When a tooth is missing from your smile, it leaves an unattractive gap as well as the potential for serious dental issues. Teeth will begin to shift into the open space, which can affect your bite and wear on teeth. To remedy this, our dentist, Dr. Mark Osenieks, might recommend a dental implant to replace the missing tooth, which is a restorative treatment for people who are missing one or more teeth as a result of injury, periodontal disease or any other reason.
A dental implant is a metal post that an oral surgeon will anchor into the jaw so that a prosthetic tooth can fill the hole in your smile. The oral surgeons to whom we will refer you typically use titanium dental implants in Grand Rapids, Michigan, because of their high biocompatibility and durability. Once the implant is in place and the bone surrounding it has had enough time to heal, you will need to visit our office in order to attach the prosthetic (replacement tooth) to the post. This is often done with a porcelain crown so that the new tooth will match both the color and function of your natural smile. Just as with your natural teeth, you must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits, as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.
For more information about dental implants, the surgical offices to which we might refer you, or to schedule a consultation with our dentist, call our office at (616) 453-0002 today.