Embarrassed by your smile due to tooth loss or decay? Treatment options used to only be fixed by outdated solutions such as dentures or bridges, but thankfully dental implants are an amazing and convenient option. With Dental implants you can get that smile you’ve always wanted!

You might be a good candidate for dental implants if you use dentures, have unrepairable tooth decay or loss, or just want a better smile!

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are inserted via surgery by your dentist, tooth roots are replaced by a foundation that is either temporary or permanent and are created to look similar to your natural teeth in color.

The root implant is made of titanium and is carefully placed into the missing tooth’s bone socket. This post is anchored into the jawbone and can take up to 6-12 weeks until the jawbone fully grows around the post.

When the post has fully fused with the jawbone then a connector post (abutment) is used to tightly hold together the new tooth to the metal post. Your dentist will then make an impression of your teeth to capture a model of your bite and arrangement. This helps the dentist create a tooth that will fit naturally in with the existing teeth. Once the new tooth, called a crown, is created it is then connected to the abutment.

Advantages of dental implants

Dental implants are ideal because they are designed to resemble and function just like natural teeth would. They improve the appearance of your smile- causing a boost in self-esteem! They also can eliminate discomfort that you might be getting with dentures or from your natural teeth. Dental implants might even improve your speech! Especially if your pre-existing teeth or dentures were causing speech impediments such as slurring or mumbling.

Dentures can make chewing and biting difficult, but since dental implants are made to be like natural teeth- eating is easy and pain-free. Dental implants are convenient too! Unlike dentures, you don’t have to remove or insert them or deal with sticky adhesives. They are reliable and durable, eliminating embarrassment.


Things to consider however, most dental insurances don’t cover dental implants, it depends on the cause of tooth loss and your insurance plan. It most likely is seen as cosmetic and will be paid of out pocket. However, your questions related to coverage can be answered by your dentist and insurance provider.

Getting the smile you’ve always dreamed of is easy! Consider getting dental implants and feel confident and at ease. Ask your dentist if dental implants are right for you today as well as other options such as dental veneers, invisible braces, and teeth whitening.

Our Walled Lake Dental Office has had many years of success and experience in restoring and improving smiles. Dr. Hechtman begins with a Free dental evaluation and goes over your options so that you make the best choice possible for your oral health and smile.

Dental implants are positively changing the way people live and are the best restorative solution to ensure long-term dental health. We are a full-service dentistry office that offer the latest technology in modern dentistry, including a comprehensive list of general, restorative and cosmetic dental care services to meet the needs of your entire family. Call today for an appointment!