Dental Implants in Detroit
If you have a missing tooth, or are facing tooth extraction due to dental disease or decay, you have several options to replace it. Most dentists agree that the most reliable and lasting way to replace a missing tooth is with a dental implant. Implants offer advantages above and beyond what other restorations, like a bridge or partial denture, can provide.
Dental implants are available with our Clawson dentist, Dr. Alan Grodin. He has the skillset and expertise to help you attain a complete, healthy smile and full chewing and biting function. He can ensure that you achieve high-quality results while enjoying unsurpassed patient care at our dental practice.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the restoration most similar to natural teeth in terms of look and feel. They replace the entire tooth structure, from root to crown. Anchored in the jawbone, the implant post supports an artificial tooth that rests above the gumline. Implants restore complete chewing and biting function and keep the tooth-supporting jawbone stimulated so it does not deteriorate when a tooth is lost. With the proper care, they can last a lifetime without problems.
Implants are incredibly versatile and can help patients with different tooth replacement needs. A single implant can replace a standalone missing tooth. Several implants can be used to support a dental bridge to replace a few missing teeth, or a full denture appliance to replace an entire arch or mouth of missing teeth.
Dental Implant Treatment Process
The process to plan and place a dental implant normally requires several dental appointments.
During the initial consultation, you and Dr. Grodin will discuss your treatment needs and goals to determine whether implants are the most suitable solution. He will examine your teeth and gums, and take X-rays and CT scans to ensure there is enough bone structure to support and retain the implant post. Dr. Grodin will also determine exactly where the implant is to be placed.
Your dental implant post will be placed during an oral surgery procedure. You will be completely numbed so you do not feel any pain. The post will be placed in the jawbone beneath the gap left by the missing tooth. The top of the post will sit above the gumline and be covered with a temporary tooth so you do not have to go toothless.
Over the next few months, the post will integrate with the jawbone, becoming part of the bone’s natural anatomy. This is called osseointegration. Once it has adequately healed, the top of the post is uncovered and the permanent crown is secured during another procedure.
As you adjust to your new dental implant, you may have mild to moderate discomfort, swelling and bruising. You can control pain with medication we prescribe and should stick to a soft-foods-only diet.
The entire process, including osseointegration, can take six months or more depending on the individual case.
Learn More about Dental Implants
For more information about replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Grodin. Call or email us today to set up your appointment.