Tooth loss is a big deal. Smile gaps, compromised speech and oral function, along with bone loss, begin a downward spiral of dental health deterioration. Your Sterling Heights dentists, Dr. Rana Hanna and Dr. Saif Hanna, offer dental implants, today's most secure, realistic and long-lasting tooth replacement.
What happens with tooth loss?
Tooth loss creates poor smile aesthetics, tooth migration, bone and gum degradation and compromised oral function. To avoid imminent gum and bone recession, Dr. Saif Hanna and Dr. Rana Hanna replace teeth with state-of-the-art dental implants.
Unlike conventional tooth replacements, such as bridgework or partial dentures, implants reside in the jaw bone, creating a solid foundation for biting, chewing and speaking. Plus, the titanium in the implant attracts human bone like a magnet and securely holds onto it through a natural process called osseointegration. No other dental prosthetic does that.
How do implants work?
To receive a dental implant, you need good oral and systemic health and a strong jaw bone. Dr. Hanna will examine both during a one-on-one consultation. If you're a good candidate, the process will extend over several weeks to allow the surgically-inserted titanium implant to fuse together with the jaw.
Once osseointegration is complete, Dr. Hanna attaches a metal abutment and lifelike ceramic crown. You have an artificial tooth which imitates your natural teeth so well you won't be able to tell the difference!
Just like real teeth, dental implants require good oral hygiene--that is, brushing, flossing and in-office hygienic cleanings. Dental implants cannot get cavities, but they can develop a form of gum disease called peri-implantitis.
Peri-implantitis can be treated. However, the sooner treatment starts, the better the chances are that the implant will stay in place. What's the lesson in all this? Keep your implant clean and avoid smoking.
Other kinds of implants
Besides single-tooth implants, your dentist may utilize two, four or even six implants to secure dentures--either fixed or removable. Dental implants give partially or fully edentulous patients youthful personal appearance, clear speech, natural and efficient biting and chewing and yes, a shot of self-esteem, too.
Restore your smile
Learn the details of how dental implants can create your very best smile. Call the office of Dr. Saif Hanna and Dr. Rana Hanna today for an individualized evaluation on your implant needs. Phone (586) 981-0199.