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Dental Implants – Lansing, MI

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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.

Why Choose Healthy Smiles Dental Care for Dental Implants?

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What is a Dental Implant?

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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.

The 4 Step Dental Implant Process

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Unlike traditional dentures and bridges, dental implants require a unique process that spans several months. This may seem like a while, however the amazing benefits of these tooth replacements make them well worth the time and money. We proudly offer the entire procedure in-house, giving you the convenience of surgery and restoration in the same familiar location. Every patient’s treatment is different, but there are 4 main steps you can expect when getting implants: consultation, surgery, osseointegration, and final restoration. Read on to learn how dental implants work in Lansing!

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

During your consultation, one of our experts will carefully review your medical history and examine your mouth. If necessary, we will recommend preliminary treatments like gum disease therapy, bone grafting, or tooth extractions to ensure the success of your dental implants. It’s important to address issues before starting dental implants because infection and lack of jawbone strength can lead to implant failure. From there, we will create a custom treatment plan that includes important information like the estimated timeline and cost of your implants. 

Dental Implant Surgery

One of the advantages of visiting Healthy Smiles Dental is that we don’t have to refer out to a specialist for implant surgery. This gives you more convenience, compact fees, and a consistent treatment. Plus, it’s always nice to see the same dentist and staff to give yourself peace of mind. For your surgery, we will numb the affected area and potentially use sedation. By making an incision on the gums, we can access the bone a create a tiny hole for the placement of your implant. Next, we’ll close up of the gums and place a protective cap on top of the implant.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment Placement

Once your implant is placed, you will begin a healing process called osseointegration. Implants are made of biocompatible materials that allow them to fuse to the jawbone, becoming a permanent part of the body. This osseointegration process usually takes between 3 to 4 months. Toward the end of this healing period, you’ll have a minor procedure where we will place abutments on top of the implant. These are small connectors that allow for the placement of your final restoration. Once abutments are in place, we’ll take impressions to create your custom crown, bridge, or denture.

Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations

Lastly, you’ll return to our office for one final visit. We will place your permanent restoration, which is made of high-quality materials and designed to fit seamlessly into your mouth. Your restoration will directly depend on the number of teeth that you’re missing. Once placed, we will ensure that you have a natural, comfortable bite. Next, all that’s left to do is to walk out of our office with a strong, healthy, beautiful, and complete set of teeth!

Benefits of Dental Implants

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More than three million Americans currently have dental implants, and another half a million are being placed each year. What is behind their meteoric rise in popularity? It’s most likely because dental implants in Lansing can do something that no other restorative dental treatment can – rebuild the entire tooth structure from the root up through the crown. Here are just a few of the advantages that dental implants have over traditional tooth replacements.  

What Makes Dental Implants the Best Solution

There are many reasons why dental implants are usually our first recommendation for patients who are missing teeth. For example, dental implants can:

  • Last for several decades – Once dental implants are placed, they begin the process of fusing to the surrounding jawbone (osseointegration). Essentially, they become a part of your anatomy. This allows them to potentially last a lifetime with the right care.
  • Stimulate the jawbone – After you lose a tooth, the area of the jawbone that it used to support begins to lose density. Eventually, this may cause your face to take on a wrinkled, sunken appearance that ages you prematurely. Dental implants stimulate the jawbone like real teeth, keeping it strong enough to preserve your youthful glow.
  • Stabilize adjacent teeth – When a gap is created by a missing tooth, the neighboring teeth naturally shift in an attempt to fill the empty space. This may lead to problems like crooked teeth, TMJ disorder, chronic pain, and difficulty chewing. Dental implants prevent these issues by perfectly filling in the gap.

Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Dentures are a tried-and-true tooth loss solution that has reconstructed countless smiles over the years. However, dental implants are the more modern, ideal solution because they allow you to:

  • Avoid messy adhesives – Implant restorations are secured onto posts in your jaw, letting you skip the adhesives. Instead, you can rest easy knowing your replacement teeth will never feel loose, slip around, or fall out.
  • Eat whatever you want – Traditional dentures only renew about 25% of the biting force you had before tooth loss. In contrast, dental implants restore 70% or more, enabling you to eat all of your favorite chewy, crunchy, and hearty foods with ease.
  • Drink your favorite beverages – Dentures tend to warp when exposed to hot drinks, but implant-supported teeth will maintain their shape. You’ll be able to enjoy coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and more to your heart’s content.
  • Enjoy easy maintenance – You won’t have to learn a whole new oral hygiene routine or purchase new cleaning products. Keeping your implants in good shape is often as simple as regular brushing, flossing, and checkups with your implant dentist in Lansing.

Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges

If you’re only missing a small number of consecutive teeth, you might be considering a dental bridge. That said, we encourage you to consider the benefits of dental implants in Lansing over traditional bridges, such as:

  • Cost-effective solution – While bridges cost less than implants, they have a typical lifespan of five to ten years. Over time, you’d end up having to pay more to replace your bridge than you would have initially by investing in dental implants.
  • Preservation of remaining teeth – Bridges traditionally require the adjacent teeth to be filed down to hold the prosthetic in place, which can cause sensitivity in those teeth. Dental implants are completely self-supporting, so you can retain more of your natural tooth structure.

Indications of Dental Implants

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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.

Missing One Tooth

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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.

Missing Multiple Teeth

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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.

Missing All of Your Teeth

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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.

Cost of Dental Implants

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Before we can give you an accurate estimate of how much you’ll end up paying for implants, we need to consider:

Dental Implant FAQs

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Choosing the best way to replace your missing teeth is a big decision, so it’s only natural for you to have a few questions that need answers before you’re ready to commit to a treatment plan. That’s why we encourage you to visit us for a consultation! We’ll be happy to give you all the details of what your unique journey towards a complete smile with dental implants would look like. In the meantime, we’ve gathered some of the most common questions we get below so you can learn more about them. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

When placed by a specialist like our own Dr. Hana Gadalla, dental implants boast an incredible success rate of over 95%, even 10 years after placement! Dental implants are designed to last at least 30 years, but most patients can easily expect to enjoy their newly rebuilt smile for a lifetime. Of course, how long your dental implants last will depend on how well you take care of them, so make sure to practice good oral hygiene and break bad habits like smoking and chewing on hard objects.

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

At first, hearing that you need minor surgery to have dental implants placplacedement may sound a little daunting. However, we want to assure you that you have nothing to fear! Our team of highly experienced dentists is dedicated to your comfort. We’ll use safe and reliable numbing medication in your mouth and are happy to provide sedation options as well. Most patients are pleased to find that the dental implant surgery itself isn’t painful at all! It’s natural to experience some soreness as you heal afterwards, but that should fade away on its own in a week or so.

Can Dental Implants Fail?

While they boast an amazing success rate, dental implants can fail. They can be broken or knocked loose by an accident, blow to the face, or by biting down on something hard. Additionally, poor oral hygiene can interfere with the initial healing process or loosen it via an infection called peri-implantitis. If your dental implant ever feels sore or loose, call us immediately. We’ll take a close look at it to learn more about your situation and what to do next to protect your smile.

Am I Too Old or Young to Get Dental Implants?

Dental implants are not a good choice for children and teens since their jawbones are still growing. Typically, you’ll need to be at least 18 years old to be a good candidate for dental implants. On the other side of the spectrum however, there is no upper age limit! Patients who are 90 years old and older have successfully replaced their missing teeth with dental implants. As long as you are healthy and have a strong jawbone, you will likely be able to get dental implants.

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