Currently, millions of people across the country suffer from tooth loss. According to the American Association or Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 69% of adults over the age of 35 are missing at least one permanent tooth. By age 74, over 26% of adults have lost all of their teeth. Thankfully, your Livonia dentist, Dr. James Stewart, offers a natural looking solution to tooth loss with dental implants. In today’s blog, Dr. Stewart answers questions about the benefits of dental implants.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Question: What happens if I don’t seek treatment for missing teeth?
Answer: When you lose teeth, the body responds by suspending the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone. Without these key nutrients, the jawbone tissue dissolves. Soon, patients suffer for further tooth loss and an aged appearance, including jowls, sunken cheeks, and ptotic chins.
Question: How do dental implants work?
Answer: A biocompatible titanium post will be inserted directly into the jawbone. The bone will soon bond with the post, in a process known as osseointegration. This anchors the implant into place. Finally, a crown or dental prosthetic will be placed onto the post/posts, restoring your smile.
Question: Will dental implants prevent bone loss?
Answer: Yes. The body accepts dental implants as natural teeth, resuming the flow of nutrients. Implants help preserve your facial structure and rejuvenate your smile.
Question: Can dental implants be used to secure a full set of dentures?
Answer: Yes. For patients missing most, or all, of their teeth, multiple implant posts will be placed in the jaws. A full or partial set of dentures will be fabricated and attached to the posts. Implant dentures are fixed, which means no slippage and no adhesives required.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Livonia Dentist
Do you suffer from tooth loss? With dental implants, your Livonia dentist can return your smile to full function and health. To learn more about our approach to implant dentistry, talk to Dr. Stewart today. To schedule an appointment with our 48151 dental practice at (734) 425-4400. Also, visit our website to view services, testimonials, and print patient forms. We look forward to treating patients from Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Northville, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, and surrounding areas.