Dental Implants Near You: What You Need to Know
Dental implants are a popular solution for achieving a natural-looking smile after losing a tooth or multiple teeth. But many patients are hesitant to get dental implants because they are unsure what the procedure entails, or worried about the cost of dental surgery. Others may have recognized that dental implants are the best solution, but are still searching for the right dentist who can give them the results they desire.
At DGY Dentistry Ann Arbor, our dentists are highly trained and experienced in the surgical, restorative, and prosthodontic (dental prosthetic) aspects of implant dentistry. Having one doctor to manage treatment is ideal, and in most cases we can seamlessly provide every aspect of the dental implant process, from tooth extraction to gum shaping and the final implant placement. This helps set the stage for stable, attractive, long-term results.
Here’s what you need to know about getting dental implants in Michigan.
What are dental implants?
The Mayo Clinic defines dental implant surgery as “a procedure that replaces tooth roots with metal, screw-like posts and replaces damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function much like real ones.”
Dental implants are a possible solution when there is a missing tooth or teeth that needs to be replaced. This tooth loss can be caused by advanced gum disease, impact to the tooth, or a failed root canal. Some patients may also consider modifying their existing dental implants if they were unhappy with the results of a previous dental implant surgery.
In some situations, dental implants can be used as an alternative to a bridge or dentures. A consultation with a dentist will help you understand which solution will work best for you.
Do dental implants look natural?
Yes. Dental implants are designed to look like natural teeth. At DGY Dentistry, we use porcelain crowns to achieve the most natural-looking smile possible.
Single vs multiple dental implants
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. If replacing one tooth, a single dental implant is used to fill in the gap. Multiple dental implants, on the other hand, are attached to a bridge and used to support a new, entire arch of teeth. A great deal of attention is given to making them fit nicely and naturally around the gums.
What happens during a dental implant procedure?
The dental implant procedure is actually a multi-step process that is done over time:
1. Bone Grafting
If your teeth have been missing for a while or you are going to lose a tooth, the first step in the dental implant procedure may be bone grafting. Dental implants need enough bone height and width to be properly supported, so bone that has gotten too short and thin will need to be built-up again.
At DGY Dentistry, we have a variety of highly purified bone grafting options. These materials have been tested and safely used many times, and creates a framework for your own bone cells to develop in and grow new bone.
2. Surgical Placement
Once your dentist has confirmed the jawbone is strong enough to support a dental implant, they will move forward with placing it. This is done by precision planning under the guidance of a 3-dimensional CBCT scan for placement of a titanium implant post, which will act as the root for your artificial tooth.
An abutment — which will connect the new tooth to the dental implant — is also installed.
The implant is left to heal and integrate with the jawbone, which typically takes on average 4 months.
3. Uncovering the Abutment & Tooth Fabrication
The next step in dental implant surgery is the uncovering of the abutment so a mold for the new tooth can be made. At DGY Dentistry Ann Arbor, we use porcelain crowns to achieve a beautiful and natural-looking smile.
4. Cementation of New Tooth
After the mold of the space is taken, a highly refined, local lab fabricated porcelain crown is cemented to the abutment and the dental implant process is complete.
After this final dental implant procedure, we typically recommend that patients come in every 3-6 months so we can quickly intervene if an issue arises. Once the mouth has healed, the patient can expect to have a beautiful, gap-free smile.
How long does a dental implant procedure take?
- The surgical placement of a single implant in a sterile clean environment takes approximately 90 minutes.
- After a 4-6 month healing process, the uncovering and fabrication of the abutment and crown is done. This appointment lasts roughly 60 minutes.
- Four weeks later, the new tooth and crown will be cemented in the final appointment.
How do you care for dental implants?
There is usually little to no discomfort following an implant placement. Some patients report slight bruising or pain, with it typically resolving in one or two days. The Mayo Clinic recommends eating soft foods and contacting your dentist if symptoms such as swelling, bruising, and pain at the implant site get worse in the days after surgery.
Proper care for your implants is important. You will want to care for your dental implants like your other teeth by following best practices for oral hygiene. Being seen on a tighter maintenance schedule (3-4 month interval) is recommended.
How long do dental implants last?
Implant restorations typically last decades if properly cared for. This is why we recommend seeing patients every 3-6 months so we can intervene quickly if an issue arises.
People with compromised bone, gum health, vitamin D deficiency and heavy smoking are at most risk of having a shortened implant life. All risk factors will be evaluated and discussed so you are able to make an informed decision.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implants are considered safe, and have a success rate of up to 98%. However, like all surgeries, there are some risks associated with dental implants. Injury, infection, or gum disease can all cause a dental implant to fail.
To minimize your risk, follow your dentist’s instruction for post-op care, and practice good oral hygiene, including routine cleanings.
How much do dental implants cost?
Dental implants are an investment that one should not take lightly. An individual implant and tooth replacement in Michigan should run around $4000-$5000, although this is a general estimate.
The costs of dental implants can vary significantly based on:
- the quality of materials used
- implant brand
- technology available for safe planning and placement
- surgeon experience
- lab used to fabricate your porcelain tooth
Does dental insurance cover implants?
Some insurances are helpful with coverage, but there are still some that do not cover dental implants at all. Our office administrator will outline the cost of the procedure in detail and any coverage your insurance may provide to avoid surprises.
At DGY Dentistry Ann Arbor, we give our patients clear financial information so they can make informed decisions about their treatment.
How to Find the Best Dental Implants Near You
Of greatest importance, the outcome will be dependent on the experience of your dentist. Look for a dentist who understands the different stages of the dental implant process and can shape the gums effectively.
Ask about their experience with both surgical and cosmetic dental procedures — you want to be sure that your dental implant(s) are not only functional, but also look attractive as part of your smile.
Dental Implants in Ann Arbor, Michigan
DGY Dentistry Ann Arbor dentists are highly experienced in all aspects of implant dentistry. We can seamlessly provide every aspect of the dental implant process, leading to more stable, long-term results. The combination of expertise and creative vision — along with meticulous attention to detail — gives our patients stunning, natural-looking smiles. Your comfort, safety, and trust are our top priorities, with sedation dentistry available for those who experience dental anxiety.
Our dental practice is conveniently located in Ann Arbor, with easy access to surrounding Washtenaw County and the larger Southeast Michigan area.
To get started with dental implants in Michigan, contact us today.