Allen Park Dental Implants - Allen Park, MI - Implant Dentistry
Dental Implants are small titanium "fixtures" that take the place of the natural root of the tooth and are gently implanted into the bone, using local anesthesia, these very tiny titanium roots actually bond or integrate with a patient's bone, more securely than natural root would. Often an osseointegrated dental implant placed by your dentist is more stable than a natural tooth's root. Upon these implants, we can build permanent teeth, custom designed and shaded to aesthetically suit each patient's distinctive facial requirements.
Missing teeth have unique demands. The challenge is to replace your missing teeth with appearance and function, without harming your remaining teeth or gum tissue. Below are some common questions & answers about dental implants, please feel free to contact us to learn more about a dental implant consultation or take the time to request an appointment online.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.
Why dental implants?
There are a number of reasons why you should consider a dental implant: Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. This shrinkage will make your face look older than it is. There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. Normally, it will serve its owner for life, although there is about a 4% failure rate.
How much do dental implants cost?
We can't really tell you until we see you, BUT IF YOU CLICK on an illustration to the right, you'll get a food "ballpark" number. The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants depends on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required to support your replacement teeth. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to have a doctor examine your mouth. After a thorough diagnostic examination, your dentist will recommend the treatment that is best for you.
Who is a Candidate?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The determining factor is the amount of available bone. Your dentist is the best person to evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you.
Is old age a problem?
Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. Health is more of a determining factor than age, If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate dental implant treatment. Your dentist will determine if your a candidate for dental implants after careful evaluation of your dental & health history.
What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or a dental bridge?
Improved appearance: When you lose the entire tooth, shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or dental bridge doesn't stop this process.
Preserve natural teeth: With traditional dental bridges, teeth adjacent to missing teeth are normally re-shaped with the dental drill to be used as anchors for a dental bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to drill/re-shape healthy teeth.
Permanent solution: There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is need after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life, although there is about a 4% failure rate. Of course, the artificial teeth built on the implant can require repair/replacement over time.
How will dental implants affect my life?
Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.
Will my new teeth look natural?
When dental implants are used in combination with modern restorative dentistry, their appearance, comfort and function are very likely to exceed your expectations. Often they are hard to tell apart from your natural teeth.
Will I be able to chew with the same force and pressure I use with my natural teeth?
Yes. Following a brief adaptation period, chewing capacity is comparable to that of natural teeth.
How much time is required for a dental implant placement?
Today, state-of-the-art guided surgical techniques are convenient alternatives to place dental implants and allow you to have the dental implant placed using keyhole surgery. This new method has significantly simplified the procedure, for both patients and dentists. The major advantage of the guided surgical technique is the minimal amount of manipulation of the soft tissue due to keyhole surgery. However, this technique adds quite a bit to the cost, so we typically don't do it unless you ask for it or unless it's deemed necessary for other reasons.
The technique we typically use requires incisions, rather than keyholes.
After the implants are placed, they are given three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. During the three to six month healing period, your are given some sort of temporary teeth if needed. After the three to six month integration phase is over, construction of your permanent teeth begins.
Is the treatment painful?
With any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Placing one implant normally causes less discomfort then placing several. Anesthesia and patient sedation are commonly administered to help reduce any discomfort during the dental implant process. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. Your doctor will prescribe medications to ease any discomfort that may occur.
How will I feel after the treatment?
It is normal to have some bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissues. But usually the discomfort, if any, is treated with an ordinary painkiller. You should expect to be able to work the next day.
How will I care for my dental implants?
Your new teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. Care instructions specific for the implant treatment you received will be given to you and will include any or all of the following: water pik-type device, flossing, brushing, professional cleaning at our office. You will be required to see us for regular follow up, even if you have no "real teeth" remaining after your treatment.
Allen Park Family Dental
Michael J. Passera, DDS
6760 Allen Road, Suite 201
Allen Park, MI 48101
Allen Park Dental Implants - Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.