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It’s easy to think that only the people characterized in the movie Deliverance are missing most or all of their teeth. Truth be told, none other than the esteemed American Dental Association says that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. And, wait for it, 35 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. You read that right. Those stats are coming from places you would expect and many places you wouldn’t…like Mount Pleasant. The ADA also expects those numbers to grow as the country ages.

Holy Deliverance 2 casting call! Holy Hee Haw reunion show! Who knew so many people were missing their teeth?

If you’re one of those statistics, you may be thinking you’d just as soon save a few dollars and NOT have that missing tooth replaced. After all, you lost in when your Uncle Frank got a little overzealous in November’s Turkey Bowl. And what’s the big deal, it’s just a missing tooth, right?

Wrong. There are many reasons to replace your missing tooth with Dr. Egger, preferably with the gold standard of tooth replacement, a dental implant.

  1. Appearance — If you’re missing one of your front teeth, come on! Even professional hockey players get their teeth fixed! Last time we checked, GQ isn’t looking for any models missing one of their front teeth.
  2. Eating ability — If you’re missing a tooth, chewing and biting can be an issue. Plus, every time you do bite into something, you’re putting more pressure on the adjacent front teeth to carry the load. That can wear out those teeth more quickly than normal. If you’re missing a molar chewing can be a problem. This can lead to you not eating certain foods, which can lead to gaps in your nutrition.
  3. Movement — Your teeth that live next to your missing tooth now no longer have any pressure from the tooth next to them to stay in place. Without that pressure the adjacent teeth like to slide over into the gap (think crowded bleachers when one person leaves to go get a hot dog). That makes for some lovely alignment issues, which can create bite issues, which can lead to TMJ disorders.
  4. Jawbone ‘b Gone — If you’re missing a tooth or a couple of teeth, you’re also placing a bet on your jawbone, and it’s a losing bet. You see, the teeth take the enormous force generated when biting and chewing and they transfer that energy directly down through the teeth into the jawbone they are anchored in. That energy signals the jawbone to keep producing new bone cells, shedding old ones. That’s what you call regeneration, and that’s what keeps your jawbone healthy and full-sized. When there isn’t any stimulation coming down through that missing tooth, the jawbone beneath it begins to deteriorate. Over time, that deterioration, particularly if you’re missing a couple teeth in one spot, can become dramatic and that area of your face can begin to collapse inward. Don’t believe it? Check out the face of a person missing all of their teeth.
  5. Implants are like teeth, only with a little titanium — A dental implant with its titanium base accepted and integrated into the jawbone behaves exactly like a natural tooth. You can eat whatever you want. Caring for them is no different than your regular teeth. And now you don’t look like you should be playing a banjo on a porch in North Georgia.

Isn’t it time to replace that missing tooth, or to do something about that tooth with the serious decay? Call Dr. Egger at (989) 773-3560 and let’s talk about a dental implant.


We often see patients who are missing a tooth or two. They may have knocked a tooth out during a pond hockey game or during a family “touch” Turkey Bowl game. A tooth could have had excessive decay and there wasn’t any way to save it.

The why doesn’t matter; it’s the why not replace it that matters. Dr. Egger believes dental implants are far and away the best dental prosthetic and he places them all the time in his Mt. Pleasant practice.

It’s just a tooth, right?

People assume that missing a single tooth isn’t any big deal. It’s just a tooth. That’s especially the case with molars. No one can see the gap, so why bother to replace it?

Many reasons actually. Your teeth all stay in place thanks to the pressure placed on them by the teeth next to them. Remove one and the teeth on both sides slide into the gap, kind of how people slide over in the bleacher section at Michigan Stadium when someone gets up to go get a hot dog. This can mess up your alignment and your overall bite. Also, people tend to avoid chewing on the side where they are missing a tooth. This creates more wear on the other side of the mouth, along with other problems. And those are just a couple reasons to replace a missing tooth, which we’ve covered in other blogs.

The best replacement

Now we come to dental implants. If you’re missing a tooth or two, Dr. Egger would like to introduce you to his pal the dental implant. Dental implants get their name from the titanium “implant.” This is a screw-shaped device that screws down into the socket occupied formerly by your natural tooth root. Dr. Egger places the implant and then closes the tiny incision in your gums. Now you wait a few months as your jawbone grows around the implant and makes it a part of your jaw.

