At Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center in Flint, MI, we understand that missing teeth can cause a variety of oral health problems in addition to making everyday functions, such as chewing and smiling, more difficult. Dental implants are one of the best long-term options to restore one or more missing teeth and avoid these impending problems. They look and function just like natural teeth, allowing you to eat and smile with confidence.
They consist of three main parts: the medical-grade titanium implant post, the custom-made crown, and the connecting abutment. The oral surgeon places the post in the jaw, and it naturally integrates and forms a bond with the bone, providing a secure base for a custom-made porcelain crown. The crown is fabricated to look just like your missing natural tooth, and the connecting abutment will firmly secure the crown to the post. This solid foundation allows you to experience a lifetime of benefits.
Our surgeons, Drs. Lesneski, Frey, Kittle, and McKinley, are experts and can perform your treatment at our state-of-the-art oral surgery center located in Flint, MI.
They offer a wide variety of benefits over other tooth restoration options, such as bridges and removable dentures, making them a popular restorative option for patients who are missing one or more teeth.
- Implants are secure and permanent.They can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or attach to a denture to keep it from becoming dislodged. They function just like a natural tooth because the post integrates and forms a bond directly with your bone, allowing you to eat almost anything you want! In fact, most patients report that dental implants feel like natural teeth.
- Your smile will look healthy and natural. The custom-made crown, which attaches to the post via the abutment, is designed to look identical to a healthy, natural tooth and blend seamlessly with the other teeth in your mouth. You will be able to enjoy a beautiful, healthy-looking smile. Many patients state that they can’t tell the difference between their natural teeth and their dental implants.
- They maintain the health of the jaws, gums, and surrounding teeth. When you lose a tooth, the bone slowly begins deteriorating in the area surrounding the missing tooth site. Having a missing tooth also means more pressure is put on surrounding teeth, which can cause tooth shifting and even jaw misalignment. Dental implants can help preserve the bone and shape of your jaw while taking the burden off of your remaining healthy teeth. They are a complete restoration system, stimulating the bone and working with the healthy teeth to restore function and appearance. Other tooth replacement options, such as tooth-supported bridges, require support from surrounding teeth, which can damage the remaining healthy teeth.
- Many people are candidates for placement. If you are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you are likely healthy enough to undergo this treatment. If you do not have enough remaining bone to support the new teeth, then it is often possible to restore the bone through grafting or other regeneration treatments before placement of your new teeth. They can be used to support a single tooth restoration, bridge, full arch of teeth, or full denture. No matter your restoration needs, there is a solution to restore your oral function and smile.
The Placement Procedure
To begin the process, you will first receive a consultation with one of our highly qualified surgeons. Drs. Lesneski, Frey, Kittle, and McKinley will perform a thorough oral examination and form a specialized treatment plan just for you. Additional imaging may be taken to map the best possible placement of the tooth. You may choose to undergo IV sedation to relax or sleep during the surgery. At your initial consultation, we will determine which sedation option is right for you.
If you need to have a tooth removed, an immediate implant can often be placed during the same procedure. To restore the empty tooth site, your surgeon will place the post into its proper position in the jaw. The connective piece, called the abutment, will eventually be attached to the post to anchor your new crown. Once your post has integrated (fused to the bone), your restorative dentist will attach the new tooth or bridge, and you can begin to enjoy the benefits of your new smile.
Where can I get dental implants in Flint, MI?
Our entire team at Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center loves to see the positive results our patients receive from this revolutionary treatment. If you have one or more missing or failing teeth, contact our office in Flint, MI, today to learn if you are a candidate for implant placement.
Phone: (810) 424-0705
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.