Everything you need to know about Dental Implants

what to know about dental implantsRoyal Oak and Birmingham, MI

Have you heard about dental implants? If you’ve been living with lost teeth and done any research on finding ways your Royal Oak dentist can restore your smile, you probably know that implants are the highest-quality tooth replacement on the market. These implants are nearly permanent. However, many people still have misconceptions about implants or how this type of dental procedure is performed. Dr. Nancy Hartrick of Hartrick Dentistry wants to help keep you informed about the best options for your dental care. To that end, we have compiled this list of the important information you should know about dental implants.

Here are the basics of dental implants

An implant has three parts: the implant screw itself, a crown, and an abutment that connects the two pieces. The implant screw serves as an artificial root for your tooth replacement. Once placed in your jawbone, it bonds naturally with your bone. This implant screw provides the sturdiest base for artificial teeth. The implant is topped with a crown made of dental porcelain, which mirrors the appearance of natural tooth enamel and can be made to match the shape, size, and color of your other real teeth.

How do you know if you need an implant?

Dr. Hartrick can install a dental implant in Royal Oak if you have permanently lost any teeth or are about to lose them due to damage or decay. However, implants are not advised for children or anyone who suffers from gum disease.

What makes implants different from other tooth replacements?

Two major differences set apart implants from other treatment options. The first is jawbone stimulation, which is more important than you might think. Your jaw gets constant stimulation from your tooth root. Without it, supporting bone will eventually experience deterioration. With dental implants, the screw replaces that root—something no other tooth replacement provides. The second difference is permanence. Dental implants are permanently attached in your mouth, and typically outlast other common tooth replacement restorations like partial dentures or a dental bridge.

How likely is it my implant procedure will be successful?

Dental implants have a 98 percent success rating, according to WebMD. That does not mean that you won’t have to keep up with your implants. Maintaining good oral hygiene is the key to having an implant that lasts the rest of your life. The success rate is also based on you finding a dentist with the right qualifications to perform the implant procedure. Remember, the placement of the implant screw itself is oral surgery. Any dentist performing an implant procedure should be experienced and educated on the latest restorative dentistry techniques, and communicate with you on every step of the process. That’s where Dr. Nancy Hartrick comes in to help.

Implant Dentistry in Royal Oak

Hartrick Dentistry has 28 years of experience in evaluating patients’ dental needs. We pride ourselves on our ability to help you make an educated decisions about your oral care. You should be aware of the benefits, risks, and the alternatives. Before beginning any implant procedure, your implant dentist should perform a thorough evaluation, consider your medical history, and discuss them with you. Dental implants could greatly improve how you feel about your smile. If you live in the Royal Oak or Birmingham, MI, area, call the office of Hartrick Dentistry today at (248) 549-0950 to schedule your consultation.

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    32609 Woodward Ave.
    Royal Oak, MI 48073
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