Research from the American College of Prosthodontists shows that approximately 175 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and more than 35 million do not have any teeth, or are edentulous. And as the population ages, the number of people with missing teeth is expected to increase. Unfortunately, a number of negative consequences result from missing teeth. Many people have difficulty speaking and eating, because of course teeth are critical to enunciation and chewing. Still others are reluctant to smile or laugh because they know people will be able to spot the hole in their smile. Thus, missing teeth are often the reason for both physical and emotional problems. Fortunately, residents of Lansing, MI, have a highly skilled and educated dentist they can turn to for tooth replacement with dental implants: Dr. John J. Hagerty.
More than any other tooth replacement option, a dental implant most closely mimics a natural tooth because it is comprised of an imitation root as well as a crown. The root is a small biocompatible titanium screw that Dr. Hagerty surgically implants in your jawbone beneath the space of a missing tooth. With time, the post and surrounding bone tissue fuse together in a process called osseointegration that forms a solid foundation for your eventual tooth restoration. The post and bone have what is essentially a symbiotic relationship—the bone holds the post in place and the post encourages healthy new bone growth. Without the stimulation provided by the post, bone tissue is much more likely to deteriorate and cause changes in the structure of your face.
After several months of healing, patients return to Hagerty Dentistry where we attach the appropriate tooth restoration. For a single tooth replacement, Dr. Hagerty will likely attach a custom made porcelain crown that is designed to fit seamlessly alongside adjacent teeth and opposing teeth. Several missing teeth can be replaced with dentures, partials and bridges that are securely held in place with dental implants. These prosthetic devices can be outfitted to permanently attach to implants. As such, these offer all of the health benefits of dental implants along with the aesthetic advantages of a complete prosthesis to replace several teeth.
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If you would like to know more about how dental implants can restore your complete smile as well as your oral and even general health, then contact the office of Hagerty Dentistry. Dr. Hagerty, the implant dentist, will consult with you to determine if you are a good candidate for implants. We happily provide our services to those who live in Lansing, MI, Okemos, Holt, East Lansing, Grand Ledge, and the surrounding communities.