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What Are Dental Implants & How Do They Work?

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What Are Dental Implants? With Dr. Ben Hanson

“What is a dental implant?” A dental implant serves as a replacement for a single tooth or an entire set of teeth. Before the advent of dental implants, to replace a lost tooth, we had to construct a bridge by modifying adjacent teeth, creating a set of interconnected teeth. Similarly, for someone losing all their teeth, the only solution was a denture—a removable piece of plastic that compromises the ability to taste food, eat, or speak properly. These were compromised solutions that significantly diminished quality of life.

Then came dental implants, offering the ability to replace teeth without the past compromises. With dental implants, you can have teeth that look beautiful and natural, remain fixed in place, and can last a lifetime with proper care. Implants are almost exclusively made from medical-grade titanium, the same material used in hip or knee replacements. This is because medical-grade titanium is biocompatible; when placed into the bone, the body does not recognize it as foreign. The bone integrates with the implant, effectively making it a part of your body. Once integrated, you can eat and smile without worry about your teeth coming out or breaking. Dental implants have been a revolutionary discovery in our field.

Dental implants have revolutionized the field of dentistry, offering a superior solution to traditional methods of replacing missing teeth. At Brownstown Dental Care, led by Dr. Ben Hanson in Brownstown, MI, we’re committed to providing our patients with not just dental solutions, but a transformation in their quality of life. This comprehensive guide will delve into what dental implants are, their benefits, and why they might be the best option for restoring your smile.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is essentially a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. It serves as a foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are designed to match your natural teeth. Made from medical-grade titanium, dental implants are biocompatible, meaning they’re designed to integrate with your bone, essentially becoming a part of your body.

Why Choose Dental Implants?

Natural Look and Feel: Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. They provide a cosmetic solution that can boost your confidence and bring back your natural smile.

Durability: Implants are incredibly durable and, with proper care, can last a lifetime. Unlike dentures or bridges, which may need to be replaced or adjusted over time, dental implants offer a long-term solution.

Improved Oral Health: Unlike traditional bridges, dental implants do not require altering adjacent teeth, which helps preserve your natural tooth structure. Moreover, implants help prevent bone loss and maintain the integrity of your facial structure.

4. Enhanced Comfort and Functionality: Dental implants eliminate the discomfort and inconvenience of removable dentures. They allow you to eat your favorite foods without hesitation and speak more clearly.

High Success Rate: Dental implants have a high success rate and, when cared for properly, can significantly improve your oral health and quality of life.

The Dental Implant Process:

The process of getting a dental implant involves several steps, usually completed over several months. At Brownstown Dental Care, we ensure each step is carried out with precision and care, starting with a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you are a suitable candidate for implants.

  1. Evaluation: Dr. Hanson will assess your oral health, including bone density and gum health, to ensure dental implants are the right option for you.
  2. Implant Placement: The dental implant, a small titanium post, is surgically placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw.
  3. Abutment Placement: Once the implant has bonded with the jawbone, a small connector post, or abutment, is attached to the post to securely hold the new tooth.
  4. Custom Tooth Creation: An impression of your teeth is taken to create a model of your bite. Your new tooth, or crown, is then based on this model. The crown is then attached to the abutment.

Caring for Your Dental Implants:

Caring for implants is much like caring for your natural teeth, involving regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. Dr. Hanson emphasizes the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene practices to ensure the longevity of your dental implants.

Dental implants are a game-changer in the field of dentistry, providing a durable, natural-looking solution for missing teeth. At Brownstown Dental Care, Dr. Ben Hanson and our team are dedicated to guiding you through every step of the process, ensuring you receive the care and results you deserve. If you’re considering dental implants or have any questions about the process, we invite you to schedule a consultation with us. Rediscover the comfort, confidence, and joy of a complete, healthy smile with dental implants.

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