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By David Cooley, DDS
November 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you're like most people, you thought you'd keep all your natural teeth forever. While that's a laudable goal, life happens sometimes, and dental implantssmile gaps result from a dental abscess, gum disease, oral injury or deep decay. For the best tooth replacement option available today, see your Kalamazoo and Portage, MI dentist, Dr. David Cooley. An expert in dental implant placement, Dr. Cooley can explain what dental implants are, how they work and if they are the right choice for your healthiest, most attractive and best functioning smile. Chances are good that dental implants can complete your smile.

What is a dental implant?

It's a totally artificial tooth from root to crown. What makes it different from conventional bridgework or partials? Well, it resides right in the jaw bone rather than just on top of the gums. This in-the-bone placement creates a solid foundation that's very similar to a real tooth root. So implants:

  • Strengthen the jaw bone
  • Keep gum tissue healthy
  • Provide normal speech and chewing
  • Look just like real teeth

Surgically inserted during a simple, in-office surgery, a titanium dental implant progressively and permanently adheres to the jaw bone through osseointegration. This amazing process keeps an implant in place and functional for decades, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness.

Once the implant is fully healed, Dr. Cooley re-opens the site and bonds on an extension post and lifelike dental crown crafted of fine porcelain. With routine brushing and flossing at home and in-office cleanings and check-ups with Dr. Cooley, the typical implant patient enjoys his or her new tooth for years and years.

The bigger smile gap

Even if you have lost more than one tooth, Dr. Cooley may be able to craft an implant-supported prosthetic perfect for your unique needs and preferences. These bridges or full or partial dentures rest on multiple implants inserted at strategic points in the jaw. Dentures may be permanently installed or removable as determined at a detailed implant dentistry consultation.

As with the single-tooth implant, your Kalamazoo and Portage dentist determines if your oral health and jaw bone density are sufficient for implant success. To do this, Dr. Cooley does a complete visual inspection, takes digital X-rays and CT scan imaging. If the bone is thin, there are augmentation procedures which can build it to sufficient size and strength to accept one or more dental implants.

Are you ready to smile again?

You can with wonderful dental implants from your Kalamazoo and Portage, MI dentist, Dr. Cooley. Please contact his office team today to arrange your personal consultation: (269) 345-1021.