August 3, 2017
At our Norton Shores, MI dentist office, Dr. Christopher Sortman, Dr. Kyle Gies, and our professional team offer a broad assortment of restorative dentistry options and more so you can:
- Easily eat difficult-to-chew foods like beef jerky, caramel apples, and much more
- Chew your food more thoroughly, improving your digestion
- Be proud of your smile when it’s time to say “cheese”
- Maintain your youthful appearance for years to come
- Make better first impressions
- Get compliments from your friends and loved ones
Enjoy The Perks Of Dental Implants
If you are missing one or multiple adjacent teeth, you may be considering a dental bridge. While this is a tried and true tooth replacement option, dental implants offer many advantages compared to dental bridges. We’ve listed and explained some below for you to consider.
With proper care, a dental bridge can last 15 years or longer. But on the opposite end of that spectrum, a dental bridge may need to be replaced within five years or less.
In contrast, dental implants can last for the rest of your life if you maintain good oral health habits and visit Community Shores Dental for regular dental cleanings and exams every six months.
Dental implants may be more expensive initially, but because they last so long and will not need to be replaced like a dental bridge eventually will, you should consider them a worthy investment.
Maintain Healthy Jawbone
Dental implants literally fuse with your jawbone through a fascinating process called osseointegration.
In fact, the practice of using dental implants in dentistry came about because of an accident when a Swedish researcher and his team were trying to study bone regeneration in rabbits. They placed a small optical device encased in titanium in the rabbit’s leg, and when they went to retrieve the device, the titanium had become fused to the bone.
The same thing happens when dental implants are placed. Your jawbone grows around the dental implant, forming a sturdy foundation for tooth replacement options.
Because dental implants effectively replace your tooth roots in this way, they help to prevent jawbone deterioration that normally occurs when teeth are lost. This will keep your jaw healthier and help you avoid the “sunken in” look.
Preserve Your Healthy Teeth
A traditional dental bridge requires a significant amount of healthy tooth structure to be irreversibly removed. This is because a traditional dental bridge uses the teeth on either side of the smile gap to provide anchors for the dental bridge.
A dental implant, on the other hand, does not require any preparation of your healthy teeth and only focuses on replacing the damaged or missing tooth in question.
Because dental implants do not require surrounding teeth for support, they also help you avoid putting undue stress on your natural teeth. With a dental implant, the biting force is transferred to the jaw as it’s supposed to be, helping you regain up to 90 percent of the chewing power of your natural teeth!
Put Your Trust In Our Compassionate Team
So you can make the decision that suits your needs and goals, we’ll answer any questions you have and review all of your treatment options with you. We’ll take the time to get to know you and provide a patient-centered visit.
To ensure your treatment is as comfortable as possible, we’ll numb your mouth with an anesthetic before we begin. We also offer various amenities to put you at ease and can relieve your dental anxiety with dental sedation options, such as:
- Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas”
- Oral conscious sedation
- IV sedation
- General anesthesia
If there’s anything we can do to improve your overall experience, just let our friendly team members know!
Preserve your healthy teeth and jaw and treat your smile to the strength of dental implants from Community Shores Dental! Call 231-366-4182, stop by our Norton Shores, MI dentist office in person, or use our handy online form to schedule or ask questions.