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The importance of replacing missing teeth can’t be overstated. A complete smile has a number of distinct advantages over one that is missing one or more teeth. A When you have a full set of teeth, you are more comfortable in social and professional situations, and won’t try to hide your teeth when you laugh or smile. Your teeth enable you to chew your food properly and speak clearly. They also prevent extra plaque and bacteria from accumulating in your mouth and keep your smile in proper alignment.

If you are short a few teeth in your smile, you may want to talk to our dentist, Dr. John P. Blake about getting dental implants. Dental implants are placed directly into your jaw bone, and as your jaw grows around it, the implant becomes secure, and your jaw becomes stronger. Implants are permanent tooth replacements and can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth.

Most people are perfect candidates for dental implants. However, you need healthy gums and enough jaw bone to be successful. In some cases, a gum or bone graft may be necessary before you can have your implant placed. If you are pregnant, or your jaws have not stopped growing, you may need to wait to have implants. If you live with diabetes, hemophilia or an immune system disorder, implants may not work for you. However, one of the biggest factors in the success of your implant is your level of commitment. You need to be willing to follow your dentist’s instructions for aftercare and follow-up visits and to maintain good brushing and flossing habits. You also need to be ready to quit using tobacco or recreational drugs. If dental implants are not a suitable replacement for you, don’t worry. You can also talk to the dentist about a crown or dentures to fill out your smile.

If you would like to find out more about dental implants in Lake Orion, Michigan, we would be happy to see you at John Blake, DDS, PC for a consultation. Call 248.693.5800 today to schedule an appointment.