Dental Implants Make Your Smile Better
Whether you are a fan of the Spartans, Wolverines, Pistons, Shock, Lions, Red Wings, or Tigers, then you know one of the highest compliments that can be given to any athlete:
“___ makes everyone around him/her better.”
We are sure you can fill in that blank with more than one name.
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we have our own nominee for this honor — dental implants.
Implants can be used to restore your smile, but they only work when they are paired with another type of restorative service.
If you have been considering restorative treatment to replace a missing tooth or lost teeth, then we encourage you make the trip from Auburn Hills, Troy, or anywhere in between. Our dentists in Rochester Hills, MI would like to how dental implants can make your other treatments even better.
Below The Crown
Your teeth have two primary sections. The crowns are what erupt from your gum. This is what the world sees when you smile.
The crowns of your teeth are also the part you use to bite into and chew your food. They are important to say the least.
We would prefer that all our patients keep all of their crowns, but we know that isn’t going to happen. If we can preserve the root of your tooth, then we may reshape the top and replace it with a dental crown.
But if your tooth gets knocked out, your tooth is so decayed that it needs to be removed, or your tooth falls out as a result of poor oral hygiene, then we may recommend a dental implant, too.
A missing tooth doesn’t just leave a gap in your smile. It also leaves a hole in your gums and in your bones.
If you leave that space vacant, then you can lose up to 25 percent of your bone density in that part of your mouth within 12 months. Without something to replace the missing root of your tooth, your bone loss could spread, and more of your teeth could be at risk.
A dental implant replaces the root of your tooth. It becomes embedded in the bone, which spurs new bone growth. And that keeps your bone healthy.
The implant also provides a solid foundation for your dental crown. This gives your crown the support it needs to function like a real tooth, so you can keep eating delicious corn on the cob, crisp apples, or anything else that you enjoy.
Close The Gaps
If you need a dental bridge, then you may be missing more than one tooth.
Traditional bridges are made by bonding a few dental crowns together. The teeth on either side of the gap in your mouth are reshaped into abutments, which provide the support for your dental bridge.
To be clear, the pontics (the dental crowns in the middle of the bridge) don’t have any support underneath them. This opens up the possibility that the bone under your pontics losing density, which could threaten your remaining healthy teeth in the long run.
As an alternative, you can place your dental bridge on one or more dental implants instead.
This provides the same benefits as with a dental crown. It stimulates the bone to encourage new growth and keep it healthy. Implants also provide support so you can bite and chew with your bridge just like you could with your real teeth.
Millions of American are missing at least one complete arch of teeth, and a vast majority of them replace their missing teeth with dentures.
This may improve their smiles, but it isn’t the same thing as having their teeth back. People with dentures have a fraction of the biting power of someone with a full set of healthy, natural teeth.
Unless … the person with dentures also has dental implants.
If you are thinking about or already have dentures, imagine being able to eat absolutely anything that you want to eat once again. That’s possible with implant-supported dentures.
Dental implants can be carefully placed in your mouth, and they have been proven to be more than capable of keeping a set of dentures securely in place. Studies also have shown that implant recipients can regain most if not all of their original bite force.
Dental implants are like the perfect teammate. They provide support and stability, and they keep their partners going strong.
The dentists and staff at Hubbard & Leath Dental in Rochester Hills, MI feel the same way about our patients. We are here to support you and to provide stable dental care for you, no matter what you needs.