Dental Implants FAQs Grand Rapids

Have questions about dental implants? You're not alone. Many of our patients have questions about how to replace the missing teeth in their smiles. Our dental implant dentists want you to know all the facts while exploring your tooth replacement options. Continue reading to learn the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the dental implant procedure.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root (typically made of titanium) used to support a crown. The crown will give you the function and appearance of a natural tooth. Since the crown is anchored by the implant it will be stable enough to last for decades.

How do dental implants work?

During the dental implant procedure, we insert the prosthetic into your jawbone. Over the course of several months, the implant will start to fuse to your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. During this time, your dentist will monitor your progress to see whether the implantation was successful. When you return for the second part of the dental implant process, we'll place the permanent crown over top.

We're able to replace as many teeth as you need with dental implants so you can smile with confidence. Some patients even decide to get implant supported dentures if they are missing the majority of their teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants exert the same kind of pressure as natural tooth roots so jawbone tissue doesn't erode.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Many of our patients appreciate being able to smile, talk, and eat with confidence after dental implant surgery. Unlike dentures, you never have to worry about your tooth implant slipping because it's fused to your jawbone.

Dental implants prevent jawbone deterioration caused by tooth loss. Your jawbone needs stimulation from tooth roots to stay healthy. Otherwise, your jawbone will start to deteriorate and can even change the shape of your face. Fortunately, a tooth implant can be surgically inserted into the jawbone to provide the pressure a natural tooth root would.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

To be a candidate for dental implants, you must have enough healthy jawbone tissue. Otherwise, there won't be enough support for the tooth implant. If you don't have enough jawbone tissue, our dentist may recommend a bone graft. Schedule your consultation with one of our dentists today.

How do I take care of my implants?

Take care of your dental implants like you would natural teeth. This means that you must practice good oral hygiene by brushing teeth twice a day and flossing once daily. If you have a history of tooth decay and gum disease, your dentist may recommend you add a fluoride mouth rinse to your daily routine.

If you have any questions about your oral health, don't hesitate to bring them up during your next appointment. We are always more than happy to help patients learn better oral hygiene habits.

Our dentists are dedicated to helping you maintain a beautiful healthy smile, even after tooth loss. To schedule your appointment with one of our Grand Rapids dentists, call Lake Michigan Dental at (616) 453-8211.