Dental Implants In Utica, MI
A dental implant is essentially a metallic root that replaces a natural tooth. Michael E. Simony, D.D.S. places an implant into a location in your jaw where it would be favorable to have a crown or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury or some other reason. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. It is actually considered more conservative for this reason.
Dental implants are restored with crowns and are so natural-looking and feeling; you may forget you ever lost a tooth. Your confidence about your teeth affects how you look and how you feel, both personally and professionally. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don't feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news – dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own! Under proper conditions, such as placement by our office and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for implants.
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.
What Dental Implants Can Do
Replace one or more teeth without affecting bordering teeth.
Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.
Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
Types Of Implants In Use Today
Endosteal (in the bone): This is the most commonly used type of implant. The various types include screws, cylinders or blades surgically placed into the jawbone. Each implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth. This type of implant is generally used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.
Subperiosteal (on the bone): These are placed on top of the jaw with the metal framework's posts protruding through the gum to hold the prosthesis. These types of implants are used for patients who are unable to wear conventional dentures and who have minimal bone height.