One of the first things people notice about you is your smile. Truly, that fact has been proven by science! So, when there’s a gap in your smile from a missing tooth, it’s hard not to be insecure about it and find ways to cover your mouth. In fact, we recently read that about 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth! Thankfully, dental implant procedures are increasing in popularity and could be a great option for you if you’re ready to finally fill the gap.
Most people believe that a dental implant refers to the artificial tooth itself – that’s not the case. The dental implant refers to the metal post that is surgically inserted into your jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, your dentist is able to mount your replacement tooth onto it.
Because implants infuse to your jawbone, they provide a stable support for the artificial teeth and won’t allow for them to slip or shift within your mouth when you’re eating tough foods. Many of our patients here at Fisher Pointe Dental have mentioned that their implants feel very natural and that they forget they’re artificial in the first place.
To receive dental implants, we always tell our patients that they need to have two things:
- Healthy gums
- And adequate bone to support the implant. That’s why it’s important to move forward with this procedure pretty quickly after the loss of a tooth! The longer you wait, the more bone degeneration will occur.
Although implants are usually more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, we encourage you to come in for a consultation. Some insurance carriers do cover a percentage of the procedure and our office offers payment plans for those worried about the cost.
If you’re in the Grosse Pointe area and are looking for a dependable dental office that can provide you with dental implant options, call Fisher Pointe Dental today at (313) 882-1490.