Dental Implants

Dental implants are perhaps the best solution to single or multiple missing teeth, and the American Dental Association has reported over 95% of implant cases to be successful. Dental implants offer a longer-lasting solution to the strength, functionalist, and overall aesthetic appearance of your teeth. Dental implants also help preserve tooth-preserving bone that naturally deteriorated when tooth material is lost, which is a common occurrence when teeth are missing.

Dental Implants in Dearborn Heights, MI

The implant process works replacing the root of the tooth with a small titanium post. In most cases, this procedure requires only local anesthesia. Once the area surrounding the root has healed, a custom-made crown is placed on top of the implant

A dental implant most often takes the form of a small, screw-shaped titanium post that replaces the root-part of a missing tooth. The surgical procedure used to place an implant is actually quite minor and routine, requiring only local anesthesia in most cases. After a healing period, the implant is topped with a lifelike crown custom-made to match your existing natural teeth. As stated above, implant cases have been reported to have an over 95% success rate, making it an optimal solution for missing teeth.

How Implants Are Placed
With a minimally invasive procedure, the implant in placed directly into the jawbone where the missing tooth used to be. After healing for several months, during which type the implant fuses to the jawbone, a crown is finally attached, leaving a strong, natural-looking tooth.

Tooth Replacement Options Using Dental Implants
Dental implants can play a role in many different types of cases involving missing teeth. Implants can be used for:

Replacing One Tooth — This treatment option has the highest success rate, given that only one implant and crown must be placed. This makes dental implants the best option for replacing a single missing tooth.

In a single tooth implant case, one implant is placed in the jawbone to replace the root of the tooth. Then, a crown is placed on top, simulating an actual tooth. This crown is matched to your other teeth to leave you with a full, natural looking smile! This is the best long-term option for single tooth replacement, and also the most cost-effective – while the initial treatment cost may be more than other options, a single tooth implant allows for permanent restoration. This is because implants never decay, require a root canal, and feel just like your natural teeth.

Replacing Multiple Teeth — Dental implants can also serve as a permanent solution for multiple missing teeth. The best part about this option is that a single implant isn’t required for each missing tooth – implants can be used as support for bridgework! As an example, for three missing teeth in a row, we can place one implant on each side of the gap, and a crown in between the implants with none underneath. In doing so, you don’t need to use your natural teeth as support for the bridge, which can weaken the teeth and make them more likely to decay.

Replacing All Teeth Permanently — Dental implants can be used as support for a full upper or lower arch for full teeth replacement. In some cases, an entirely new set of teeth can be supported with as few as 4 implants – think of a table, which only needs 4 legs to hold it up. In cases where the density of the jawbone has decreased due to deterioration, 5 or 6 implants can be required to support a row of 10 or 12 teeth. Not only do dental implants protect your jawbone, but they also serve as a stable, permanent solution that lasts a lifetime with proper care.

Support Removable Dentures — Dental implants can be leveraged as a more effective, healthier, and more stable solution to dentures. While traditional dentures rest on the gums and place pressure on the jawbone, we can attach removable dentures to your implants which takes pressure away from the bone surface and places it on the bone structure. This process prevents your dentures from slipping, while simultaneous protecting the bone underneath them.

Implant Care and Maintenance

Once an implant has successfully fused, an implant can only fail due to poor oral hygiene, or excessively strong biting. Poor oral hygiene with implants can cause bacteria infections such as peri-implantitis, so be sure to brush and floss twice daily, and maintain a regular appointment schedule with your dentist. Excessive biting can arise either from clenching or grinding your teeth, or from too few implants to be able to handle this bite force. Seeing highly experienced and knowledgeable dentists will ensure you receive the correct number of implants, and will ensure that your implants can handle your bite force. A nightguard may also be a good idea if you know in advance that you grind your teeth at night. 

For more information regarding Dental Implants in the Dearborn Heights, MI area call Dr. Awad at (313)-277-3000 today!

