Tooth loss really is devastating. It compromises facial appearance, speech and the ability to enjoy your favorite foods. Fortunately, your dentist Dr. Glen Marsack in Waterford offers the perfect solution to this problem which affects millions of American adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What's the solution? It's the dental implant, a natural-looking and functioning prosthetic which closely mimics real teeth. You, too, may be able to enjoy the many advantages dental implants offer.
Just what is a dental implant?
A dental implant replaces an entire missing tooth from root to crown. Typically, an implant has three parts:
- a titanium screw or cylinder which the Waterford dentist inserts into the jawbone
- a metal alloy post which extends above the gum line
- a realistic porcelain crown which provides a natural look, feel and bite
Multiple implants can be used to support dentures. These devices anchor full or partial dentures and eliminate the slippage and bone recession which occurs with even the best of conventional dentures or bridges.
What's the procedure like?
Regarding the surgery, it happens in a few stages. In the first stage, we refer you to an oral surgeon that places the implant and closes the site with sutures.
After several weeks or months of healing where the implant and jawbone integrate, the patient returns to Crescent Lake Dental for placement of the dental crown, and the implant is finished.
To care for the implant, the patient brushes twice a day and flosses daily to keep the site free of plaque and tartar. Six-month cleanings and check-ups are critical, too.
Why are dental implants so stable?
Just think of building a wooden picket fence. If the posts simply rest on the ground, the pickets are unstable, and the ground around the posts washes away.
Tooth replacements are similar. Conventional solutions only rest on the gums. So, bone and soft tissue recede, and dentures move. With dental implants, however, bone structure improves through a natural process called osseointegration.
So the implant site heals, the jaw adheres to the device, and over time, the bone strengthens. As such, dental implants stay put and boast a success rate of 97 percent according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Can you qualify?
Most healthy adults make excellent implant candidates. To be sure your bone is strong enough to accept an implant, Dr. Marsack does a complete oral examination and takes X-rays. If the bone is weak, a bone grafting procedure may be needed to augment and strengthen the area of the jawbone where the implant will be placed.
Come to Crescent Lake Dental for an implant consultation with Dr. Marsack. He'll explain the benefits of implants and answer your questions. Call today for an appointment: (248) 682-9331.