Superior Orthodontics Harper Woods and West Bloomfield, MI
Dental implants are considered by most dentists to be the longest-lasting, most durable, and most attractive replacements for missing teeth. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry has stated that implants are the “next best thing to healthy, natural teeth.” Rooted in your jaw, implants are unlikely to need replacement in your lifetime!
About Dental Implants And The Process
The implant itself looks like a small screw, and it functions as the foundation for beautiful dental restorations. Implants securely attach restorations of all sizes to the jaw, from single crowns to bridges, to dentures. These restorations are generally made from ceramic or another biocompatible material and are matched to your teeth so they blend right in.
Getting an implant does require an initial surgical procedure, where a hole is made in the jawbone, and the implant structure call the screw, or post, is carefully attached. Following this, you will wait a few months while the implant takes hold and heals, and you will typically be provided a temporary crown or restoration to fill the gap in the interim. Over time, the bone and tissue build up and anchor the implant in a process called ‘osseointegration.’ A middle piece called an abutment is used to fasten the permanent crown to the post in your jaw, and the permanent crown restoration completes the process.
Most dental offices need to refer patients out to oral surgeons to have the implant placed and then they finish up the restoration of the crown, but at Superior Orthodontics we have all the necessary specialists on staff to perform the dental implant process from start to finish. You'll only have to visit our office, no need to get a referral!
Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. For an implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene and are not recommended for smokers. Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time. According to a study by the Academy for Oral Implantology in Austria, however, implants have a 97 percent success rate.