Dental implants are placed in your jawbone to support crowns, bridges, and dentures. An implant, abutment, and crown give the appearance of a natural tooth.
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root made of titanium. During the first part of the procedure, an oral surgeon will place the implant. Over several months, the tooth implant would then fuse to the bone during a process called osseointegration. Once your jaw has healed and the implant is fully stable, Dr. Busch-Abbate will be able to place the dental crown over top. Dental implants can be used to anchor removable or fixed dentures for more stability.
Unlike dentures, dental implants are placed in your jawbone for the ultimate stability. This means that you’ll be able to eat your favorite foods with confidence. Many of our patients also appreciate that dental implants allow the denture to stay in place while they talk and smile.
Not only do missing teeth affect your self-confidence, but they can also contribute to further tooth loss and even bone loss in your jaw. Your body is able to detect missing teeth and will absorb the minerals in your jaw to use elsewhere. Over time, you’ll lose bone density and even experience facial collapse. Facial collapse not only affects your appearance, but makes it difficult and uncomfortable to wear dentures. Dental implants help to stop bone loss.
Request a consultation with our dentist if you recently lost a tooth. You may be a candidate for dental implants if you have sufficient bone density in your jaw. That way, your dental implants will have enough support. You’ll also need to have a healthy immune system before undergoing the dental implant procedure.
Our dental office treats many types of traumatic dental injuries, such as teeth that have been chipped, moved, or knocked out. Please contact our Kalamazoo, MI office for help with a dental emergency.