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. We want you to know all the facts while exploring your tooth replacement options.

Here are some of the most asked questions we get from patients.

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root (usually made of a titanium alloy) used to support an abutment and crown. Together, the implant, abutment, and crown will give you the function and appearance of a natural tooth.

Since the implant anchors the crown, it'll 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. This is a process called osseointegration. Once the implant fuses to your jawbone, we'll place an abutment and permanent crown on top.

We're able to replace as many teeth as you need with dental implants so you can smile with confidence. For example, we may recommend implant-supported dentures to replace an entire arch.

Unlike dentures, dental implants exert pressure on your jawbone. This stops your body from absorbing the minerals in your jaw to use elsewhere.

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants allow you to smile, talk, and eat with confidence.

Unlike dentures, you never have to worry about your tooth implant slipping. That's because your dental implant will fuse 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.

The good news is that dental implants exert pressure on your jaw, preventing bone loss.

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.

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 at home. Our dentists recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once daily.

Do you have a history of tooth decay and gum disease? If so, we may also recommend you add a fluoride mouth rinse to your daily routine.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants can last a lifetime. But you'll need to take good care of them as you do the rest of your smile. Otherwise, you may stain or damage your dental implants by accident.

It's also important to remember that each patient is different. For example, your dental implants may not last as long if you smoke.

Factors that affect the lifespan of your dental implants include:

  • Smoking
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Gum disease
  • Osteoporosis

Request an Appointment With Us

Our Grand Rapids dentists are ready to help you achieve your smile goals! To request an appointment, call Lake Michigan Dental at (616) 453-8211.

This blog post has been updated.