When this process called osseointegration is complete, you come back in and Dr. Egger attaches a post to the implant base. You then give it a few weeks for the gums to grow all around the post. For the final step, you return and Dr. Egger attaches the artificial porcelain tooth to the post. Now you have a complete dental implant! It will function just like a natural tooth. It will look just like a natural tooth. Your smile will be complete. You’ll eat normally on both sides again.

And that dental implant will likely last the rest of your life. How cool is that?

So don’t leave that gap in your life. Have that missing tooth replaced with a dental implant at Dr. Egger’s family practice in Mt. Pleasant. He’s been Mt. Pleasant’s most pleasant dentist for approaching 25 years, and he’s placed hundreds of dental implants.

Call us at (989) 773-3560 to make your appointment.


Dental Implants Mount Pleasant, MI

Let the Caribou Migrate, Not Your Teeth

Lots of us lose a tooth. Maybe we took a puck in the kisser during a pond hockey game. Maybe we had a tooth with so much decay it had to be removed. Whatever the reason, 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. And they don’t all play in the NHL!

After a person loses a tooth, they often wait to replace it, especially if the tooth is in an inconspicuous place such as in among the molars. Often that initial delay leads to not ever getting the tooth replaced. After all, it’s just a missing tooth, right? Wrong. Waiting or not having a missing tooth replaced can have serious results.

Dr. Egger likes his patients to know the “why” behind their various dental procedures. Here’s the reason to have a missing tooth replaced with an implant or a bridge.

Migrating teeth

Don’t think that caribou, wildebeasts, or Canadian geese are the only things that migrate. When you leave a gap in your teeth, the teeth on both sides of the gap tend to try to move into the gap to fill it. This happens when they no longer have pressure from the teeth on both sides to stay in place. This makes the teeth misaligned and can create problems with chewing and even speaking. Your bite can become affected, making you avoid certain foods. It can lead to temporomandibular jaw disorder.

Jawbone erosion

Jawbone erosion is another possible consequence of tooth loss. In normal conditions, the biting and chewing pressure produced by a tooth stimulates the underlying jawbone to continue regenerating new bone mass. The absence of this bite force energy when you’re missing a tooth creates a spot in the jaw that doesn’t receive the energy and the jawbone can start to degrade in that spot. As jawbone atrophy progresses, it can affect the appearance as the lower third of the face can collapse inward, a characteristic you’ve seen in older people with tooth loss. Jawbone atrophy will also affect the eventual replacement of the tooth with a dental implant, as the jawbone will need a bone grafting procedure to regain enough mass to support the implant.

Dental implants

A dental implant is the preferred tooth replacement method of Dr. Egger. An implant is basically a titanium screw that is placed into the jawbone in the hole from the former tooth root. The bone is then allowed to grow around the implant. Then a titanium post is attached to the implant and an artificial tooth is attached to the post. The false tooth then feels and functions exactly like the natural tooth that was there before. It stops the adjacent teeth from migrating, and it stimulates the jawbone just like a real tooth. Plus, caring for an implant is no different than caring for a natural tooth.

Now you know why you need to replace that missing tooth. Call Dr. Egger at (989) 773-3560 to schedule your next appointment.


Just the Dental Implant Facts, Ma’am

Dental Implants Mount Pleasant, MIDental implants are the best way to replace a tooth. There’s not even a close second. Kind of like Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky and then everyone else!

Dental implants have really taken off in the past decade, and people think they are a relatively new option for replacing missing teeth. But they really aren’t. Archeological digs have unearthed implanted seashells and ivory in the jawbones of ancient Mayans and Egyptians.

Since Dr. Egger loves dental implants, here’s some information on these prosthetic marvels.

Implant invention

The history of the modern dental implant can be traced back to 1952. Swedish orthopedic surgeon, Per-Ingvar Branemark, was studying bone healing and regeneration. He inserted a titanium screw into a rabbit tibia to mend a break, but found that when he tried to remove the screw later the bone had fully adhered to it and it couldn’t be removed. This is the basis of the modern dental implant, which debuted in 1965 after research.

Fifty years later, implants are now relatively commonplace. That’s because once an implant is in place, it functions, feels, and looks just like one of your natural teeth. Dr. Egger places the titanium implant down into the hole from the former tooth root. The implant is shaped like a screw and is screwed into place. Then the jawbone is given a few months to accept and grow around the implant, making it a part of the jaw. A post is then attached to the implant and a porcelain artificial tooth is attached to the post.

