Teeth are rarely perfect, and while cosmetic treatments can correct many imperfections, missing teeth require more intensive restoration.
If you have teeth that have fallen out or required removal, dental implants from Dr. Thomas Lambert in Grand Rapids, MI, can fill the voids from missing teeth to complete your smile, improving its appearance, health, and function.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants serve as a replacement for a missing tooth. They consist of two parts: a post and an artificial tooth. The post portion is shaped like a small screw and implanted into the jawbone. The bone will regrow around the post, holding it permanently in place so it can serve as the root for an artificial tooth, which is a dental crown affixed to the top.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants from our Grand Rapids, MI, office have many beneficial qualities.
- Appearance: With dental implants, your incomplete smile will be filled out again, so it looks natural and attractive. We use a custom artificial tooth, shaped, sized, and tinted to match the rest of your teeth, so the implant is not detectable.
- Health: The void from a missing tooth can be a breeding ground for bacteria and lead to infection and even weakening of the jawline. A dental implant restores the strength of your mouth and protects the gum and surrounding teeth.
- Function: You may find biting, chewing, and brushing uncomfortable with a missing tooth. With a dental implant, these actions will be easier and feel natural, so you can maintain your oral and overall health with the consumption of crisp, healthy foods like produce and proper brushing and flossing.
- Convenience: Dentures, another option for missing teeth, require removal for cleaning and sleeping and you may experience some shifting in your mouth as you adjust to them. Dental implants are permanent and feel and act just like natural teeth.
Find out if dental implants are the right choice for you. Book an appointment with Dr. Lambert by calling our Grand Rapids, MI, office at 616-364-6490.