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Whether you are missing one or many teeth, you may be embarrassed by the gaps in your smile. Let dental implants help. They are thedental implants most permanent and effective option to replace your missing teeth. Learn more about dental implants with help from your Kalamazoo, MI dentist.

What are dental implants? 
Dental implants are made up of three parts: the fixture, a biocompatible, titanium post, the abutment, which connects the fixture to the crown, and the crown, which replaces the visible portion of the missing tooth. Your dentist implants the fixture into the jawbone under the gum line, leaving it to heal and integrate into the bone over time. The fixture becomes the foundation for your new tooth, eventually becoming a permanent part of your mouth. However, implants can do more than replace a single tooth. Multiple tooth replacement uses implants to hold a dental bridge which spans the width of multiple missing teeth in a row. Implants can also be strategically placed throughout the arch to hold a complete denture, allowing it to lock into place onto the implants.

What is the procedure for dental implants like? 
Implants are usually conducted in two phases. The first phase is consultation, preparation, and surgery. Your dentist uses your first appointment to take a mold of your mouth which the dental laboratory uses as a basis to customize your new teeth. This appointment is your time to ask any questions or raise any concerns you have about your implant procedure. At your second appointment, the fixtures are surgically implanted into your jawbone. After surgery, phase two begins. Healing time takes several months. During this time, your implants integrate into the jawbone and become part of your mouth. After successful integration, your dentist attaches the crowns onto the fixtures using the implant’s abutments.

The Benefits of Dental Implants
Unlike traditional dentures, implants stay put and are totally non-removable. Rest assured knowing that your implants are a permanent part of your smile and will not fall out or move around. Implants function just like natural teeth. Eat all of your favorite foods with confidence that your chewing surface will not change. The most obvious benefit of dental implants is the second life they give your smile. Filling in your gaps to achieve a smile you love is priceless.

Filling in your gaps might only be one phone call away. For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. David Cooley in Kalamazoo, MI. Call 269-345-1021 to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable associate about scheduling your consultation for dental implants today!