According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, more than 3 million people have dental implants, and the number is increasing by 500,000 a year. The growth isn’t surprising, given the advantages implants offer over traditional tooth replacements like dental bridges and dentures. Compared to the alternatives, dental implants feel, look, and function more like your own teeth.Dr. Douglas A. Callow on Dental Implants Read Transcript
One of the biggest advances in dentistry since I've become a dentist is the advent of dental implants to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are the most lifelike way of replacing many, or even just a single missing tooth. The nice thing about a dental implant is it's very much like a natural tooth. In many cases, if it's a single implant, you're able to floss around it. It preserves the teeth adjacent to it and helps, overall, preserve other teeth in the mouth. Whereas with bridge work or dentures or partial dentures, oftentimes healthy teeth are sacrificed to help support a bridge or a partial denture properly.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth. It can be used to replace missing teeth with a bridge, for instance, between two dental implants, or they can be used to replace all of the teeth. Implants are very reliable; there’s amazing success rates with them now. Years ago, once again, when I first started in dentistry, many people felt implants were experimental and dental insurances back then didn't cover them. Now we find that more insurances are covering them and the long-term success rate of these implants is amazing.
In a free consultation in our Plymouth, MI dentist office, Douglas A. Callow, DDS can help you determine if implants are right for you. He partners with an oral surgeon, who places implants in your jaw. After the implants heal, Dr. Callow restores them with a tooth replacement: a dental crown, dental bridge, or dentures.
For more information on implant dentistry, call Douglas A. Callow, DDS at 734-404-7336 to schedule an appointment at our Plymouth, MI office.
Dental Implants Offer Many Advantages
Dental implants are an increasingly popular choice for tooth replacement, thanks to their many advantages. They are:
- Secure. Because they are embedded in your jaw, your dental implants will stay put. No worries about slippage!
- Able to preserve surrounding teeth. We don’t need to modify your surrounding teeth for dental implants.
- Better for your bones. Since they act as artificial tooth roots, dental implants stimulate your jaw much like your real roots. You’ll retain more jawbone density, and your bite will be strong again so you can eat all your favorite foods.
- Durable. With proper care, your implants will likely last a lifetime.
- Versatile. Dental implant can replace a single tooth or up to a whole mouthful of teeth. They can be restored with a dental crown, a dental bridge, or dentures.
- Low maintenance. Regular brushing and flossing are all that’s needed to care for your implants, as well as regular checkups at our Plymouth, MI office.
How Do Dental Implants Work, Exactly?
A dental implant is a strong titanium screw. Once implanted in your jaw, the bone grows around it, creating a secure foundation for your chosen dental restoration. The implant functions as an artificial tooth root, supporting your restoration. We’ll use a dental crown to replace a single tooth, or a dental bridge or dentures to replace multiple teeth.