Here are some other facts about dental implants:

  • An estimated 69% of Americans age 35 to 44 have at least one missing tooth.
  • 25% of Americans over age 74 have lost all of their natural teeth.
  • Dental implants are made of titanium that is set into the jawbone where the tooth root was. The jawbone then grows around the implant in a process known as osseointegration.
  • Implants are the only dental restoration that preserves and stimulates the natural bone, as a natural tooth does. This stimulation is responsible for the jawbone continually renewing itself, a process that prevents bone loss.
  • Implants can also be used to anchor partial or complete dentures.
  • Implants now have a 98% success rate.

If you’re missing a tooth, let’s get to work placing a dental implant to replace it. Call Dr. Egger at (989) 773-3560 to make an appointment.


Dental Implants Mount Pleasant, MIThese days if you hear the word “implants” it wouldn’t be surprising if you immediately thought of the Kim Kardashians of the world parading about with a new chest.

Dr. Egger is a fan not of Kim Kardashian, but of implants. OK, not those implants…dental implants. Dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth and are the superior method for replacing a missing tooth or two.

What is a dental implant?

An implant consists of three parts: the implant (basically the root replacement), the abutment (fancy word for the post), and the crown (fancy term for a false tooth). The implant is made of titanium because the jawbone likes titanium. Once the screw-shaped implant is screwed down into the hole where the tooth root formerly resided, the jawbone grows around the implant, making it a part of the bone. After that process has run its course, a post is attached to the implant. Then atop that post, the false tooth is connected.

Why should you choose dental implants?

Implants have more benefits than some cheesy product you can buy on the Home Shopping Network. But the implant benefits are true!

  • Implants behave exactly like normal teeth. You can eat whatever you want, and caring for them is no different than a natural tooth.
  • They return energy to the jaw. When you bite and chew, a tremendous amount of force is generated. This force runs down through the tooth into the jawbone beneath. It is this energy that keeps your jawbone healthy, signaling it to continually replace and build new cells. Implants deliver this energy just like a real tooth. Missing teeth and dentures don’t provide this same energy, so the jawbone beneath them deteriorates.
  • They last a long time. Implants can last for the rest of the patient’s life.
  • They are great anchors. If you’re missing a bunch of teeth, getting individual implants to replace them all may not be practical. So, you may get a bridge or even a partial denture. When we place an implant or a few implants to anchor these appliances, they are sturdy, won’t slip, and are very reliable.
  • Placing an implant keeps the adjacent teeth in line. Like people on the bleachers at a stadium when a person heads to the concession stand, teeth also tend to slide over to fill the gap left by a missing tooth or teeth. Implants keep the pressure on the teeth on each side, so they don’t move.

Implants don’t belong on Instagram; they belong in your mouth. Call Dr. Egger at 989-773-3560 and let’s talk about replacing that missing tooth with an implant.


Dental ImplantsWhen you’re missing a tooth, Dr. Egger believes far and away the best solution to replace it is with a dental implant. Once in place, implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth. They don’t even require any care other than what you do for your natural teeth.

Why should I replace a missing tooth with an implant?

  • They keep the adjacent teeth from sliding over into the gap.
  • They transfer bite force energy down into the jawbone, exactly as a natural tooth does.
  • They function just like natural teeth.
  • They don’t require any special care or attention.
  • Unlike bridges, which need to be anchored by crowns on the teeth abutting the gap, implants do not impinge on the adjacent teeth.
  • They are almost as strong as your natural teeth.
  • The success rate of implants approaches 95%.
  • They can last for decades.

What is the implant procedure?

There are four steps Dr. Egger uses to place a dental implant:

1.Implant placement — First, the patient is anesthetized. Then the jawbone is exposed and the titanium implant is screwed down into the socket that held the former tooth root. If necessary, a small hole may be drilled to facilitate the process.
2.Osseointegration — Now the jawbone needs time to grow around and accept the implant. This process is what makes an implant behave just like a natural tooth; it becomes part of the jaw. Osseointegration takes from three to six months.
3.Placing the post — Once osseointegration is complete, the patient returns to our office and we attach a post, clinically termed an abutment, to the implant. This time we allow the gums to heal around the post for approximately six weeks.
4.Attaching the crown — When the gums have fully healed, we cement the crown (false tooth) to the abutment and the process is complete.

How long do implants last?

The titanium implant will most likely last the remainder of the patient’s life. The crown that is attached to the implant usually has a 15-year lifespan, but good hygiene can extend that. Also, even if the crown needs replacing the implant that is part of the jawbone is still in place, so the process is very easy.

