Dental Implants in Bay City, MI
Complete Your Smile
Missing a tooth can damage your self-esteem and make you feel as though you need to hide your smile. At Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center, our oral surgeons are experts in implant dentistry and designing tooth replacement solutions. Dental implants are a popular and effective option for replacing missing or failing teeth.
A dental implant is made of a post, a connecting abutment, and a custom-made crown. Together, these parts recreate the look, feel, and functionality of a natural tooth. For patients missing all of their teeth, dental implants can be used to support a permanent denture through full-arch restoration, resulting in a brand new, fully functioning smile.
Why Replace Missing Teeth
Leaving a missing tooth or teeth untreated can result in bone loss in the jaw. This can lead to facial sagging, cause nearby teeth to shift out of position, and cause unhealthy gums. Poor oral health leaves you susceptible to periodontal disease, which can cause further decay.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that preserves the integrity of the jaw bone. Similar to a natural tooth’s root, the implant post stimulates the jaw bone, keeping it strong and healthy. This prevents atrophy and preserves the alignment of your teeth.
If there isn’t enough bone to support the implant, we can place a bone graft to regrow bone where it is needed. Bone grafts provide a solid foundation for the implant.
The 4 Biggest Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants are easy to care for. Just like a natural tooth, simply practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing twice daily.
Because the post fuses to the jaw bone, a dental implant is a long-term solution that you can depend on for a lifetime.
You can enjoy having a complete smile without feeling the need to hide your mouth when you eat or laugh. Dental implants will restore your confidence so you can smile with pride.
A dental implant is completely functional. You can brush and eat with your dental implant, just like a natural tooth.
Types of Dental Implants
Our experts will help determine the right type of dental implant for your smile. During the consultation, we will take 3D scans and design a treatment plan specific to your needs.
- Single Tooth Replacement. One dental implant can replace one missing tooth as many times as needed.
- Implant-Support Bridge. Dental implants can support a bridge, which fills the gap of multiple teeth missing next to each other in the dental arch. Traditional bridges require nearby teeth to be grinded down, but when implants support a bridge, they provide support without needing to damage your healthy teeth.
- Immediate Implants. We can place a dental implant post as soon as a tooth is extracted to reduce the number of appointments needed to restore the missing tooth.
- Full-Arch Restoration. Dental implants can support a fixed denture in one or both arches of teeth, resulting in a complete, functional smile. This is ideal for patients who are missing many or all of their teeth.
Dental Implant Placement Process
During your first visit, you will meet with Dr. Frey, Dr. Lesneski, Dr. Kittle, Dr. Thompson, Dr. John, Dr. Higginbotham, or Dr. Aravindaksha. We will take 3D scans of your mouth and discuss your options for anesthesia, as well as any additional procedures such as bone grafts or extractions.
On the day of your surgery, your oral surgeon will administer the selected form of anesthesia. Once you are comfortable, we will make an incision in the gum tissue and place the titanium implant post. Over the next few months, the post will fuse with the jaw bone. The abutment will be placed and once fully healed, a restorative dentist will place your final crown.
The full process takes several months, but you can expect to return to your normal routine within a few days after dental implant surgery.
As oral and maxillofacial surgeons, we have been extensively trained to successfully place dental implants. Our team uses the latest implant techniques and technology available to provide patients with outstanding surgical care and achieve optimal results.
Cost and Value of Dental Implants
The cost of a dental implant depends on the complexity of your procedure, the choice of anesthesia, if additional surgical procedures are necessary, and your insurance. We discuss all of these details during the consultation and offer many payment and financing options.
The reason why dental implants are so popular is because they look and feel like a natural tooth. They have a 98% success rate and are cared for with regular brushing and flossing. Opting for removable dentures or bridges may be cheaper upfront, but more extensive procedures down the road can be costly and have more downtime.
While dentures must be removed when you eat, dental implants remain in your mouth and are custom-made to look just like your other teeth. It’s clear that if you have missing or failing teeth, dental implants can restore your smile and confidence.
