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FAQs About Dental Implants

Learn more about this popular way to replace missing teeth for life. 

Are you thinking about getting dental implants to replace your missing teeth? While many adults are turning to our Grand Rapids, MI, dentist Dr. Thomas Lambert to get dental implants, our team also knows how important it is for our patients to have their questions about dental implants addressed. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants,

What is a dental implant? 

An implant is a permanent restoration designed to replace one or more missing teeth. Implants act like real teeth, where a metal screw is inserted into the jawbone to replace missing roots. The implant will then support one or more false teeth, and it’s truly as close to a real tooth as you can possibly get.

How many teeth can implants replace? 

In essence, all of them. Dental implants make it possible for our Grand Rapids, MI, family dentists to replace one, several or all of your teeth by being able to support bridges and full dentures. So no matter how many teeth you are missing, implants can replace them permanently.

How long do dental implants last? 

An implant is a permanent restoration. Once the treatment process is complete and the implant fuses together with the jawbone an implant could last you the rest of your life. To ensure that your implant lasts, you need to maintain good oral hygiene and visit your dentist for routine cleanings and care.

How does an implant work? 

An implant is made up of three parts. The metal screw or post, which won’t be visible when you smile, is inserted into the jawbone to mimic tooth roots. From there, we will give the implant time to fuse together with the jawbone. This can take up to six months. Once the implant and jawbone integrate the next step is to place an abutment on top of the implant. The abutment links up the implant with the false tooth.

Now, if you are only replacing a single tooth then a dental crown will be created and cemented into place over the implant; however, if you need to replace multiple teeth a dental bridge or dentures can also be secured to the top of your implants. If you are a current denture wearer, we may even be able to connect your preexisting teeth directly to the implants.

When it comes to getting dental implants you want a dentist in Grand Rapids, MI, that will cater to you and your needs. The Grand Rapids Magazine Readers Poll has voted Dr. Lambert “Best Dentist” for the last seven years. He also lectures countrywide on the latest dental implant solutions. If you have questions about dental implants or the all-on-four system call (616) 364-6490 today.

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