Unlike more traditional tooth replacement options, dental implants recreate your entire tooth, including the root hidden underneath the gum tissue. This is important because the root is what stimulates the jawbone and keeps it full and healthy; without it, patients can experience jaw deterioration over time, which is what leads to that shortened facial profile that many older people have. Additionally, dental implants are fully functional, and impressively long-lasting. In fact, most patients are able to enjoy implant-restored teeth for the rest of their lives!
If you’ve lost one or more teeth and you’re interested in exploring dental implants, don’t hesitate to give our Ann Arbor, MI practice a call today! Dr. Cocco and the rest of our staff would love to meet you.
Yes! It definitely should with a new, custom-made dental crown or bridge fitted over it. After your implant has been placed and your mouth has healed, our team will start working with you to formulate an implant-retained restoration. Implant-retained crowns are crafted from tooth-colored materials and designed to fit over singular implants. They’re the ideal option when you’ve lost one tooth and want to preserve the health of the surrounding teeth. Alternatively, implant-retained bridges can replace missing teeth that appeared next to each other in your smile. By placing an implant on either side of the gap, the bridge can be anchored firmly in place.