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Maria Hoekstra, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.
Jacqueline Anderson, D.D.S.
Thomas E. Anderson, D.D.S.

616-399-9520

Our Office Hours are:

Monday: 8am-5pm
Tuesday: 8am-5pm
Wednesday: 8am-5pm
Thursday: 8am-5pm
Friday: 7am-1pm

Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root (titanium post) that is placed intoyour jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an idealoption for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or non-restorable decay (a large cavity).

While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.

Dental implants are so natural looking and feeling; you may forget you ever lost a tooth! Your smile and teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don't feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own! Under proper conditions, such as placement by our dentists and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Long-term studies have proven over 98% success rates for implants. Like natural teeth, brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly are essential to the success of dental implants. We will provide long-term maintenance of your implants.

What can dental implants do?

  • Replace one or more teeth without affecting bordering teeth.
  • Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.
  • Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable

Advantages of dental implants over dentures or a bridge:

Every way you look at it, dental implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth.

  • Esthetic:
    • Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.
  • Tooth Saving:
    • Dental implants don't sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!
  • Confidence:
    • Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence! They are secure and offer freedom from the bothersome clicks and wobbles of dentures. They'll allow you to say goodbye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues.
  • Reliable:
    • The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.

The first step in getting a dental implant is to see one of our local Oral Surgeons at West Michigan Oral Surgery. They determine if you have enough bone in the area to support an implant. We work directly with them to get the best fitting and looking implant possible.