If you’re missing one or more teeth, you might find it somewhat reassuring to know that you have a lot of company. By one estimate, more than 50 percent of people in the U.S. – 178 million — are missing at least one tooth, and about 30 percent of people over 65 have lost all their teeth! When you’re thinking about replacing one or more teeth, consider dental implants from Dr. James Ross at Family, Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Novi, MI.
Dental implants are the strongest and most durable tooth replacement option. The implants themselves are small screws of titanium or a titanium alloy that are place beneath the gum where one or more teeth are missing. The bone fuses to the implants and holds them just as securely as your natural tooth root!
In fact, implants function as replacement tooth roots. When an abutment, or connector piece is secured to the implant, and then a restoration like a single crown, bridge, or denture is secured to the abutment, the pressure of chewing is transferred to the underlying bone. That stimulates to the bone and helps to keep it strong and healthy.
The implants themselves can last as long as you live with proper care. That make dental implants a very wise investment in your health and your smile.
Most People Can Benefit From Dental Implants
Since the pressure of chewing – which is enormous – is transferred to the bone, that bone has to be thick and strong enough to hold up. Bone thickness and density are probably the most important factors in whether a person can get implants with healthy gums coming in a close second.
The only way to know for sure whether implants will work for you is to schedule a free consultation with Dr. James Ross at our Novi, MI dental office. He’ll take detailed images and perform a thorough examination to ensure that dental implants are the right solution for you.
If you’re missing one tooth, a dental implant with a solid crown restoration will give you a replacement tooth that looks, feels, and functions just like your natural tooth. A dental bridge can be attached to implants to replace two or more missing teeth. And an entire “arch” of dentures will give you a full set of beautiful, strong, replacement teeth on the top or bottom.
By the way, implant-supported or implant secured dentures are immovable. They absolutely will not slip or slide around in the mouth or pop out unexpectedly. And, they return up to 90 percent of your original chewing power, meaning that you can eat the foods you love including tough-to-chew delights like steak!
Don’t Live Any Longer With Missing Teeth!
Today’s modern teeth replacement option can give you back a smile you love and restore your ability to eat all the foods you used to.
Get started by scheduling a free dental implants consultation with Dr. James Ross at Family, Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Novi, MI. Call our office today at 248-697-2487.