Life-Changing Dental Implants in Grand Rapids, MI
Consider Dental Implants for a Better, Brighter Smile
Missing teeth can have far-reaching effects on your life, from impacting your self-confidence to restricting the foods you can 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 Dental, Ronald M. Olszewski, DDS offers tooth replacements in Grand Rapids, MI, 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 restore your confidence in your smile. Schedule an appointment today so we can help you determine how to restore your smile with dental implants.
What Are the Types of Dental Implants?
Depending on the state of your jawbone and your personal preferences, Dr. Olszewski might recommend either endosteal or subperiosteal implants for you.
- Endosteal Implants. Endosteal dental implants are the most common. Endosteal implants consist 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 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. Placing endosteal implants takes time because the gum around the titanium root must heal before treatment is complete. Endosteal implants are considered the safest and most effective type of dental implant. However, endosteal implants require the patient to have a healthy, sturdy, and dense jawbone for the placement of the screw to work. If you don’t have a jawbone that can support endosteal implants, you might consider subperiosteal ones.
- Subperiosteal Implants. Unlike endosteal implants, subperiosteal implants are placed directly under the gums, not screwed into the jawbone. The attached device rests above the jawbone. The implants themselves are visible above the gum as they are placed there to hold the crown steady. Although endosteal implants are more common, Dr. Olszewski might recommend subperiosteal implants if you do not have the jawbone density to support endosteal implants. It takes less time to complete subperiosteal implantation, but they are less stable than endosteal implants.
When you schedule a consultation at Always A Smile Dental, Dr. Olszewski and the rest of the dental team will help you decide which implant type is right for you.
Why Are Dental Implants Done?
A missing tooth can become a problem for both health and aesthetic reasons. Dental implants are designed to replace a missing tooth from root to crown. Today, dental implants have become the gold standard for long-term tooth replacement. 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.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer several short- and long-term benefits that other tooth replacement options cannot match. 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.
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.
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.
Schedule an Appointment with Us Today
If you want to replace a missing tooth, dental implants might be the best option for you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Olszewski at Always A Smile Dental in Grand Rapids, MI, to get started today.
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