Posts for tag: Dental Implants

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
February 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Despite advancements in modern dentistry, it’s estimated that millions of people in the U.S. still suffer from tooth loss, which is commonly due to injury, decay, or gum disease. For decades, the only teeth restorations available for people who have lost a tooth were dentures and dental bridges. But while these are very effective and will suffice for many people, some may find that dental implants are more suitable for them.

Implants serve as replacement teeth roots that will provide a durable foundation for removable and fixed teeth restorations designed to match your real teeth. If you’re interested in dental implants, a consultation with one of our dentists, Dr. Wayne Walcott or Dr. Brett Walcott, here at Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, can help to determine your eligibility.

How You Can Benefit from Dental Implants

  • Enhanced Overall Appearance: Implants actually feel and look like your natural teeth, and since they will gradually fuse with your jawbone, they will be permanent fixtures in your smile.
  • Improved Comfort: Since implants are permanent, you won’t have to worry as much when eating, speaking, laughing, or sleeping as you would with removable teeth replacement options.
  • Enhanced Self-Confidence: Because implants can give you a full and healthy smile, you’ll also feel more confident about yourself.
  • Easier Eating: Since dental implants work exactly like your real teeth, you can eat confidently knowing that you won’t feel any pain and experience issues when biting foods.
  • Enhanced Oral Health: Implants work like your real teeth so you can brush and floss them just like you would your real teeth, ensuring easier and proper oral hygiene. They also work to prevent resorption of your jawbone, keeping it intact.
  • Durability: Implants are made of titanium so they are extremely durable. They can even last you a lifetime with proper care and regular checkups with your dentists in Ann Arbor, MI.

To find out more about dental implants, call Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, at (734) 994-3700 to book a visit with one of our dentists, Dr. Wayne Walcott or Dr. Brett Walcott.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
March 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants have revolutionized modern tooth replacement. Replacing missing teeth, stabilizing remaining teeth and improving the Implantquantity and quality of supporting bone, implants act, look and feel real. Your dentists in Ann Arbor, Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott, use these terrific prosthetics to replace missing teeth. Learn if you could restore your smile with dental implants.

When you lose a tooth...

Tooth loss changes the oral landscape--both smile appearance and function. But, did you know that it also degrades your jaw bone and gums? That's right. Even losing one tooth compromises the health, strength and size of supporting hard and soft tissues. Remaining teeth tend to migrate, and dental alignment and facial structure change.

The answer to these dilemmas depends on accurate and expedient tooth replacement. If a dentist can get an artificial root into the empty tooth socket soon after extraction, bone loss is averted, and a smile has a better chance of full restoration.

Replacing teeth

You may be a candidate for today's best tooth replacement: the dental implant. The dental implant resembles a real tooth. It has a titanium root which your Ann Arbor dentist puts right into the jaw, a metal alloy abutment to extend that implant above the gums and a realistic porcelain crown to provide natural biting, chewing and smile appearance. Your candidacy for dental implants depends on how strong your jaw bone is.

Likely you are a good candidate, as verified by exam and special digital scans. The American Dental Association says about five million individuals receive dental implants in the US each and every year.

What's the secret?

In other words, why do dental implants work so well? Osseointegration is key to implant success and longevity. This natural process bonds the jaw bone to the titanium implant. While it takes several weeks of healing to fully integrate the implant and the jaw, you'll be well pleased with the results. Plus, the more you use your implant after the initial healing period, the more durable the new tooth will become. It should last you for the rest of your life!

Caring for dental implants

As the saying goes, it's not rocket science. Caring for your implant as easy as twice a day brushing and once a day flossing. Get your six-month check-ups and professional cleanings at the dental office, too.

Additionally, avoid two detrimental habits:

  1. Bruxism--that is, clenching or grinding your teeth. Ask Dr. Walcott about a bite guard.
  2. Smoking because the toxins in tobacco inflame gum tissue and can cause an implant to fail

Find out more
Looking for your best possible smile? Then, arrange your dental implant consultation with Dr. Brett Walcott or Dr. Wayne Wolcott and get all the details. Call the office at (734) 994-3700.