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By David J. Campbell DDS
August 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If your fence were missing a picket or a rail, wouldn't you replace it? Of course, you would because, after all, the fence wouldn't look right dental implantsor do its job if it had gaps. The same goes for your smile. If the unfortunate occurs and you lose one or more teeth to decay, accident or gum disease, fill the gaps with today's best tooth replacement option--dental implants from White Lake, MI, dentist, Dr. David Campbell. They're stable, life-like and last for years.

The typical dental implant

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry says that half a million dental implants are placed annually in the United States. So this innovative prosthetic is increasing in popularity and in application, too, as dentists install single-tooth implants and anchor multi-tooth bridges and even dentures with these titanium wonders.

Yes, that's right titanium. The typical dental implant contains a bone-loving, natural metal called titanium, a frequently-used component of orthopedic joint replacements for the knee and hip. Human bone adheres to titanium through a process known as osseointegration, making this strong, but light, metal well-adapted to residing in the jaw bone of a teen or adult with tooth loss.

Looking at a diagram of a single-tooth implant, you would see the titanium screw (this is surgically placed below the gum line), a metal abutment (above the gum line) and a custom-crafted porcelain crown bonded to the abutment. With bridgework or dentures, several dental implants in White Lake support the prosthetic. For instance, All-on-4 is a common way to anchor full dentures.

The implant procedure

Dr. Campbell performs a comprehensive oral examination on prospective implant patients to make sure they have a jaw bone strong enough to support the device. Also, he looks for complete oral health.

If all is well, he installs the implant device in one short visit. He numbs the area around the empty socket, opens the gums and then drills a hole into the bone itself. He inserts the titanium device and closes the area with a few sutures. The patient goes home to heal. Healing and integration take several weeks, but with it, the doctor knows the implant can handle the substantial pressures associated with chewing and biting.

When the patient returns, Dr. Campbell examines and X-rays the site and bonds the abutment and crown in place. With minor adjustments for bite, the dental implant treatment is complete.

Implant care

If you're used to brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, you're all set because that's how you routinely care for dental implants. While implants don't decay, they can develop peri-implantitis, an infection resembling gum disease. This destructive condition is really the only thing that threatens implant success. In fact, with at-home and in-office care, implants succeed up to 98 percent of the time, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness.

Find out more

You can replace your missing teeth. Learn if dental implants are right for you by contacting Dr. David Campbell today for a consultation in White Lake, MI: (248) 887-8387.

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