How Do You Know If You Need Dental Implants?

July 3, 2019 Grandville Dental Health Center

Dental Implants Grandville, MI DentistsHave you lost one or several teeth? If so, it’s time to request an appointment with one of our dental implant dentists in Grandville, MI. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root (typically made of titanium) used to support a crown. Since dental implants are fused to the jawbone, they’re much more stable than dentures and other tooth replacement options.

Continue reading to learn if you need dental implants. Also, feel free to request an appointment with one of our dentists for more information.

Do You Need Dental Implants?

You Wear Dentures

Dentures sit on top of the gums and don’t prevent jawbone deterioration. A tooth implant, on the other hand, will exert pressure your jawbone needs to stay healthy. If you don’t get a tooth implant, you will eventually lose jawbone tissue and experience facial collapse. Once the jawbone deteriorates, it’ll become harder to refit dentures so you can chew without pain.

Unlike dentures, dental implants never slip. This means that you can eat, talk, and smile like you did before tooth loss. While denture teeth have to be submerged in water or denture cleanser when they aren’t in your mouth, implants can be cared for like natural teeth.

You’re Considering a Dental Bridge

Like the name suggests, a dental bridge “bridges” the gap left by a missing tooth. A bridge is comprised of an artificial tooth anchored by crowns on healthy adjacent teeth. In order to place a dental bridge, our dentists would have to remove healthy enamel from teeth on both sides of the gap. Once enamel is removed, it can never be replaced. Our dental implant dentists prefer implants over bridges because they let you keep as much natural tooth structure as possible.

A tooth implant is sturdier than a bridge because it’s anchored to your jaw. This added stability helps you smile, talk, and eat with confidence. Dental implants are also long-lasting, which means you’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful healthy smile for years to come.

You Have Missing Teeth

After tooth extraction, our dental implant dentists will recommend an implant to help you maintain good oral health. Otherwise, your jawbone will start to deteriorate and eventually alter the shape of your face. The best time to get a tooth implant is immediately after extraction.

Your teeth are held in place by roots and adjacent teeth. This means that when you lose a tooth, nearby teeth are likely to tilt toward the open space, loosen, and eventually fall out. Fortunately, dental implants support nearby teeth so you can continue smiling with confidence.

Dental implants help you avoid:

  • Bone loss in jaw
  • Facial collapse
  • Further tooth loss
  • Ill-fitting dentures
  • Feeling self-conscious about your smile

Call Our Dental Implant Dentists

We understand that you must have a lot of questions about the dental implant procedure. This is why we recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our dental implant dentists.

Dr. Larissa Bishop and Dr. Rebecca Vander Baan are dental implant dentists in Grandville, MI. To request an appointment to explore your tooth replacement options, call the Grandville Dental Health Center at (616) 531-0360.

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