By Dr. Craig Blogin
June 10, 2016
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Learn more about dental implants with your Ann Arbor dentist.

Keeping your smile healthy is an important factor in keeping the rest of your body healthy as well. If you are missing one or more teeth, your dental health could be at risk. Luckily, you can fill in your smile’s gaps with dental implants from your Ann Arbor, MI dentist.Dental Implants

How do dental implants work? 
Dental implants are unique in that they not only replace your missing tooth but also its root. Unlike a dental bridge, which uses the surrounding teeth to anchor itself down, a dental implant uses a tiny titanium post, called a fixture, surgically implanted into the jawbone beneath a missing tooth. This fixture provides a foundation for the implant’s prosthetic tooth which replaces the tooth itself. Together, these parts work together to give you a permanent tooth replacement which will last a lifetime with proper care.

What can dental implants do for me?

  • Single Tooth Replacement: Single tooth replacement benefits those missing a single tooth, or several teeth randomly placed throughout the mouth. This method uses a single fixture to hold a single tooth, allowing the prosthetic tooth to stand alone in your mouth and function just like a natural tooth.
  • Multiple Tooth Replacement: The dental implant method’s version of a dental bridge, multiple tooth replacement uses implants to secure the bridge into the mouth rather than using dental crowns or metal clasps connected to the surrounding natural teeth. This leaves your natural teeth intact and unharmed. Two or more implants hold a row of replacement teeth in place, giving you back your bite surface and making chewing and speaking easier.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures: Traditional dentures replace all of your teeth, but come with the added risk of moving around or even falling out. Implant-supported dentures latch onto implants placed throughout the arch, securing them either permanently (permanent dentures) or semi-permanently (removable dentures). Those missing all of the teeth in their mouth require a set of implant-supported dentures.

How do dental implants keep my smile healthy? 
Missing teeth set your mouth’s health back in several ways. A missing tooth no longer stimulates the bone which once held it in place. This lack of stimulation allows the bone to atrophy, or break down and degrade over time. If left untreated, this condition causes sagging facial muscles resulting in a prematurely aged appearance. Additionally, filling in your gaps keeps the teeth surrounding the gap from shifting or drifting, which can affect your bite and make eating and speaking more difficult.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Craig Blogin in Ann Arbor, MI. Call (734) 975-6700 to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable associate about scheduling your consultation for dental implants today!


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Craig L Blogin, DDS, PLC
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Ann Arbor, MI 48108
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