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Farmington Hills dentist explains caring for dental implants


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If you are experiencing tooth loss, whether due to extractions, accident, injury, decay, or other reasons, you know how it can affect your self-confidence, appearance, and in certain instances, your ability to eat and speak comfortably and effectively. For many years, the only options for patients with tooth loss were dentures and bridges. While these restorations still have their purposes, dental implants have become the most recommended treatment for loss of teeth.

Permanent, fixed dental implants not only restore the look and function of your teeth, they help to strengthen the jaw bone, providing support and stability for remaining teeth, while preventing bone loss and teeth shifting.

Made from durable titanium, dental implants replace the actual root of the tooth. The small post is surgically placed into the jawbone. Over several weeks, the implant becomes fused with the bone, anchoring it securely in place. An abutment (connector) is added to the implant to hold a natural-looking, custom-designed dental crown to cover the visible portion of the implant. The crown is matched in color and shape to the surrounding teeth.

At Richard S. Bernstein, DDS, located in Farmington Hills, MI, we understand how important healthy teeth and an attractive smile are to your quality of life. Dr. Bernstein has been transforming smiles for more than 25 years and he is recognized for his personalized and attentive care.

A comprehensive consultation with Dr. Bernstein will determine if a patient is an appropriate candidate for dental implants. Most patients who are in relatively good, stable health, with good gums and bone, can benefit from the procedure. Patients with a history of smoking or chronic health disorders should discuss these conditions during consultation.

Caring for dental implants is easy. Implants function much like natural teeth and should be maintained similarly. Brushing, flossing, and scheduling regular dental visits for checkups and cleanings will help dental implants last a long time, potentially a lifetime. Although dental implants are not susceptible to cavities, normal wear and tear on the restoration may occur.

For more information about dental implants, contact the friendly, professional team at Richard S. Bernstein, DDS, today at 248.636.2100.


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