Ann Arbor, MI
Missing teeth can lead to serious complications later down the road, such as a misaligned bite, crooked teeth, and bone deterioration. Luckily, patients have more tooth replacement options than ever before. At Greashaber Dentistry we specialize in several full-tooth restorations, including dental implants. Dental implants have revolutionized the way we treat tooth loss. Thanks to their many benefits, it's no wonder that implants have become the industry standard for tooth replacement. An implant-supported restoration is the next best thing to your natural teeth!
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that we surgically embed below the gum tissue and into the jawbone. The implant post serves as the root component of a prosthesis. After a brief healing period the post is attached to an abutment, or support structure, that links the implant to the restoration. Thanks to technological advancements implants can be used to support a single crown, a fixed bridge, or even a full-arch restoration! If you would like to learn more about dental implants, click this dental implant FAQ link here.
The Dental Implant Process
The dental implant process begins with a consultation appointment. During your consultation, Dr. Greashaber will perform a series of diagnostic tests to ensure you are a suitable candidate for dental implant treatment. Most patients healthy enough to undergo minor surgery will qualify. Implants do require a significant amount of bone in the jaw. If your bone is too soft or too thin, we may recommend a bone graft.
Once we determine you are a suitable candidate for dental implants, we will develop an appropriate treatment plan. Most implant procedures are broken up into two surgeries. During the first surgery, your surgical team will make a minor incision in the gum tissue to expose the underlying bone. Next, they will place the implant deep within the jawbone.
Over the next several months, the implant and your jawbone will fuse through the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration is largely responsible for the many benefits of dental implants, mimicking the natural relationship between tooth root and socket.
Once osseointegration is complete, we will schedule the second surgery to place the abutment. After the abutment is in place, an impression is taken of the area. The impression will be used by our laboratory technicians to fabricate your final restoration. Once your restoration is ready, we will permanently attach it to the implant post.
A dental implant is the preferred treatment option for anyone who has damaged or missing teeth. Also known as an artificial tooth, this dental prosthetic is permanently fixed in the jawbone. They preserve the jawbone's health, improve chewing function and restore confidence in a patient's smile. Implants differ from removable dentures. It is possible to wear dentures with dental implants. The dental implant is made of two parts, a titanium post and a ceramic crown, which is implanted via dental surgery that requires a healing period midway, thus increasing the time of the process. At Greashaber Dentistry, our dentists Dr. Greashaber and , make it their top priority to ensure your dental implant procedure and recovery process goes as smoothly and painlessly as possible.
Dental implants are permanent, artificial teeth that are used to replace one or more damaged or missing teeth. Designed to last anywhere between 20 – 30 years, a dental implant is meant to be a final solution. However, this depends on how a patient takes care of the implant and their overall oral hygiene. Here at Greashaber Dentistry, our dentists Dr. Greashaber and , go the extra mile to make sure your dental implants are comfortable, blend in completely with your natural teeth, and last you a lifetime.
Benefits of Dental Implants
|Unmatched aesthetics. Our restorations are made from aesthetically-pleasing materials, such as porcelain or zirconia. These materials mimic the appearance of natural enamel.
|Unmatched comfort. Because your implant becomes a part of you, you will not experience any of the discomforts typically associated with removable restorations.
|Unmatched convenience. Implants are permanently fixed to the jawbone and do not require any special attention. Your restoration will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. You may even forget you have a restoration.
|Unmatched durability. Under the proper care and maintenance, a dental implant will last for many decades. In some cases, it may even last a lifetime! You will be able to eat your favorite foods with confidence and comfort!
|Better oral health. The implant post provides physical stimulation to the jawbone, preventing future deterioration. Your restoration will also leave your remaining teeth unaffected. Other restorations can put healthy teeth at a greater risk for damage or decay.
Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants
Dental implants have become an increasingly popular method of tooth replacement. They are increasingly used in place of dentures and bridges, which often fail to provide the sensation and function a patient requires. An ideal dental implant candidate is missing teeth due to trauma, tooth decay, or gum disease. Similarly, they are experiencing low self esteem due to the appearance of their smile. Thus, dental implants provide you with an opportunity to smile naturally again. At Greashaber Dentistry, we want to boost your self-confidence. We offer a wide range of dental implants, including single and dual-unit, metal, and ceramic implants.
Schedule a Consultation Appointment Today!
You, too, could experience the wonderful benefits of dental implants! Call (734) 662-1113 to schedule your consultation appointment today!