Dental implants help restore form and function for patients who are missing teeth. The small, metal posts replace lost tooth roots and support restorations, enabling you to smile, speak, and chew with confidence. Dr. Susan M. Dennis provides high-quality restorations for dental implants at her Portage, MI, practice. She believes in holistic, comprehensive treatment to maintain optimal levels of health, and uses metal-free attachments and restorations as much as possible. Not only will your oral health be restored, but your smile can appear incredibly lifelike and natural, allowing you to smile with confidence once more.
How Can Dental Implants Restore Your Smile?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed in your jaw to replace lost tooth roots. The posts will fuse with your jawbone, becoming permanently fixed through a process known as osseointegration. After placement surgery, you will spend four to six months healing, during which time you can wear a temporary restoration. Once you have fully healed, Dr. Dennis will place small abutment pieces on the implants. These pieces will connect to your restoration, holding it securely in place.
Because implants are fixed in your jaw, they provide unparalleled levels of stability for restorations. The number of dental implants you receive depends on the number of teeth you are missing, and the restoration you require. One implant can support a crown, while two or more can uphold a permanent bridge. We also offer implant-supported dentures, which rest on four or more posts.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Implants serve as new tooth roots, making them extremely stable. Unlike older or removable prostheses, implant-supported restorations will not slip or shift. In addition, the posts will send regenerative signals to surrounding bone tissue, preventing jawbone recession, and preserving your oral health. The posts are also extremely durable, and with proper care can last a lifetime. In addition, maintenance is easy, requiring only regular brushing and flossing and routine dental check-ups.
Why Choose Dr. Dennis for Your Implant Restorations?
Though Dr. Dennis does not place implants herself, she will coordinate your entire procedure. She will conduct your implant screening to determine if you are a suitable candidate for treatment. If she determines that implants are right for you, she will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon and oversee your treatment. Dr. Dennis works with the top surgeons in the area, and she will collaborate with your doctor to choose the right type of implants and proper placement for your bone density.
Dr. Dennis will also carefully select appropriate materials used for your custom restoration to ensure lifelike function and optimal appearance. She typically uses a titanium abutment pieces for back teeth because the material is incredibly durable. For the front teeth, she will only use metal-free zirconium abutment pieces. This tooth-colored material will match your restoration, and will never show through to alter the shade of your smile.
Your restored smile can significantly improve your quality of life, enabling you to eat a wide variety of foods, speak without issue, and share your smile freely.
All of our restorations are made at a local Michigan lab that we have partnered with for 25 years. Whether you receive a crown, bridge, or denture, your prosthesis will be highly customized to blend with the color of your gums and surrounding teeth. Dr. Dennis will also ensure that your restoration matches the overall contours and proportions of your face. Your restored smile can significantly improve your quality of life, enabling you to eat a wide variety of foods, speak without issue, and share your smile freely.
Begin Your Journey to Natural Restorations
We encourage you to learn more about implants, and find out why Dr. Dennis is an outstanding choice for your restorative care. Contact our office today for more information and to book an appointment.