oral Implantology states that the vast majority of dental implant treatments are successful--to the tune of 98 percent, in fact. That means that the jaw bone and titanium screw have bonded, or osseointegrated, correctly, allowing the new tooth to bear the loads of chewing and biting easily. Osseointegration is no less than a medical miracle, giving implant patients complete confidence in how they look, eat and speak.

Evaluating for dental implants

Your Holland dentist will inspect your remaining teeth and gums and take digital X-rays and a special CT scan. The scan tells your dentist how dense, wide and high your jaw bone is, measurements which are key to implant success. If you don't have enough bone in your jaw, your dentist may augment it with donor materials (from your own body or cadaver bone, as examples).

The treatment

Patients tolerate their implant procedures well. Your dentist will use local anesthetic (or other sedation options as needed) as he inserts the device into the jaw. Sutures close the area, and you''ll be sent home for a lengthy period of healing. When the site is fully osseointegrated, the doctor will attach the metal abutment and custom-made porcelain crown.

Caring for implants

Oral hygiene is critical. Dr. Lebster and Dr. Vivas ask their patients to:

  • Brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Floss daily to remove harmful plaque (the cause of gum disease around dental implants)
  • Wear a bite guard if you clench or grind your teeth
  • See them twice a year for hygienic cleanings and check-ups (or any time you have a question or concern)

A new smile

Whether you must replace one tooth or need whole mouth reconstruction, Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center is the place to go for expert evaluation, skilled treatment, and the most compassionate care in the Holland, MI, area. Please call our office to arrange your dental implant consultation. We even have early morning hours to fit your busy schedule. Call us today at (616) 399-3946!