If you prefer a long-lasting tooth replacement option, Grand Rapids, MI Dental Implants may be an excellent choice for you. The implants offered by your Grand Rapids MI dentist, Dr. Thomas Lambert, become a permanent part of your jawbone.
Only dental implants restore lost roots
Dental implants provide a way to completely replace teeth from the roots to the crowns. The titanium posts implanted in your jawbone during minor oral surgery bond to your jawbone. Once the posts are bonded, they'll become the roots of your new teeth.
Your new roots are connected to dental crowns, restorations that replace the top parts of your teeth visible above your gum line. During a visit to your Grand Rapids, MI dental implants specialists, your dentist makes an impression of your mouth. The impression creates crowns that fit the gaps in your smile perfectly.
Dental implants can replace any number of teeth and offer an alternative to removable dentures.
Why root replacement is so important
Even slight winds send trees with weak roots toppling over. Just like trees, teeth need strong roots. Without them, eating can be difficult. When your synthetic roots are permanently attached to your jawbone, your teeth will be strong enough to bite into raw carrots or chew meat fibers.
If you choose a restoration option that doesn't include replacement roots, you may find that you must avoid certain foods because your biting power has decreased. Biting power is particularly important for your health. When you can't bite and chew hard or tough foods, soft foods may seem more appealing. Unfortunately, a soft food diet may lack the nutrients you need to stay healthy. Thanks to your Grand Rapids, MI dental implants, you'll be able to eat anything you want.
Implants also keep your jawbone strong and prevent resorption, a condition that occurs when the bone weakens due to decreased stimulation from missing tooth roots. If resorption is severe, loose teeth and sagging of the muscles in the lower half of your face can occur.
With proper care, your implants will stay healthy and strong. Brushing and flossing daily and visiting the dentist for regular checkups will keep your implants healthy.
Fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants! Call your dentist in Grand Rapids, MI, Dr. Thomas Lambert, at (616) 364-6490 to schedule an appointment.