A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement that looks, feels and works like a natural tooth.
The actual dental implant material is usually titanium. A post is surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation. The root replacement device can help prevent future jaw bone deterioration that can occur after a tooth has been lost. When the implant has integrated securely with the bone (it can take three to six months), a smaller post is attached. This post extends above the gum line. The artificial tooth (crown) is then attached.
Dental implants are extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of configurations. One dental implant can replace one missing tooth. A series of implants can replace more than one tooth or anchor a dental bridge. Implants can also act as a sturdy base for partial or full dentures.
We encourage our Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Belmont, Walker and Rockford MI. patients to call 616-827-7019 to schedule a visit to discuss your dental goals and see if you would be a good candidate for dental implants. If you are missing one or more teeth, you owe it to yourself to get a free consultation with Dr. Bruce Stewart and Dr. Eric Hull.
Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry
769 York Creek Dr.
Comstock Park, MI 49321