Benefits of Dental Implants
If you’re missing teeth and don’t like the loose fit of dentures, dental implants may be a great option for you. Implants are the only tooth replacement option that fuses to your jawbone, preventing bone disintegration and protecting you from more tooth loss.
Dental implants look and function like natural teeth, so it’s almost like you never lost a tooth. You’ll be able to smile and eat without restriction.
The Dental Implant Process
The first step to getting a dental implant is to schedule your consultation. At your consultation, we’ll examine your teeth and jaw visually as well as with X-rays. If your jawbone is strong enough to support an implant, you’ll be able to move on to the next step.
If you don’t have enough bone density in your jaw, you might undergo a bone graft. In this procedure, a small piece of bone from another part of your body is grafted onto the area. Over the next couple of months, bone material will grow in that area of your jaw and provide maximum support for your implant.
Placing the fixture is the most important part of the implant. Fixtures act as the root of your new tooth and are usually made of titanium due to its strong bond with bone tissue. The fixture is surgically placed in your jaw and has to be left for a few months to fuse and heal.
Once the fixture has healed, your abutment and crown can be placed. These are the final parts of your implant. The abutment attaches the fixture to the crown. The crown is the only part of the implant anyone will see and will match your natural tooth color.
Who is a Candidate?
If you’re missing teeth, a dental implant can make your smile whole again. When you lose teeth, your jawbone can start to weaken as your bone density thins. Dental implants are the closest tooth replacement option to a natural tooth that keeps your jaw strong.
To receive an implant, you must have healthy gum and jawbone tissue. If your jawbone isn’t strong enough for an implant, supplemental procedures such as bone grafting can help.
If you can’t or don’t want to undergo bone grafting, our office also offers mini dental implants. Mini implants only take one appointment to place and are smaller than full-sized implants.
For more than one missing tooth, you may be a candidate for implant-supported dentures. These are dentures that snap onto fixtures, making them a more stable denture option than using adhesive.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
How much do dental implants cost?
A dental implant usually costs around $1,000 to $3,000 depending on the materials used.
How do you take care of your dental implants after the procedure?
Dental implants don’t require special care in your daily life. Brushing and flossing your teeth every day as well as visiting the dentist every six months can ensure your implants last as long as possible.
Are dental implants safe?
Yes, dental implants are safe. They protect your oral health by making your jaw strong and keep infections from penetrating gaps in your smile.
Does insurance cover my dental implants procedure?
Some dental insurance companies cover part of the cost of implants, but many don’t. Contact your insurance provider to find out if dental implants are part of your coverage.
What do I do in the event of a complication with my dental implants?
If you have an issue with your implants, don’t hesitate to contact our office at (734) 261-6060.
Have questions about dental implants? You’ve come to the right place. Many of our patients want to better understand the dental implant procedure before they commit, which is why we compiled this list of questions.
If you don’t see your questions about dental implant surgery listed here, don’t hesitate to call us. We’d be more than happy to schedule a consultation for you with a dental implant dentist.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root (typically made of titanium) used to anchor a crown. Since the tooth implant is embedded deep in your jawbone, it provides more stability than other tooth replacement options. Your dentist may recommend a tooth implant to fill in a gap in your smile and prevent jawbone deterioration.
What happens during the dental implant process?
Once we determine you’re a candidate for dental implant surgery, we’ll schedule the procedure. During your first visit with us, we’ll cut through the gum tissue to access the underlying jawbone. The tooth implant will then be inserted into the jawbone where it will fuse over the next several months during a process called osseointegration.
After your initial procedure, we’ll monitor your progress to make sure the implant fuses properly to your jawbone. Once osseointegration is complete, we’ll place the crown overtop your dental implant to give you the appearance and function of a natural tooth.
How do I benefit from dental implants?
Aprovides more stability than other tooth replacement options because it’s embedded deep in your jawbone. For this reason, many of our patients report having better confidence while they eat, talk, and smile.
Unlike dentures, dental implants exert enough pressure on your jaw to keep bone tissue healthy. Your body is able to sense missing teeth. When this happens, your body starts to absorb minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere. A tooth implant prevents jawbone deterioration, as well as facial collapse, so you can maintain good oral health and look years younger.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
To be a candidate for the, you’ll need healthy gum and jawbone tissue. However, your dentist may recommend a bone graft if you don’t have sufficient jawbone tissue to support implants.
During your consultation, your dental implant dentist will be able to help you understand your options for replacing missing teeth. We work with patients after tooth loss to help them smile with confidence again.
Can I get more than one tooth implant?
Yes! In fact, many patients benefit greatly from replacing several teeth with dental implants. Unlike conventional dentures, dental implants don’t slip when you talk, eat, and smile. Many of our patients also appreciate that dental implants look and feel like natural teeth.
During your consultation, we can help you understand what to expect from the dental implant process so you can feel prepared. We’re always happy to answer any questions you might have.
Aren’t sure if you’re a candidate for the dental implant procedure? Our dental implant dentists in Westland MI can help you explore your tooth replacement options. To schedule your consultation with the Parkside Dental Team, call (734) 261-6060.
Contact Us for Your New Smile
If you want a tooth replacement option that you won’t have to worry about, dental implants can fill the gaps in your smile and your confidence.
To schedule your dental implant appointment, call (734) 261-6060 to reach our office. You can also fill out our appointment request form and we’ll get back to you right away.