- March 11, 2017
Do you have a missing tooth or one that might need to come out? You do not have to live with an empty spot in your smile. Call our Birmingham, MI dental office at 248-972-8720 to schedule an appointment for a dental implant crown. After our local oral surgeon places the implant, Dr. Newingham will connect the replacement tooth just right.
An Old Idea That Had A Problem
Modern dental implants are just that — modern. They’re at the forefront of dental technology. Getting a dental implant is the next best thing to still having that tooth in place.
Dental implants actually go back really far in history. There’s evidence that the Mayans tried using seashells and crystals as a primitive dental implant. However, there was one big problem with these: They wouldn’t stay put. Even if you shaped a crystal to look like a tooth, the jawbone won’t hold onto it. That means it would come out whenever they ate.
The Accident That Made Dental Implants Possible
Thankfully, modern dental implants have solved this problem. But it was discovered through an accident.
In the 50s, a scientist was studying how bones work. He implanted a few small titanium cylinders in the leg bone of a rabbit. After he collected his data, he tried to remove them — and found it he couldn’t. The titanium cylinders had fused with the leg bone. No one knew this would happen, as no other metal does this.
After publishing his findings, dentists realized the potential. They began experimenting with using titanium to make artificial tooth roots. Once these were surgically placed within a jawbone, the dentists waited a bit. Sure enough, the implants fused with the jawbone and provided the same stability and strength as a natural tooth’s root.
That’s why you need to call Newingham Dental Center today for your first dental implant appointment. Once Dr. Newingham has thoroughly examined your teeth and jaw, he’ll refer you to a local oral surgeon who does the dental implant procedure. Then you come back to our Birmingham, MI dental office so Dr. Newingham can artfully place the replacement tooth atop your implant.
How Dental Implants Improve Your Life
There are other ways to replace a missing tooth, such as a dental bridge. However, dental implants give you four distinct advantages.
Dental implants replace that missing tooth for 20 years or longer.
Because these are as close as you can get to regrowing that lost tooth, dental implants do not require any special care of maintenance. Just brush and floss like you already should be doing. This way, your dental implant can last 20 years or more.
Call us today at 248-972-8720 to schedule your appointment for a dental implant that will last for decades.
The dental implant’s root helps keep your jawbone healthy.
Your jawbone needs stimulation to stay healthy. WIth your natural teeth, that stimulation comes from chewing. The pressure travels down the root and into the bone tissue there. When you’ve lost a tooth, the jawbone near that spot will begin to deteriorate and become weaker.
That’s why you need to call our Birmingham, MI dental office as soon as possible. The longer you go without a dental implant, the worse your jawbone will get.
Dental implants help you feel more confident and self-assure.
It can be difficult to feel confident speaking to others when you know they can see that empty spot in your smile. It makes you look older, and you can be embarrassed about it.
By calling Newingham Dental Center today, you can take one step closer to ending such embarrassment. With a natural-looking dental implant crown in place, your smile will look normal. That can boost your confidence.
Dental implants can make it easier to chew and talk like normal.
You need all your teeth to chew. When you’re missing one, some foods can either hurt to chew or be really hard to do that. And if you’re missing a tooth near the front of your mouth, you could have trouble pronouncing words clearly.
After our trusted, local oral surgeon has completed your dental implant procedure, Dr. Newingham will use his training and expertise to artfully place the dental implant crown in your smile. Then you’ll be able to chew and talk like you used to.