Dr. James Stewart is a general and cosmetic dentist from Livonia, MI. Today, Dr. Stewart discusses the potential benefits of replacing missing teeth with dental implants.
Dear Dr. Stewart: I’ve heard that dental implants are the closest thing to real teeth. Can anyone qualify for dental implants?
Dr. Stewart: Dental implants are unique because they actually replace both the crown (the visible part of the tooth) and the root. The implant portion, a biocompatible titanium post, is inserted into the jaw. Over a period of months the bone grows around the implant, securing the new tooth like a real one.
To be a viable candidate for the procedure you need to meet two criteria: have healthy gum tissue and an adequate amount of bone in the jaw.
If your dentist decides you meet both of these criteria then you can enjoy a whole smile once again, with a tooth replacement option that can last as long as 25 years or more with proper care.
If you have a question about your oral health and what you can do to enjoy a healthier smile and higher quality of life, contact Dr. James Stewart by calling (734) 425-4400 or visiting his website at jamesstewartdds.com.