Gaps in your smile can be hard to ignore, and it's not only how unsightly they may be, but they can make eating difficult and lead to complications over time if they go uncorrected. You have options to restore your smile, and each available treatment offers its own set of benefits, but as you may find, dental implants surpass the alternatives in several ways. To learn much more about them, please get in contact with your Grand Rapids, MI, dentist Dr. Thomas Lambert.
Benefits Over the Alternatives
A dental implant is supported in a fashion very similar to your natural teeth, but instead of a root, the part of your tooth that lies just below the gum line, your new tooth is supported by a titanium post.
This titanium post is permanently implanted right into the bone of the jaw. A process called osseointegration, in which the bone grows into the implant is what provides the very strong bond.
It's onto this post that an abutment is attached which will hold your new tooth. Implant-supported dentures can help to restore multiple teeth.
What this all means is that unlike other treatments dental implants will not impact nearby teeth for support like bridges require, and will not depend on suction or adhesives like most dentures.
Dental Implants in Grand Rapids, MI
If you are ready to restore your smile and are curious about dental implants, come into the office to determine if you are a candidate for the procedure. Poor dental health and poor bone structure are both hurdles for the treatment, but can usually be overcome with the help of your dentist, either by treating gum disease or via bone grafts. A smoking habit can sometimes outright disqualify you for dental implants, as it can severely lengthen the very important healing time.
It all starts with a call, so make an appointment today with Dr. Thomas Lambert in Grand Rapids, MI, by dialing 616-364-6490.