Learn How Dental Implants Can Restore Your Smile

By: Dr. Robert M. Taylor III


The teeth play a pivotal role in many aspects of our lives, from our appearance and confidence to our health and wellness. When the teeth become compromised — whether aesthetically or functionally — the effects can be uncomfortable, disruptive, and discouraging. Fortunately, patients today have more options than ever for restoring a complete, attractive, and healthy smile. One of the most popular and effective restorative dentistry services available at Robert M. Taylor III, DDS in Bay City, MI is implant dentistry. With dental implants and implant-supported restorations, patients can regain a smile they can feel confident about in more ways than one. In this blog, Dr. Robert M. Taylor III provides an overview of how dental implants work to help restore your smile.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a metal post or screw, usually made of titanium, that is surgically embedded into the jawbone. Over the course of several months, the screw fuses with the natural bone material. This provides the exceptional strength and durability needed to support a custom restoration — like dentures, bridges, or crowns — that will be attached to the implanted screw.

Who needs dental implants?

Dental implants and implant-supported restorations are fantastic solutions for patients who have one or more missing teeth due to trauma, injury, and extensive damage or decay. In particular, dental implants are ideal for patients who want a long-lasting (non-removable) restoration that requires little maintenance beyond what is done to care for natural teeth. With implants and implant-supported restorations, patients do not have to worry about removable restorations, like dentures and bridges, becoming loose or falling out.

The hidden benefits of dental implants

In addition to providing support for restorations that give patients the beautiful, functional smile they desire, dental implants act as a replacement for a natural tooth root beneath the gumline. This is critical for stimulating healthy bone material and tissues while preserving the structure of the jaw and face and preventing atrophy.

Can dental implants replace a full arch of teeth?

For patients in need of full-mouth restoration, All-on-4® dental implants offer the advantage of replacing the full upper and lower arches using just four dental implants. Again, this unique approach removes the worry, hassle, maintenance, and restrictions that go along with removable dentures.

Why should I consider dental implants vs. dentures?

For patients who are eligible for dental implants, the benefits of long-term dental implants and implant-supported restorations compared with other treatment options, like removable dentures, include:

  • May last a lifetime
  • Can restore your ability to eat, laugh, and talk confidently
  • No messy adhesives
  • Don’t have to worry about dentures falling out or coming loose
  • No dietary restrictions
  • No need to soak or clean dentures
  • Can be cared for like natural teeth
  • Strong and durable
  • Stain-resistant
  • Can restore a natural-looking, beautiful, healthy smile
  • Helps preserve jaw and facial structures

Smile proudly once again with dental implants in Bay City, MI

If you already have missing teeth or are facing tooth extraction and prefer a more long-term restorative dental treatment compared with removable restorations, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Find out whether dental implants are right for you by calling Robert M. Taylor III, DDS to schedule your consultation and exam with Bay City, MI implant dentist Dr. Robert M. Taylor III today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.