Phone: 616-363-3821

Dental Implants

What is an implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed in the jaw to hold a replacement tooth in place. Implants can be used in multiple locations to replace several missing teeth. They also can be used to give support for partial and complete dentures. Once restored, dental implants can look, function and feel just like real teeth.

Whom does an implant benefit?
Dental implants are an ideal option for anyone in good general oral health that has missing teeth. Implants can be more conservative than other methods of tooth replacement because they do not rely on adjacent teeth for support. Implants also benefit patients who have partial or complete dentures who want a snugger, more secure fit. Implants are not necessarily the best treatment option for every situation, so a thorough examination is indicated to determine candidacy.

How is it done?
Implant dentistry involves teamwork with a surgeon who places the implant, and a restorative dentist who attaches the crown or other prosthesis to the implant. The placement of an implant is a two-step process. First, the implant is placed in the jawbone creating an artificial tooth root. After a few months the implant becomes securely anchored in the jawbone. Second, the replacement tooth is made and secured to the implant, without having to rely on neighboring teeth for support.

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Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Phone: 616-363-3821