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By David Cooley, DDS
December 11, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

It’s normal to have questions about dental implants before you get them.

Looking to get a little information about dental implants? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Traditionally, dental bridges and dentures were used to replace missing teeth, but thanks to amazing strides made in the field of restorative dentistry and technology, our dentist Dr. David Cooley also offers dental implants to help restore tooth loss in healthy adults and seniors.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small post or screw made from a biocompatible metal (often titanium). This post is placed directly into the jawbone where the missing tooth once stood to replace the roots of your teeth. From there, the implant fuses with the jawbone to provide a permanent foundation to support false teeth.

How long do dental implants last?

Since implants naturally integrate with the jawbone and natural tissue in your mouth, this means that implants are designed to last a very long time. In fact, as long as you practice good oral hygiene and keep your implant clean, there is no reason why you couldn’t have this implant for the rest of your life.

Am I too old for dental implants?

You’ll be happy to hear that there is no cap on age limit when it comes to getting dental implants. As long as you are in good health, you’re dedicated to caring for your implant, and you don’t smoke then you could very well get a dental implant much later in life. We can provide implants for people well into their 80s and 90s.

What makes someone a good candidate for implants?

If you are a healthy adult who is missing at least one tooth then our dentist might just deem you a perfect candidate for implants. Of course, we will need to examine your mouth and take X-rays to make sure that you’re in good health and that the jawbone is strong enough to support your implant.

We will also ask you questions about your lifestyle and habits to make sure that you are a good fit for this restoration.

Does it hurt to get a dental implant?

When people hear that they have to undergo surgery to get dental implants here at our Portage, MI, practice, they often get nervous; however, this procedure is nothing to worry about. The procedure is performed right here in our practice under a highly trained dental professional. We will administer a local anesthetic before the procedure so you won’t feel a thing. If you’re only getting a single dental implant the surgery may take as little as 30 minutes.

If you are interested in getting dental implants here in Portage, MI, the next step is to find out if you’re a good candidate for treatment. To schedule your no-risk dental consultation, call Dr. David Cooley today at (269) 345-1021.

By David Cooley, DDS
November 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Are you ready to replace a missing tooth? If so, dental implants, the only option that restores an entire tooth from the roots up, may be a Dental Implantgood choice for you. Here at Dr. David Cooley's office in Kalamazoo, MI, we offer a variety of dental services and procedures to help protect your smile, including dental implants. Read on to learn more!

 

Building a new tooth from the roots up

In the past, replacement teeth were only able to replicate the dental crown, or visible part of your tooth. Thanks to improvements in technology, however, your entire missing tooth can now be recreated with the help of dental implants!

Dental implants are made of titanium and look like small screws. In order to replace your tooth roots, these pieces are implanted in your jawbone during a minor oral surgical procedure. Once placed in the jaw, the implants begin to bond to the bone over the next several months. Bonding is a crucial step in the process and ensures that your new root will be stable and secure.

Once the implant has successfully bonded to the jaw, your dentist will connect the crown using a connector called an abutment.

 

How dental implants can help you

Dental implants offer several important benefits, including:

  • Natural Appearance: Your Kalamazoo dentist makes an impression of your mouth to ensure that your new crown blends in seamlessly with your smile.
  • No Concerns About Drifting Teeth: It's not unusual for nearby teeth to begin to drift after the loss of a tooth. As the teeth attempt to fill the gap, they may overlap, changing your appearance and your bite. Implants prevent drifting from occurring.
  • Strong Jawbone: Your tooth roots constantly press against your jawbone, providing the stimulation it needs to remain healthy. After tooth loss, however, this stimulation is gone, leading to resorption (shrinkage) of the jawbone, loose teeth, and facial sagging. Fortunately, adding dental implants to your jawbone prevents resorption from occurring.

 

Interested? Give us a call today!

Fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants! Call your Kalamazoo, MI, dentist, Dr. David Cooley, at (269) 345-1021 to schedule an appointment.

By David Cooley, DDS
August 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Learn more about this popular, long-term solution for replacing missing teeth.

If you are one of the millions of Americans currently dealing with tooth loss, know that our Portage, MI, dentist, Dr. David Cooley, has Dental-Implanthelped countless patients recover a full smile thanks to dental implants. Read on to learn what this treatment can do for you!

 

What is a dental implant?

An implant is a titanium artificial tooth root that is placed into the jawbone where it naturally bonds with the bone and tissue. After placement, an implant permanently provides a stable foundation from which to hold a false tooth in place. Given that the implant is embedded to the jaw, the only part of the restoration that people will be able to see is the dental crown.

 

What is the success rate of a dental implant?

Dental implants carry with them an extremely high success rate. Some factors including where the implants are placed can affect the success rate, but overall, the success rate is up to 98 percent. With the proper care, it is possible for a dental implant to last the rest of your life.

 

What makes someone a good candidate for dental implants?

There are many factors that our Portage, MI, family dentist will need to consider before determining whether you are right for implants. First, we will examine your teeth and gums to look for decay, gum disease, or any other issues that will need to be addressed before treatment. We will also perform an x-ray screening to look at the health of the jawbone and make sure it is strong enough to support an implant.

Although the vast majority of patients qualify for treatment, other factors could affect your candidacy. These include,

  • Untreated chronic health problems (e.g. diabetes)
  • Alcoholism
  • Your age (implants aren’t right for children and young teens)
  • Having a compromised immune system
  • Undergoing radiation therapy or chemotherapy

 

Interested? Give us a call

If you are an adult who is dealing with tooth loss in Portage or Kalamazoo, MI, our dental team can help you get your smile back on track with dental implants or other tooth replacement options. Dial 269-345-1021 today to schedule a consultation!

By David Cooley, DDS
December 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Discover what makes someone a good candidate for this long-term tooth replacement.

While many people may assume that tooth loss only happens to seniors, it’s important to understand that no matter your age you can face tooth loss if you don’t provide your teeth and gums with proper oral care. If you’ve let your oral health fall by the wayside then you may be wondering the best way to replace that missing tooth (or teeth). Our Kalamazoo, MI, restorative dentist Dr. David Cooley -can certainly provide you with the treatment you need.

While the goal should always be to maintain your natural teeth, when this is no longer an option we know that it’s important for our patients to be able to get the next best thing to a real tooth. This is where a dental implant comes in. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into the jawbone to support a false tooth.

Of course, as with any restorative dentistry procedure, our Kalamazoo, MI, dentist will need to make sure that you are ideal for this restoration. There are some factors that will help us determine whether or not implants are right for you. These factors include:

- Healthy gums

- A strong jawbone that can support an implant

- Good oral hygiene

You must be committed to good oral hygiene and to properly caring for your implant.

We will go through your detailed medical history during your evaluation to make sure that there isn’t anything that could negatively impact your dental implant procedure.

If dental implants sound like the tooth replacement option you’ve been looking for, then the next step is to call our office to schedule a consultation with our dental team. Our dental office serves Kalamazoo and Portage, MI. Don’t just put up with gaps in your smile. Restore your smile with dental implants.

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.