A dental implant is a titanium-based fixture used in dentistry to restore a site previously occupied by a tooth. Today, dental implants are considered the standard of care to replace missing teeth, with success rates in healthy patients of over 98%.
Dental implants function just like natural teeth, making them a terrific option to replace one or more missing teeth. From the day a tooth is lost, the surrounding gums and bone begin to shrink.
Thus, the longer you wait to have your dental implant placed, the more tissue is lost and the greater the chance that the implant site may need to be rebuilt prior to implant placement. We are here to guide you through options to replace your missing tooth (or teeth). Every individual, and every tooth, is different, so at your initial consultation appointment with our team, we will provide you with a personalized treatment plan catered to your address each of your concerns and aimed to help you improve your aesthetics and chewing function for a lifetime.
If you do not have enough bone or gum tissue to support a dental implant, don’t worry. Today there are many different techniques to regrow your lost gum and bone tissue, all of which will be discussed at your initial consultation visit with our experts.
We are here for you every step of the way.
Step one is a comprehensive consultation with one of our expert dentists. Required diagnostic x-rays will be taken and before you leave the office our team will provide you with a detailed treatment plan including timing and cost of procedures. Oftentimes a 3D scan is needed to allow our surgeon to evaluate the exact site where implant placement is being consider, ensuring their is enough bone and no troublesome anatomy in the area and allowing him/her to digitally plan your surgery before it is even scheduled.
At this appointment, your implant will be placed by one of our expert surgeons. Dental implants require a healing period before the final crown can be delivered. Everyone heals at different speeds and depending on the quality and quantity of the bone your dental implant was placed in, this period can range from two to six months.
If necessary, at this brief appointment, a small incision is made to expose the top of your implant, allowing your doctor to place a healing abutment, which allows your gums to heal and prepare for placement of your new crown. (In certain cases stage II surgery can be avoided – this will be discussed at your initial consultation appointment). After placement, the implant was covered to heal underneath the gums. At stage II surgery, a small incision was made and a healing cap was placed to allow the gum tissue to be molded in preparation for the new crown.
To make your new crown, an impressions of your implant and surrounding gums are necessary after the implant is fully healed. At whole dental wellness, we capture this information digitally – you will be amazed at how fast, comfortable, and cool this process is. Typically these can be taken 2-3 weeks after the healing abutment is placed.
Your implant supported crown is placed 2-3 weeks after we take a digital impression of the site. Now you should be smiling and chewing just like when you had your natural tooth! Therefore, you can see that typically, it takes 4-6 months from initiation of treatment to the day your implant-supported crown is delivered. *In more complex cases, more appointments will likely be needed but this will all be discussed at your initial consultation with our implant team.
While they look and feel like natural teeth, implants form very different connections to your gums and bone, necessitating different hygiene techniques and care. Understanding these differences is essential to properly maintaining oral health.
At whole dental wellness, every member of of our hygiene team is highly trained in the latest techniques to clean and maintain your dental implant. Should a problem arise around your implant, our hygiene team will diagnose and treat it as quickly and conservatively as possible and alert our periodontist if further care is needed. Early detection of inflammation is key and we believe prevention is the cure. We are here for you every step of the way. At Whole Dental Wellness, we believe maintenance is the key to the long-term success and health of your dental implant. We are committed to working with you to ensure that your implant and the surrounding gum and bone tissue stay as healthy as they were the day your implant was placed. We will evaluate the health of your implant at every routine hygiene visit and take an x-ray at least once a year to evaluate the bone level surrounding your implant and make sure nothing is changing under the surface.
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21055 12 Mile Road, Roseville MI 48066