Dental implants serve as the perfect long-term solution to missing teeth, because just like your natural teeth, they are securely attached to the jawbone for the utmost support and strength. To be able to benefit from implants however, enough of your jaw bone must be intact to support a dental implant. Unfortunately, the bone surrounding your teeth is almost always going to have suffered from deterioration with tooth loss. The width, density of height of the bone begins to reduce immediately when a tooth is missing. If you can benefit from dental implants but done possess enough bone material to support them, can anything be done? Thanks to advances in today’s dentistry technology, the answer is yes, thanks to bone graphing procedures. 

How It Works

A bone graph is a minor surgical procedure which can be done in your dental office – this procedure restores and builds up the bone in your jaw to the point where your jaw can now support a dental implant. A small incision is made in the gum which exposes the bone beneath it, and a graphing material is added which acts as a scaffold of sorts, where your body naturally places new bone cells. This material will eventually be replaced by new bone cells. 

This graphic material can come from a variety of sources, such as your own body, a human donor, or animal donor that is processed by a laboratory to ensure the upmost safety and sterilization. This material can also be synthetic, coming from a variety of sources such as powders, granulates, putties or gels that are injected with a syringe. 

Types of Bone Grafts

Again, there are many heavily research-backed sources for obtaining bone graph material. These materials are processed (except for autographs, which do not require processing) to eliminate any possibility of rejection or disease transmission. These sources include: 

  • Autograft: An autograph is the most well-known source of bone graphing material, and requires bone to be taken from one site on your body, and moving it to the area that requires the bone. This is the only type of bone graph that requires two surgical sites, one from which the bone is being taken, and one where the bone will be placed. 
  • Allograft: This refers to bone taken from a human donor, and being processed by a laboratory. This bone is stored in a tissue bank and available to medical professionals. 
  • Xenograft: This refers to processed bone material taken from an animal, and typically comes from a cow. 
  • Alloplast: This refers to bone graphic material that comes from a human-made source. 

What to Expect

A bone graphic procedure typically only requires local anesthesia (or, anesthesia only where the surgical site is) although oral and IV sedatives can allow for a greater level or relaxation. Because of the small incision in your gum required during a bone graph procedure, this area may be sore post-operation. This can typically be managed by over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications and/or pain relievers Placing an ice pack on the area of soreness can also dramatically reduce any pain or discomfort. 

Although you will be completely back to normal, it can take up to seven months for full bone maturation to take place, and you can then receive a dental implant. This healing process allows for the absolute best result, which is a strong, healthy, beautiful implant that lasts you a lifetime! 

What are Dental Implants In The First Place?

A dental implant is a small post made out of titanium that serves as a replacement root for a missing tooth (View the Example Below). 

Dental implants are placed into the jawbone during a minimally invasive surgery that’s done right in your dentist’s office. After the implant is placed and a healing process has occurred that allows the titanium implant to fuze to the jawbone, a crown that mimics your natural teeth is placed on top of the implant. After the implant is placed, you’ll be given artificial teeth that mimic what your final implants will look like. 

Can Implants Be Used To Replace Multiple Teeth?

Not only are dental implants the best solution for a single missing tooth, but implants also serve as a great option for multiple missing teeth, or even as a solution for replacing all of your teeth. (View the Examples Below). 

The best part about replacing multiple teeth with dental implants is that an implant isn’t needed for each individual tooth – even just two implants can support removable dentures, and just four implants can be used to support a full set of permanent upper or lower teeth. 

Is The Dental Implant Procedure Painful?
For most patients, the dental implant operation goes by very smoothly with the discomfort being easily manageable. Any pain or discomfort after your operation can typically be handled with over-the-counter pain medications and anti-inflammatory medications like Ibuprofen. 

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
In the start of your treatment, dental implants are more costly than other treatments used to replace single missing teeth, such as dentures or a bridge. However, dental implants can last a lifetime and don’t require replacement when properly cared for. When viewed as a long-term investment in health and well-being, dental implants are a very cost-effective option for missing tooth replacement. 

