About Dental Implants

Dental implant therapy has been one of the most significant advances in dentistry in the past 25 years. Tens of thousands of grateful patients bear witness to the benefits derived from the opportunity to obtain a replacement for lost teeth that restores their smiles and confidence. Several different types of implants and restorations are available. The choice depends upon the amount of bone available, the patient’s general health and restoration preference.

With nearly 40 million Americans having lost some or all of their teeth, dental implants are a popular option for replacing those lost teeth. Implants are comfortable, attractive and will help you regain confidence in your smile. They are an alternative to bridges, partials or dentures. Implants can look and feel like natural teeth. An implant simply is a metallic titanium object that is inserted into your jawbone to act like a natural tooth-root. Titanium isn’t recognized by the body’s immune system, so it is not rejected as an implant. It integrates with the jawbone to give a firm support to the artificial replacement that it will support.

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Dental Implants Procedure

Dental implants are one of the fastest-growing dental procedures in the country. More than three million Americans have dental implants, and every year another 500,000 people undergo this fast, painless procedure – including hundreds of Farmington Hills and Troy patients at Perfecting Your Smile – Dr. Pete.

Why Choose Dental Implants?

With periodontal disease increasing among the elderly population, it’s estimated that two out of every three people will at some point deal with a missing tooth, or missing teeth. Many adults in the latter category have turned to bridges as a solution, but these require the grinding down of healthy teeth. Plus, most bridges fail after 5 – 10 years, and it’s hard to clean the teeth in the vicinity. Dentures were once a common remedy, but often times they don’t fit right, making it difficult for the wearer to eat and talk properly.

On the other hand, dental implants have a few big advantages. For example, they function just like natural teeth, don’t decay, and preserve the bone comprising the jaw. Every day, it becomes clearer that dental implants are a superior treatment alternative over bridges and dentures. 

What Exactly Is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root (usually a titanium screw) that a dentist inserts into a patient’s jaw in order to replace a missing tooth. A prosthetic tooth (aka “crown”) that looks and functions just like a real tooth is attached to the screw. Over time, the screw and the crown naturally fuse with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration.

How Does a Typical Dental Implant Procedure Work?

If you live in Birmingham or Bingham Farms and are considering dental implants or mini dental implants in Michigan, no doubt you’d like to know how the procedure unfolds. Once the decision is made that you’ll benefit from a dental implant, it’s important to schedule the procedure for as soon as possible. When a tooth is missing, it doesn’t take long for bone loss to occur. Plus, the site is far more susceptible to infection and/or injury.  

During the initial visit, our dentist will do a CT scan of your mouth and discuss his thoughts with you regarding the need for dental implants. If you agree to move forward, the next step is a pre-procedure exam. During this visit, the dentist uses cutting-edge surgical planning software to create a 3D map of your mouth. This helps him to plan the procedure in advance, and address any potential problems. The dentist also uses this 3D image to assess bone structure and nerve locations, and mold your replacement tooth/teeth.

The dental implant procedure itself is the third step, and you’ll return home with dental crowns that look and feel real. These crowns are temporary, and are used to support the implants while your mouth heals and adjusts. Over the weeks to follow, you’ll have a few post-procedure checkups so the dentist can monitor the healing process. And once the healing is complete and the implants have stabilized, a new permanent crown will replace the temporary one.

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At Perfecting Your Smile – Dr. Pete, a dental implants procedure takes between three months and one year, depending on your specific needs. Rest assured our experienced team will personalize an effective solution that restores your mouth to full health and brightens your smile in no time.

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Mini Implants

The computer and medical worlds are both working hard to develop smaller and smaller components. In similar fashion, a smaller version of the dental implant has been successfully utilized in selected cases. These mini implants (1.8 mm diameter) enable your dentist to broaden the spectrum of patients that can be treated. The Sendax MDI system was developed in order to provide greater denture stability for those who cannot withstand the rigors of conventional implant surgery, do not have enough bone to allow for full-sized implants to be placed, or are in on-going therapy from one prosthetic system to another.

What Are Mini Implants?

The Mini System consists of a miniature titanium implant that acts like the root of your tooth and a retaining fixture that is incorporated into the base of your denture. The head of the implant is shaped like a ball, and the retaining fixture acts like a socket that contains a rubber O-ring. The O-ring snaps over the ball when the denture is seated and holds the denture at a predetermined level of force. When seated, the denture gently rests on the gum tissue. The implant fixtures allow for micro-mobility while withstanding natural lifting forces.

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