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How Dental Implants Stop Further Tooth Loss

How Dental Implants Stop Further Tooth Loss

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How Dental Implants Stop Further Tooth Loss Dentist Holland

The sooner you’re able to replace missing teeth, the sooner you’ll be able to improve your oral health. The space left by a missing tooth negatively affects your nutrition, surrounding teeth, and jawbone. Dental implants help protect your oral health so you can smile with confidence.

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a dental prosthesis designed to function like a natural tooth root. During the dental implant procedure, the implant will be placed in your jawbone. It’s important to understand that the dental implant process takes several months so the artificial tooth root has time to fuse with your jawbone.

Our dental implant dentist will monitor your progress while you heal to make sure everything goes smoothly. Once the implant has successfully fused to your jawbone, you’ll come back to the dental office to have a permanent crown placed over top. The crown gives you the function and appearance of a healthy tooth.

Support Teeth

Each tooth in your mouth provides support for the teeth around it. However, this means that once you lose a tooth, you also lose support for surrounding teeth. As soon as teeth feel an opening near them, they loosen and tilt toward the empty space. The dental implant procedure stops the rest of your teeth from shifting, preventing further tooth loss. Schedule an appointment with our dental implant dentist today.

It’s hard to brush and floss crooked teeth. That’s why we recommend patients get dental implants before their other teeth start to tilt toward the open space. After losing a tooth, the last thing you want is to lose another tooth to a large cavity. Keeping your teeth in their proper places will make them easier to clean and keep healthy.

Take care of your dental implants and they’ll take care of you!

Prevent Bone Loss

Your body is able to sense when you lose a tooth. Once this happens, your body will start to absorb the minerals in your jaw to use elsewhere. If left untreated, the jaw will deteriorate and eventually collapse in on itself.

Facial collapse can make wearing dentures uncomfortable, which is why we typically recommend dental implants whenever possible. Dental implants stop bone loss by exerting the pressure your jaw needs to stay healthy.

Wearing dentures for years can lead to jawbone deterioration and facial collapse. But dental implants help you look younger by protecting the natural bone structure in your face.

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Whether you need to replace a front tooth or several teeth, dental implants provide a solution for your smile that will last a lifetime. With implants, you can eat the foods you love without worrying about pain and discomfort. Moreover, implants prevent your natural teeth from shifting and your jawbone from deteriorating.

Learn More About Dental Implants

Dr. Brenton Habecker and his team can help restore your smile after tooth loss with dental implants. To request an appointment with our dental implant dentist in Holland, MI, call Macatawa Smiles at (616) 396-7524.

This blog post has been updated.


Dear Patient Family,

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us. Many of you have been forced to wait for dental care and we appreciate your understanding while we kept our office closed to follow orders from the Governor's Office.

We are happy to say that we are opening our office for all patient treatment on June 1st, 2020. Our hours of operation will go back to normal, Monday-Thursday 8am - 5pm. We want you to know that there will be some changes at your next appointment. Please be patient with us as our protocols will inevitably change as new guidelines are released.

  • We ask that you use our parking lot as the waiting room.
  • Please wear a mask when you come into the office and leave it on until entering the treatment room. Homemade is acceptable.
  • Only the person receiving treatment should come in the building, all others will be asked to wait in the car if at all possible. The exception will be for our minor patients who may have one parent accompany them.
  • We will be asking you some questions when you arrive at the office and we will also be taking your temperature.
  • We will not be able to offer magazines, drinks, or toys at this time as they cannot be disinfected to our standards. Eventually this will change and we will be happy to offer our amenities once again.

These changes have been made to adhere to the latest CDC guidelines and for the benefit of our patients and our staff. We want you to know that our office has always taken the safety of our patients very seriously and that we will continue to follow the highest levels of sterilization and disinfection to keep you protected. If you would like more information on what measures we have taken we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

We cannot say how excited we are to see all of our patients again and to provide for their dental needs. We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces soon!

Dr. Habecker and Team