How Do You Maintain Dental Implants?
Dental implants require the exact same care as your natural teeth – brush and floss twice daily, and regularly see your dentist for routine cleanings and exams. While implants never decay, it’s still possible for the tissue surrounding dental implants to become subject to inflammation or decay. Remember to care for your teeth, and dental implants will last you the rest of your life. 

Can My Body Reject A Dental Implant?
Dental implants do not contain any biological material, so they cannot be rejected. In fact, titanium ha been chosen as the standard material from which dental implants are made just for this purpose – titanium is a fully biocompatible material, and allergic reactions to this material are extremely rare. The only situations under which an implant would fail would be poor oral hygiene, or if the implant is subjected to heavy biting forces too soon. Failure of an implant is extremely rare, however, with 95% of dental implant cases being reported successful. 

Are Dental Implants Right For Me?

While there’s a good chance that dental implants can benefit you, scheduling an implant consultation is the only way to found out for sure. Your dentist may require x-rays of your jaw to determine whether you have the right bone height, width and density. Schedule an implant consultation with us today to find out if dental implants are the right treatment option for you!

If a full arch (either all of your top teeth and/or all of your bottom teeth) is missing or requires replacement, fixed dentures are a complete treatment option that can be supported by with implants. Removable dentures are a favorite option among both dentists and patients, since they:

  • Last your entire life
  • Prevent the loss of jawbone
  • Stay in place while you talk and eat
  • Are indistinguishable from your natural teeth, and feel and function just the same

How Implant-Supported Dentures Work 
An implant acts just as a natural tooth – it serves as an anchor in the jawbone for a crown, or, the top of your tooth. Dental implants look and feel just like natural teeth. The implant itself is made out of titanium, which has the ability to fuze to your jawbone, as also makes the implant extremely strong. Depending on the patient, dentures can be supported by as few as four to six implants in order for your dentures to function like your natural teeth.

What to Expect During Treatment 

An implant operation is a simple procedure that can be completed in your dentist’s office. This procedure often only required local anesthesia, or, anesthesia placed only at the operating location. This operation can take anywhere between one and three hours, as your dentist needs to be careful to avoid areas such as your nerves and sinuses. Any post-operation pain can often be relieved with over-the-counter medications. 

After the operation, your dentist will do what is best for the healing process. Sometime, patients are given temporary artificial teeth that resemble what your final implants will look like once the crown has been placed on top. Or, a process called osseointegration is necessary, which required the implants to be left alone to heal as best they can. The healing process after an implant procedure can take several months, and this process ensures the best possible treatment outcome. 

During the healing process, it’s necessary to eat only soft foods until the initial healing process has been completed, which is normally a three month period. Once you’ve fully healed and your crowns have been placed, you are free to eat anything you want. In fact, it’s common for patients forget that they have implants at all!

It’s easy to imagine that loosing any of your teeth can cause a number of different complications, whether it be with eating, speaking, or the general aesthetic of your smile. In addition, there are many other complications that can arise from tooth loss, namely the loss of jawbone. 

When a bone ceases to be simulated, the density and form of the bone is affected. When it comes to your jawbone, this stimulation is created by your teeth, which interacts directly with the jawbone hundreds of time per day. When you lose a tooth, this stimulation disappears, and there can be as much as a 25% decrease in the width of your bone in the first year of bone loss alone. When tooth loss continues over a period of a few years, this bone loss becomes more severe, with a possible loss in bone height of 4 millimeters. When this process continues to worsen, the distance from nose to chin decreases, and the bottom third of the face can collapse in part. In fact, this is why people who have experienced tooth loss and continued bone loss often appear to have a permanent frown – the jawbone structure can’t support the lower part of the face. During this process, the lips begin to sad, and the patient can become prone to jaw fractures. 

When teeth are lost, remaining teeth can move position, since there is no tooth holding them in place. This can create complications with bite and overall jaw health and strength, such as persistent jaw pain, or TMJ. This can also effect one’s ability to eat a healthy diet, as it becomes harder to eat fruits and vegetables with fewer teeth. 

