According to the American Academy of Dentistry, dental implants are one of the greatest advances in dentistry in the last 40 years. Dental implants are a more permanent solution for missing teeth than bridges or dentures. Drs. Shah and Velilla are trained to restore dental implants in their Detroit Metro office.
How do I know if I need a dental implant?
Dental implants are primarily for patients that are missing one or more teeth and want to fill the space. While implants are an excellent cosmetic solution for missing teeth, they also help preserve the bone beneath. When spaces are left without teeth the bone begins to atrophy. When this happens teeth can shift and your bite can be greatly compromised.
What is a dental implant?
According to the ADA, dental implants “are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.”
The titanium rod is surgically placed into the jawbone. Once the gums have healed and the implant has successfully bonded to the jawbone (over a period of several months) a prosthetic tooth is attached to the portion of the rod or screw above the gum line.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Implants are known for their close similarity to the way natural teeth look and function. There are many benefits to dental implants:
- Implants are stable and built to last
- Implants last for several years (up to 10) with proper care
- No need to remove them for eating or cleaning
- Help in maintaining your bone and natural face shape
- Help maintain normal speech
- Implants are not susceptible to cavities
Dental implants can be a more predictable tooth replacement procedure. If you have any questions about dental implants, or would like to schedule a consultation with your Detroit Metro dentists, Drs. Shah and Velilla, please contact our Novi office today at (248) 427-9003.