What are Dental Implants?

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About Dr. Peter Zwier

For over 30 years, Dr. Peter J. Zwier has been providing a broad range of general and cosmetic dental services to Grand Rapids, meeting the needs of your whole family in one convenient location. Your oral health is extremely important to your body’s wellbeing, and a beautiful smile is a wonderful asset at any age.

Dental implants are a safe and well-established procedure that helps support false teeth. These titanium implants are placed within your jawbone, just like your roots. In order to ensure the longevity of your dental implants, it is important that you take good care of them and stay regular with your maintenance appointments. With good care, the dental implants last for several years.

What are Dental Implants Used For?

Dental implants can replace one or more teeth. This could be just one tooth or the complete set. Your dentist will check the health of your jawbone before determining whether the implants are a good option for your missing teeth. You will also have to undergo a few tests to ensure there is enough bone in the area where implants will be used. If the bone is unhealthy or there isn’t enough bone in the area, there will first be a requirement for a bone graft in the area.

What is the Implant Procedure?

In certain cases, it is more difficult to replace your teeth than to place an implant. The use of local anesthesia ensures that there is no pain but there might be slight discomfort for about a week after the placement of your implant.

Your false teeth can be fitted right after the dental implants. Your dentist will give you a timetable before he begins your treatment since some of them might take longer for completion. You will also get instructions about keeping them clean together with pain medication to be taken for a few days. These are required until your jaw fuses and grows with your dental implants.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Your dental implants replace the roots creating the much-needed stability. It also helps in maintaining the jawbone. Some of the benefits of dental implants include:

  • They have a long life – dental implants make you feel and look younger. They also help with the prevention of bone loss that could be caused due to tooth loss. This means that after getting implants, your facial structure will continue to remain intact and normal.
  • Stunning results – your dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth and this keeps your smile attractive.
  • Gives a boost to your confidence – when the comfort, health, appearance as well as functionality of your teeth is maintained, it is obvious that you will regain your self-confidence.

How Long Will your Dental Implants Last? When you care for your implants and go for regular appointments, they will be long-lasting.

To learn more about dental implants in the Grand Rapids area, contact our office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Zwier!