Unlike other dental procedures, the dental implant process requires a series of appointments spanning several months. The titanium implant must be attached to the jaw bone during a surgical procedure, and the gums and surrounding tissue must fully heal before the next step. The healing process generally takes several months to complete.
The other two elements, the false tooth and the abutment that connects the implant and false tooth, must be placed carefully and require a certain amount of patience to accomplish successfully. If you talk to some of our dental implant patients, you will find that the time involved in an implant is well worth the functional, beautiful finished result.
Yes, Dr. Erickson also offers dental bridges, a permanent solution that consists of a false tooth between two dental crowns. However, if you have sufficient bone structure to accommodate a dental implant, it will provide you with the most effective and durable solution for your missing tooth.
You may also opt for full or partial dentures to address your tooth loss. This is an effective alternative when you are looking to replace an entire arch of teeth.
A dental implant that is placed with care and skill can rival the strength of your natural teeth. Because the dental implant serves as a replacement root as well as a replacement tooth, the biting strength of your new tooth is simply unmatched by other options such as dentures or dental bridges.
The main concern for dental implant candidates is the condition of the jaw bone. You must have ample bone tissue that is healthy and able to form a strong bond with the implanted titanium implant. The gum tissue surrounding the bone should also be healthy and able to heal normally after surgical implantation of the implant. To find out if you would make a good dental implant candidate, please schedule an initial evaluation with our St. Joseph dentist, Dr. Sven Erickson.
Our dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from real teeth. We use high-grade porcelain and composite materials that mimic the qualities of natural teeth to provide you with a beautiful result.
Please contact our St. Joseph implant dentist today to schedule your appointment at Modern Dentistry Associates, serving patients in St. Joseph and Kalamazoo, Michigan and Elkhart, Indiana.