Dental Implants and Teeth Replacements in Grand Rapids

Missing teeth can have far-reaching effects on your life, from impacting your self-confidence to restricting the foods you are able to eat. Tooth loss can also affect your general dental health, putting the long-term health of your teeth and gums at risk. At Always A Smile, Ronald M. Olszewski, DDS offers tooth replacements in Grand Rapids for aesthetic and health purposes. If you’ve lost one or more of your natural teeth, discussing your dental implant options and the benefits of this treatment with an experienced dentist can help you restore your confidence in your smile.

The Basics of Dental Implants

Dental implants are designed to replace a missing tooth from root to crown. Today, dental implants have become the gold standard long-term tooth replacement.

  • A dental implant is comprised of three parts: The implant, the abutment, and the crown. The implant itself is a titanium screw that is surgically implanted into your jaw, replacing the lost tooth roots. The abutment sits at the top of the implant and connects it to the crown, which replaces the visible portion of a missing tooth.
  • Anyone missing one or more teeth can receive dental implants. Patients missing one or a few teeth can receive either a single implant or an implant-supported bridge. If you currently wear dentures, implant-supported dentures can provide a more stable and comfortable option than traditional removable dentures.
  • Dental implants require healthy jaw bone for support. If your jaw lacks bone density for implants, a bone graft may provide the stability needed for this tooth replacement option. There are alternative options, such as dentures.

Three Major Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer several short- and long-term benefits that other tooth replacement options cannot match. If you’d like to learn more about teeth replacements or implants and how they can benefit you, you can reach Ronald M. Olszewski, DDS at Always A Smile by calling (616) 949-1700.

  1. Dental implants transfer the forces of biting and chewing into the bone of your jaw, helping to maintain the density of this important bone over time. Dentures and bridges do not transfer forces, and thus can’t stop the deterioration of the jaw around a missing tooth socket as you age.
  2. Dental implants will never need replacement after healing, offering a lifelong solution to missing teeth. By contrast, options such as dentures and bridges have limited lifetimes and must be replaced periodically.
  3. Dental implants look and function like real teeth. This not only improves your confidence when smiling, speaking, and eating, it also allows you to easily care for your implants and the gums that support them by brushing and flossing for excellent dental health and less time spent on daily oral care.
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