However, with today’s advancements in dental implants, all of the above complications can be prevented. 

How Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss

Since dental implants are made out of titanium, a metal which has the rare ability to be able to bind to bone, dental implants stabilize and strengthen your jaw bone and your facial structure overall. When your jaw is stable and strong, the jaw bone retains its overall height and density. 

With a minimally invasive procedure that’s performed in-office, the implants are placed in the bone and a crown is placed on top, once a healing process has taken place. Among all of the treatment options for tooth replacement, dental implants have the highest success rate with 95% of patients experiencing a successful treatment. 

Other Options for Tooth Replacement

If dental implants don’t end up being the right treatment option for you, there are other fantastic, minimally-invasive options that can replace your missing teeth and give you your smile back. These include bridgework, which utilizes removable dentures and the teeth adjacent to the bridge. It should be noted, though, that these options can cause complications that dental implants cannot, and can affect the teeth, bone and gums underneath them. One example of this pertains to dental bridges, which must rely on the strength of the teeth adjacent to them. These may be healthy teeth, which will need to be filled down and have caps placed on top of them. This can cause problems associated with natural teeth, such as decay and root complications. In the case of removable dentures, this appliance attached to healthy teeth, which are susceptible to decay. In addition, full dentures rest on and rely on the strength of the underlying bone structure, which can further decay beneath full dentures. 

While less expensive than dental implants, tooth-replacement options that work above the tooth are less effective in the long run. Being that bridgework and other tooth replacement treatments other than implants can cause complications in the future, they don’t provide the long-term return on investment that patients gain from dental implants. 

Dental implants are the result of today’s most advanced technologies in tooth replacement treatments. Dental implants utilize small titanium posts that are inserted into the gum, and then capped with a crown which mimics your natural teeth. This realistic crown is the only visible part of your treatment – the implant rests below the gum line and acts as a strong base for your new tooth. 

In any given implant case, anywhere between two and six implants are used, being that an implant is not required for every tooth that needs replacing. Whether you’re missing a single tooth, an entire row, or all of your natural teeth, dental implants provide the strongest, healthiest, and most beautiful results for tooth replacement. Some of the great benefits of dental implants include: 

1. A Natural-Looking Smile 
Being that the crown of your implant is matched to your natural teeth, your dental implants will look completely natural – no one will be able to tell you have implants! Once your implant procedure is complete and you’ve had a chance to heal, your smile will look and feel completely natural, with it being impossible to tell the difference between your natural teeth and your replacement teeth. In addition, you won’t have to worry about slipping as you would with replaceable dentures. 

2. Long-Term Health 
Dental implants are perhaps the best long-term oral health investment you can make – being that the implant itself fuses to the jaw bone, implants provide a very high degree of strength and support to your jaw and facial structure. While dentures and bridges may have to be replaced over time, dental implants can last a lifetime if properly cared for. Take care of your implants, and enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles! 

3. Bone Loss Prevention 
One of the most overlooked aspects of tooth loss is gradual bone loss. When a tooth is missing, this causes the underlying bone structure to deteriorate, causing complication with the jaw and facial structure. Implants, however, stop this process in its tracks by providing support to the jaw bone, and advantage that dental implants alone offer. 

4. Safety of Other Teeth 
One of the best aspects of dental implants is that they don’t rely on your other teeth for support. Other tooth-replacement treatments such as dentures and bridgework rely on the strength of the adjacent teeth to hold the appliances in place. This can potentially leave these teeth more susceptible to decay and infection. In addition, these teeth can loosen overtime. Dental implants, however, only need to rely on their own strength to support your jaw bone, and therefore don’t affect the health of your other teeth. 

5. Easy Maintenance 
Maintaining the health of your implants is easy – simply brush and floss twice daily as you would with natural teeth, and be sure to see your dentist for routine exams and cleanings every six months. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime! 

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