If you’re missing a tooth, call Dr. Egger at 989-773-3560 and let’s talk about a dental implant.


Dental Implants Dental implants have become relatively commonplace and it’s easy to feel as if they’ve been around forever. Actually, implants have been used to replace missing teeth for only around 50 years. Well, that’s the modern version anyway. Dental implants of different forms have been around far longer than that.

Implants have history

Archeological digs have unearthed implanted seashells and ivory in the jawbone of ancient Mayans and Egyptians. While, we love to hit beach and search for seashells, Dr. Egger isn’t a big fan of using them to replace teeth in your mouth! But the idea of replacing a missing tooth something in its place is not new.

When you get to the modern titanium implant, its history can be traced back to 1952. Swedish orthopedic surgeon, Per-Ingvar Branemark, was studying bone healing and regeneration. Seeking to help mend a broken tibia in a rabbit, he inserted a titanium screw to help support the bone, but found that when he tried to remove the screw later the bone had fully grown around it and it couldn’t be removed. A decade of research followed and the modern dental implant debuted in 1965.

The best solution for a missing tooth

Dr. Egger believes dental implants are the best solution to replace a missing tooth, whether it is a tooth that is already gone, or a tooth that is so badly damaged or decayed that it requires extraction.

But we occasionally run into resistance when suggesting an implant to replace a missing tooth. Some people don’t think you need to replace a missing tooth or two. But that’s a bad idea. Why? If you don’t replace a missing tooth the adjacent teeth tend to spread out to fill the gap, kind of like people do in the bleachers at the Michigan/Michigan State football game when one person in the row leaves to go get a hot dog. This tooth migration creates problems with your overall bite and tooth alignment. So, we like our patients to replace that missing tooth with a dental implant.

Here are some other facts about dental implants:

  • 25% of Americans over age 74 have lost all of their natural teeth.
  • An estimated 69% of Americans age 35 to 44 have at least one missing tooth.Dental implants are basically a titanium screw that is set into the hole in the jawbone where the natural tooth root was anchored. The jawbone then grows around the implant in a process known as osseointegration.
  • Once in place, implants function like a natural tooth, transferring the energy from biting and chewing down into the jawbone beneath the artificial tooth. This stimulation is responsible for the jawbone continually renewing itself, a process that prevents bone loss.
  • Implants can also be used to anchor partial or complete dentures.
  • Implants now have a 98% success rate.

If you’re missing a tooth, call Dr. Egger at 989-773-3560 and let’s talk about replacing it with a dental implant.


Dental ImplantsCertain things are meant to roam: goat herders, grizzly bears, Jack Kerouac. But don’t count your teeth among them. Your teeth need to stay put, and that’s why leaving a missing tooth or two missing isn’t the best idea for your dental health.

Maybe you knocked out a tooth during a winter pond hockey game emulating Gordie Howe. Maybe you cracked a tooth eating, had it pulled, and then never replaced it. Maybe a tooth had so much decay that it had to be pulled, and due to the cost you never replaced it.

Well, you’re in good company — 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Holy enamel, Batman!

And what’s the big deal anyway? It’s just a missing tooth, right? Dr. Egger would like you to know that it’s not really just a missing tooth; there’s more to it when it comes to your dental health.

Let the wildebeest migrate, not your teeth
Don’t think that wildebeest are the only things that migrate. When you leave a gap in your teeth, the teeth on both sides of the gap tend to try to move into the gap to fill it. This happens when they no longer have pressure from the teeth on both sides to stay in place. This messes up the alignment of your teeth, your bite, and it could even impact what you are able to eat.

Jawbone erosion
Jawbone erosion is another possible consequence of tooth loss. This is because your teeth play a big part in the health of the jawbone beneath them. In normal conditions, the biting and chewing pressure produced by a tooth stimulates the underlying jawbone to continue regenerating new bone mass. The absence of this bite force energy when you’re missing a tooth creates a spot in the jaw that doesn’t receive the energy and the jawbone can start to degrade in that spot. As jawbone atrophy progresses, it can affect the appearance as the lower third of the face can collapse inward, a characteristic you’ve seen in older people with tooth loss. Jawbone atrophy will also affect the eventual replacement of the tooth with a dental implant, as the jawbone will need a bone grafting procedure to regain enough mass to support the implant.

