Close the Gap in Your Smile

By Progressive Dental Group
January 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Has tooth loss devastated your smile? Why not close those unsightly and unhealthy gaps with dental implants from your Novi, MI dentist, dental implantsDr. David Salah. Dental implants are today's innovative solution to the bone loss, gum recession and decreased oral function associated with missing teeth. Most healthy adults qualify for this amazing restorative procedure. Learn the details from the caring staff at Progressive Dental Group.

The problem of tooth loss

The American Academy of Periodontology states that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults. Other reasons include oral injury (as from an auto accident) and dental decay and abscess. Whatever the cause, tooth loss degrades teeth neighboring the smile gap, decreases the ability to bite and chew and affects the clarity of speech. Of course, losing even one tooth impacts smile aesthetics, and complete tooth loss reduces bite height and causes a prematurely aged appearance.

The best solution

Dental implants change the future for older teens and adults who have experienced tooth loss. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the single tooth implant and implant-supported bridges and dentures are the most predictable and long-lasting tooth replacements available.

To qualify for one or more dental implants, Dr. Salah performs a complete oral examination, taking special note of bone density. That's because dental implants reside in the jaw bone, anchoring them through a process called osseointegration.

What is osseointegration? it's a natural bond between human bone and titanium, the main material in dental implant cylinders. Once placed into the jaw during a simple, in-office surgery at Progressive Dental Group in Novi, implants fuse permanently in place, creating the strength and durability which these artificial teeth are known for.

Once an implant site is integrated fully, Dr. Salah bonds on a metal extension post and lifelike porcelain crown. Improving upon the effects of osseointegration, a dental implant gets stronger each time a patient bites and chews on it.

The lifespan of a dental implant

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry says that a dental implant will last the rest of the individual's life if he or she practices good oral hygiene at home and gets routine check-ups and cleanings at the dental office. Also, if the patient smokes or chews tobacco, quitting is important because the toxins in tobacco deteriorate the bone and gum surrounding a dental implant. This condition is an infection called peri-implantitis, and it may necessitate implant removal.

Lose the gaps

You can with dental implants from Progressive Dental Group in Novi, MI. Call today for your personal consultation with Dr. Salah and his experienced team: (248) 349-7560.