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March 16, 2018
Category: Dental Implants
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What can change your personal appearance, self-confidence, chewing, and biting more quickly than anything? Tooth loss can as empty dental implantsspaces cause bone and gum resorption and movement of any remaining teeth. A complete smile suddenly can be gapped and dysfunctional when a tooth is lost to trauma, periodontal disease or extensive decay and infection. However, the faster you replace that missing tooth with a modern dental implant, the more quickly your smile can normalize. Just ask Dr. Mark Richardson in Kalamazoo, MI about how dental implants can help your smile.

The typical dental implant

Actually, it's not so typical because its main structural component, titanium, has the ability to meld with human bone. So when the implant screw is placed into a patient's empty socket, the jaw bone immediately begins to osseointegrate, or fuse, with the device. Truly, the process is miraculous as it forms a strong bond capable of supporting the forces exerted on the metal alloy extension post and realistic porcelain crown. In fact, the more an implant is used, the sturdier it becomes.

The procedure

First, you must be cleared for the dental implant procedure. In his Kalamazoo office, Dr. Richardson will examine your teeth and gums and take X-rays to determine if you have adequate bone in your jaw to support the titanium implant. If you do, he'll refer you to an oral surgeon to place the dental implant.

Over the ensuing weeks, your jaw and implant will integrate, the healing process is critical to dental implant success and retention. When you return to Dr. Richardson, he safely can attach the extension post and customized porcelain crown.:

Living with a dental implant

Well, your smile gap (or gaps) will disappear. In its place will be a fully functional tooth that feels and looks incredibly real. Then, you'll be able to bite, chew, and speak perfectly without that unsightly space bothering you.

Next, you'll brush and floss your implant just as you do your natural teeth. Be sure to keep it free from plaque and tartar so the gums and bone stay healthy, and see Dr. Richardson twice a year. He'll check your oral health and the condition of the implant, and you'll receive your usual hygienic cleaning.

Versatile and durable

That describes this great tooth replacement. Dental implants serve as anchors for fixed bridgework and partial/full dentures, too. So if you have more than one smile gap or wear conventional dentures already, Dr. Richardson can work with you to complete your smile with implants. Most implant patients keep their prosthetics for the rest of their lives, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness.

Lose the gaps

And, improve your smile. Why not learn more about dental implants from a Kalamazoo, MI expert like Dr. Mark Richardson? Call his office today to arrange your individualized consultation: (269) 343-6907.

By Mark E. Richardson DDS
April 29, 2015
Category: Dental Implants
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental ImplantsWhat's the best way to replace teeth lost to gum disease, decay, or trauma? The answer depends on many factors, but over the past few decades, more patients have been choosing dental implants to restore a gap in a smile.

Whether you need is to replace one tooth or several, the dental implant procedure works for patients who have healthy gums and enough jaw bone to support the metal screw or screws that form the foundation of a dental implant. In fact, the American Dental Association and other dental authorities state that dental implants have a more than 95 percent success rate and that implants prevent remaining teeth from drifting and jawbone from deteriorating.

Here's How a Dental Implant Works

Once your dentist has evaluated your mouth with a careful oral examination, x-rays and other imaging, he will begin the dental implant process. While this is truly a surgical procedure, nothing more than a local anesthetic is usually required.

Your oral surgeon will place a metal screw directly into the jaw bone. This screw is made of an amazingly biocompatible material, titanium. Bone accepts this metal so well that it actually grows around the screw in a process called osseointegration. During healing process, the implant becomes securely anchored to the jaw. The surgeon then attaches another metal piece, called an abutment, onto the implant.

In a subsequent visit, the dentist will glue a natural-looking and color-matched porcelain crown to the abutment. Together, the screw, abutment and crown form the finished implant. Adjusted for bite and well-matched for color, shape and size, this lifelike restoration looks, feels and functions just like a natural tooth. Implant patients enjoy normal speaking, chewing and a revitalized look to their smile. The jaw bone benefits from increased density and strength.

Who Can Get Dental Implants?

Again, healthy gums and sufficient bone are important, although there are procedures to heal diseased gums and to augment jaw bone that is too narrow or not adequately dense. In addition, implants may be used to support a multi-tooth bridgework or a full set of removable dentures.

People who are conscientious about dental hygiene make the best candidates for the implant procedure. While implants do not decay, gum disease is still a danger. Patients must floss daily and brush twice a day just as they would natural teeth. Routine cleanings and dental exams are a must as well.

Mark E. Richardson DDS

To return your smile to its healthiest and brightest best, call Dr. Mark E. Richardson in the Kalamazoo, Michigan area. He and his friendly staff would love to lend their expertise to helping you decide about dental implants. Call their family dentistry office today at 269-343-6907.