A confident smile can make all the difference for your self-esteem, your social life, and your career, but it can be hard to maintain that confidence when you feel self-conscious about missing teeth. Of all forms of tooth replacement, dental implants come the closest to being like having your natural teeth again so that you can eat what you want and speak comfortably in front of others. If you’re looking for a specialist who can place and restore an implant all under one roof, call Healthy Smiles Dental Care today to learn more about tooth replacement using dental implants in Lansing, MI.
A dental implant is a small post used to support a dental restoration by acting as a new tooth root. Normally made out of titanium, it will be surgically placed in your jawbone, where it will be hidden beneath the gum line. It can take weeks or months for an implant to fully join with the mouth, and once it does it can provide firm support for artificial teeth in the form of a crown, bridges, or even dentures.
We can consider implants if you are already missing one or more teeth, or we might recommend them to quickly fill a gap left by an extraction. Your gums should be healthy, and your jawbone must be fully developed and still have the bone density to join with and support the posts. There are procedures (such as bone grafting) that can help prepare your mouth for implants if necessary. The procedure itself will vary depending on your needs.
No matter which tooth has been lost, we can replace it with a dental implant and a crown. This is generally a good alternative to using a traditional bridge, which would require us to remove small amounts of enamel from your teeth; using an implant instead lets you preserve the natural dental structures.
Of course, bridges don’t necessarily have to be anchored to real teeth. If you’ve lost multiple teeth in a row, you can replace them all at once with an implant bridge. The two crowns that help make up the bridge will sit on the posts and hold the rest of the prosthetic teeth between them.
We won’t need to place a separate implant post for every tooth in the arch; usually about 4 to 8 is enough to support full dentures and keep the jaw healthy. Some implant dentures are removable, but generally speaking they’ll be fixed in place. This makes taking care of them much simpler since you can just brush like you normally would.
Under normal circumstances, you might have to wait months after receiving dental implants to have them restored. The All-on-4 procedure (sometimes called Teeth-in-a-Day) can eliminate that wait! The implants are placed in the jaw at particular angles in a way that often allows them to support temporary dentures on the same day.
Simply using smaller dental implants can often make a large difference! The smaller posts can be placed without complex surgery, and they can potentially reduce healing time from a matter of months to days. They’re often a great option for patients that don’t want to pay for bone grafts, and the procedure generally causes less discomfort. In many cases, the implants can be placed and restored in a single day while still allowing you to eat normally. Make sure to ask about mini dental implants during your initial consultation.
Before we can give you an accurate estimate of how much you’ll end up paying for implants, we need to consider: