Built to function like a natural tooth root, a dental implant is a metal post typically made of titanium that supports a porcelain crown for a seamless result. Our Hudsonville, MI, dental implant dentists can place one or multiple if you’re tired of living with missing teeth. We’re more than happy to give you all the necessary details and take a closer look at your smile to confirm whether they’re right for you.

In the meantime, here’s what you should know about dental implants and how they differ from other restorative options, like dentures or a dental bridge.

How Will Dental Implants Benefit Me?

Our dentists want all patients interested in the dental implants procedure to be aware that the entire process does take several months to complete. While this may seem extensive, many of our patients feel that the time is a worthy investment because the tooth implant delivers such a natural look and feel for years.

Their longevity is thanks in part to their ability to fuse directly to your jawbone so there’s no worry of them shifting like removable restorations. Additionally, because most dental implants are titanium, they can last a lifetime if cared for properly each day. Titanium is biocompatible, meaning it won’t cause an allergic reaction or negative immune system response in the body. It’s also highly resistant to fracture, non-corrosive (won’t rust), and is great at handling pressure over time.

Choosing dental implants also allows for:

  • Natural jawbone stimulation (prevents loss of facial structure)
  • An improved ability to speak and chew
  • An enhanced smile appearance
  • Surrounding/nearby teeth to avoid any alteration prior to placement
  • The freedom to enjoy an unrestricted diet (no need to avoid sticky, overly chewy, or crunchy foods)

Dental Implant Procedure: What to Expect

Assuming we don’t have to perform a tooth extraction or bone graft prior to getting started, our dentists will move forward with dental implant surgery by administering local anesthetic to numb the area. We also have sedation options available if you feel you need the extra assistance feeling relaxed. Once your mouth is prepped, our dentists will insert the implant into your jawbone.

Over the next several months, this implant will fuse to your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Our dentists will monitor your progress along the way to make sure everything goes smoothly. After the implant has fully fused and the area is healed, our dentists will call you back into our Hudsonville, MI, dental office to have the abutment (connector piece) and crown placed to give you the appearance and function of a natural tooth.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Ready for a smile upgrade? Our dental implant dentists in Hudsonville, MI, can permanently fill in gaps left behind by missing teeth. Call Hudsonville Dental today at (616) 209-4024, or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

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