Enjoy Your Favorite Foods with Dental Implants

implant dentist Sterling HeightsWe rely on our teeth for the ability to speak clearly, smile with self-confidence, and chew properly. If one or more teeth are lost, you may lose function and the ability to eat the foods you enjoy. An ideal solution is dental implants. A consultation with your implant dentist will detail the process, and explain all that you have to gain once missing teeth have been restored.

What Is A Dental Implant? 

This is a small titanium post that is surgically embedded in gum tissue where one or more teeth are missing. During your consultation, your implant dentist will begin with a discussion about your overall health followed by a very thorough dental exam. Dental x-rays will be used to help determine bone strength in gum tissue where the implant is to be placed.

Sufficient bone is necessary; however, if there is not enough bone initially, there are procedures available to augment bone where needed.

The bone in the jaw is designed to fuse to the implant, a process known as osseointegration. That is one of the key reasons why titanium is often the metal of choice for dental implants. Bone will integrate with the implant to support the cosmetic restoration. Just as the roots of your tooth hold your biological tooth in place, the integrated dental implant is designed to act similarly.

Dental Implant Benefits

Once the restoration has been tried in for fit, appearance, and function, your dentist will permanently cement it into place.

You will never have to worry about movement or slippage when speaking or eating. And the cosmetic restoration will have been made to match neighboring teeth so closely no one will be able to tell which tooth was replaced.

Finally, you will be able to eat all your favorite foods. Initially you might want to be careful with chewy or sticky foods like caramel, but eventually you will become used to your new dental work and should be able to enjoy anything you wish.

Caring for your implant is as easy as the care you provide for all your teeth. Brush twice daily, floss to remove what your toothbrush missed, and visit your dentist as recommended for cleaning and dental exam to care for your remaining biological teeth and the dental implant that has been designed to last a lifetime.