Dental implants
While you could replace the missing tooth or teeth with a bridge, dental implants are the preferred tooth replacement method of Dr. Egger. An implant is basically a titanium screw that is placed into the jawbone in the hole from the former tooth root. The bone is then allowed to re-grow around the implant. Then a titanium post is attached to the implant and an artificial tooth is attached to the post. The false tooth then feels and functions exactly like the natural tooth that was there before. It stops the adjacent teeth from migrating, and it stimulates the jawbone just like a real tooth. Plus, caring for an implant is no different than caring for a natural tooth.

So, while there are things that should remain missing, i.e. Sasquatch and the Ghost of Blackbeard, you should replace missing teeth. Call Dr. Egger at 989-773-3560 to schedule your appointment.


Dental implants have been around quite awhile, but in the last 15 years they have been getting much greater attention for replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Why? They are the best solution, without exception.

Dr. Egger is a big proponent of implants in lieu of a bridge, which is really the other replacement option.

Why we love implants

Dental Implants• An implant can restore function to a tooth that has so much decay or carries such a large filling that it has become susceptible to breakage.
• An implant totally restores bite function, enabling the patient to eat a normal diet without bite restrictions.
• An implant doesn’t require that the adjacent teeth be shaved down to make room for crowns to hold the bridge.
• Implants keep the adjacent teeth from moving into the space left by the missing tooth or teeth. This keeps your teeth aligned, which helps head off future problems.
• Implants, because they function exactly as a normal tooth does, transfer bite energy downward into the jawbone. This keeps the jawbone healthy and regenerating.
• Implants can last for the rest of the patient’s life, and have a 90 o 95% success rate.

The implant procedure

Here are the steps involved with an implant placement with Dr. Egger.

1. Consultation — A full dental exam is performed, including x-rays and a CT scan. This will tell Dr. Egger if you are a good candidate for an implant. At this time he chooses the size and shape of the implant.
2. Preparation — If a tooth root is still in place, it is removed. The gum is opened slightly to expose the jawbone.
3. Placement — A tiny hole is drilled in your jawbone and the titanium implant is screwed down into place.
4. Healing — This phase lasts from three to six months as the jawbone grows around the new implant and accepts it. This is called osseointegration.
5. Abutment — After osseointegration is complete, a small metal post is attached to the implant and your gum is allowed to heal again.
6. Restoration — A custom fabricated porcelain crown that is indistinguishable from your natural teeth is fitted to the abutment, and your implant placement is complete.

Do you have a missing or badly damaged tooth? Let’s replace it permanently with an implant. Call us at 989-773-3560 to set up an appointment.


Dental ImplantsDental implants aren’t new — they’ve been used for tooth restoration for the past 50 years. But, actually, they’ve been around far longer, maybe just not the titanium variety of modern times!

Archeological digs have unearthed implanted seashells and ivory in the jawbone of ancient Mayans and Egyptians. Who wouldn’t want a cochina shell sitting in there between their natural teeth?

As for the modern implant, its history can be traced back to 1952. Swedish orthopedic surgeon, Per-Ingvar Branemark, was studying bone healing and regeneration. He inserted a titanium screw into a rabbit tibia to mend a break, but found that when he tried to remove the screw later the bone had fully grown around it and it couldn’t be removed. A decade of research followed and the modern dental implant debuted in 1965.

At our Mount Pleasant practice, Dr. Egger believes dental implants are the best solution to replace a missing tooth, whether it is a tooth that is already gone, or a tooth that is so badly damaged or decayed that it requires extraction.

Some people don’t think you need to replace a missing tooth or two. Not so. If you don’t replace a missing tooth the adjacent teeth tend to spread out to fill the gap. This creates problems with your overall bite and tooth alignment.

Here are some other facts about dental implants:

  • 25% of Americans over age 74 have lost all of their natural teeth.
  • An estimated 69% of Americans age 35 to 44 have at least one missing tooth.
  • Dental implants are basically a titanium screw that is set into the hole in the jawbone where the natural tooth root was anchored. The jawbone then grows around the implant in a process known as osseointegration.
  • Once in place, implants function like a natural tooth, transferring the energy from biting and chewing down into the jawbone beneath the artificial tooth. This stimulation is responsible for the jawbone continually renewing itself, a process that prevents bone loss.
  • Implants can also be used to anchor partial or complete dentures.
  • Implants now have a 98% success rate.

If you are missing a tooth, call Dr. Egger at 989-773-3560 and let’s talk about replacing it with a dental implant.