Get Dental Implants in Bay City, MI
If you have missing teeth, contacting our Bay City office is the right choice to complete your smile. We have office locations in Flint, Saginaw, Bay City, Owosso, Oxford, and Midland to better serve our Michigan residents. If you’re ready to begin the journey to better oral health, contact our Bay City office today.
Types of Anesthesia
We offer a variety of anesthetic options to make your experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible. The method of sedation used depends on your preference, the nature of the procedure, and your medical history.
Hear From Dental Implant Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing dental implant treatment at our office.
Reviews From Our Dental Implant Patients
Dawn Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"The practice here is very beautiful: it’s comfortable, it’s inviting, and you can really feel the energy in the room here. The staff here is super friendly: they’re always smiling, they greet you as soon as you walk in the door, and they make you feel at home. The doctors here are very wonderful about making you feel relaxed. They want you to feel at ease, which I definitely did. [The] procedure went really well. It was faster than I expected, and I was out of here in no time. Recovery time was really great. I would highly recommend Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons."
Flo Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"Right away, we were greeted with a very friendly attitude and a comfortable feeling. Dr. Frey is a very friendly, people person is what I would call him. He made my husband Bob feel very comfortable. He was totally patient, able to answer every question that he had. Overall, our experience was one of complete satisfaction and comfort with the treatment we received, from everyone starting from the office to Dr. Frey. I would give Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons a five-star rating because they deserve it."
Maddy Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"I had to get a bone graft and an implant. I had a spot in my tooth where the adult tooth wasn't there, and it was really uncomfortable because I had to wear a retainer every day. I was really nervous, but they made me feel very welcome. It was very easy; it was a two-process thing. I came in one day to get my bone graft and then the next time, I came in to get my implant, and it was all super easy and quick. The staff was really welcoming and nice and friendly. Dr. Lesneski was super nice and super welcoming and made me feel very comfortable. I feel super confident now, and it's nice not having the problem of not having the tooth."
Cindy Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"I had to have four teeth extracted, and I needed implants put in. My bridge was getting loose — I already had two bridges in on each side — and they were getting loose, and it was pretty traumatic because I didn't want to lose my teeth at all. So I was referred to Dr. Lesneski, and I'm on my way. They were phenomenal, kind, said it was normal to be nervous. I felt fine once I came in. I had a sinus lift, bone grafting, and then the implants are in. I was really nervous and scared that it would be really painful; I have felt no pain. Dr. Lesneski is great. To everybody I know, everyone I meet, any clients that I have at work, I always refer them to him. I think anyone that has dental issues should come here to the Gateway Center and see him and his staff."
Suzanne Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"I was in an automobile accident, and I had quite a few of my teeth knocked out. They started with bridges, but then they splintered the teeth, and they broke off. Then I finally had to have the whole top pulled. I had root canals, and then the teeth broke off because Dr. Frey said that they get hard, or they don't have anything—they don't have life in them anymore, so they break off. And he extracted those—I have six on the bottom. When he was doing the implants, he had to do some bone grafting. Dr. Frey is very nice, yeah, very friendly, and yes, I would recommend him highly."
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I have tooth decay?
If you have decayed or damaged teeth, you should see an oral surgeon to determine the right course of action. Dental implants can replace one or multiple teeth, while a full-arch restoration can completely replace one or both arches of failing teeth with a brand new, permanent denture.
Can dental implants be done in one day?
Immediate dental implants can be placed the same day that a tooth is extracted, so long as there is enough jaw bone to support it. After a tooth is extracted, we can place a bone graft, if needed, in addition to the implant post so that they can heal together. A full-arch restoration is sometimes called Teeth-in-a-Day because patients can enter our office with many failing teeth and exit with a completely new, fully functioning smile.
Is it too late to save my teeth?
There is no maximum age for dental implants. If you have enough jaw bone and are healthy enough to undergo a general surgery procedure, you are likely a candidate for dental implants. Even if you are missing all of your teeth, our experts can design a solution for you.
How painful is getting a dental implant?
Oral surgeons are qualified to administer all forms of anesthesia and we offer many types for our patients to choose from. Most patients are comfortable with local anesthesia, but your choice may vary depending on your procedure’s complexity and anxiety levels.
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