Dental Implants in Midland, MI
Achieve a Complete and Healthier Smile
Many people who are missing at least one adult tooth feel self-conscious about their smile. Aside from the negative impact on self-esteem, missing or failing teeth can negatively affect overall oral health. Our oral surgeons at Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center offer many tooth restoration solutions to restore or replace missing or damaged teeth.
A dental implant is made of three parts: a titanium implant post, an abutment, and a dental crown. Together, these parts function just like a healthy permanent tooth. There is no need for removable dentures or bridges, and your replacement tooth will feel just as natural as your other teeth. Contact our office in Midland, MI, to learn more about dental implants and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Frey, Dr. Robert Lesneski, Dr. Christopher Kittle, Dr. Michael Higginbotham, Dr. Fred Thompson, or Dr. Shyam Prasad Aravindaksha.
Why Should I Replace a Missing Tooth?
The root of a tooth is embedded into the jaw bone. This root stimulates the jaw bone during chewing, preventing bone loss. When a tooth is missing, there is no root to provide stimulation. This causes the jaw bone to deteriorate over time.
Dental implants are the only type of replacement teeth that fuse to the jaw, just like a root, to prevent bone loss associated with tooth loss. When the jaw bone deteriorates, facial features begin to sag and remaining teeth can shift into the open space. Dental implants prevent these issues while restoring full function to your new smile.
There must be enough bone in the jaw to support an implant. If the jaw bone has weakened, our oral surgeons can use bone grafting methods to regrow lost bone. Once healed, you will have a sturdy foundation ready to support your dental implant. Having a healthy jaw also promotes healthy gums, which reduces the risk of periodontal disease.
The Biggest Advantages of Dental Implants
Unlike removable dentures and bridges, which must be replaced every few years, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
Eat Your Favorite Foods
Because of their strong foundation, dental implants allow you to bite and chew food the same way as healthy, natural teeth.
Brush and floss your implant along with your other teeth twice daily. There are no removable parts or special products needed.
When you have a complete smile, you can eat and laugh with pride. Dental implants help restore your oral health and confidence.
Types of Dental Implants
Our oral surgeons offer many types of dental implants to serve the oral health needs of more patients.
- Single Implants. We use one dental implant to replace one tooth anywhere in the mouth. This includes front teeth, molars, and canine teeth.
- Implant-Supported Bridge. A dental implant post can support multiple crowns, restoring several teeth that are missing next to each other.
- Immediate Implants. We can extract a tooth and immediately place an implant post, provided there is enough jaw bone to support it.
- Full-Arch Restoration. Multiple implants can support a new arch of teeth, resulting in a completely new and fully functioning smile.
Dental Implant Surgery
During your first visit, you will meet with one of our oral surgeons who will examine your oral health, take 3D scans, and discuss your treatment options. We will help you select the right type of anesthesia for any procedure to ensure your comfort. We offer general and local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation.
On the day of surgery, we will first administer the anesthesia. Your oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue and insert the dental implant post. Sutures will be placed as needed, and you will rest until the anesthesia wears off.
The implant integrates with the jaw bone over the next several months. Once fully healed, an abutment is attached to the post if this was not done during the initial surgery. A restorative dentist will create and place your final, custom crown, completing your dental implant treatment.
Cost and Value of Dental Implants
The cost of dental implants depends on several factors, which we will cover at the consultation. These factors include the number and type of implants you require, if bone grafts or tooth extractions are necessary, your dental insurance, and your choice of anesthesia.
To find out how much a dental implant would cost in Midland, MI, contact Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center. Our team will answer your questions and provide you with a cost estimate prior to treatment.
There are many tooth replacement options to consider. Removable dentures or partial dentures can be cheaper upfront, but they must be replaced every few years and require special care. Fixed bridges can restore some functionality, but their framework can trap bacteria and are difficult to clean around.
With dental implants, there are no moving parts and nothing special to clean around. Simply brush and floss each day, and your implant has the potential to last a lifetime. The investment in dental implants contributes to long-term results and improves your overall oral health.
Replace Missing Teeth in Midland, MI
Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center has many oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures available, including dental implants, for patients in Flint, Saginaw, Bay City, Owosso, Midland, and Oxford, Michigan. Contact us in Midland to schedule your visit with our team who specializes in implant dentistry.
Denture Replacement With Dental Implants
Dentures can be a quick, non-invasive way to replace missing teeth. However, dentures do not prevent jaw bone loss and must be replaced every few years, making their cost add up over time. Dentures often cause oral sores and without stimulation to the jaw bone, facial structure can begin to sag.
Dental implants are an ideal replacement for full or partial dentures and eliminate these inconveniences. You can receive a fixed denture through full-arch restoration, which fully restores your ability to eat and speak with no removable parts. The implant posts prevent jaw bone deterioration and you can feel more confident about having a complete, natural-looking, and healthy smile. Contact us to learn more about denture replacement in Midland, MI, 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 Implants Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing dental implants at our office.
Reviews From Our Dental Implants Patients
Flo Reviews Her Dental Implants 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 Implants 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."
Dawn Reviews Her Dental Implants 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."
Lena Reviews Her Dental Implants Procedure
"I had a tooth where my general dentist had said that it needed to be pulled. So he said that it needed to be pulled, and I needed to get an implant after the tooth was pulled, so I came here to get my tooth pulled and the implant. I was a little bit nervous at first. They kind of put me at ease by letting me know what was going on the entire process and giving me kind of a run-down of what was going to happen. My procedure was pretty painless. I didn't feel anything—you know, they gave me some drugs and everything, and I really didn't feel anything; it was pretty good. Dr. Lesneski is a great oral surgeon. I love having him as my doctor. I would recommend anybody to come to him. If any of my friends in Clio, Burton, or Flint need a dental implant, I highly recommend Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons."
Suzanne Reviews Her Dental Implants Procedure
"Well, I had some bridges that were disintegrating and needed to be taken out, and that was going to cause some empty spaces, so my dentist suggested implants. First time—very nervous. It's not something that I had been through, so I didn't know what to expect. They just were very comfortable, very good at explaining what I would be going through and what to expect, so that helped. First time, I was still nervous, but I felt better about it once I had heard from them what would be happening. I'm in the chair just like any dentist's office letting them work on me, and they are very good about talking to you and asking you if you're okay. Dr. Frey is probably one of the nicest guys I know. He just makes you feel at home."
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a dental implant procedure take?
Dental implant surgery often takes about one hour per implant. This can vary if you require additional procedures or are receiving multiple implants.
Can you get an implant years after extraction?
You can receive a dental implant at any age for any missing tooth as long as there is enough jaw bone to support it. At the consultation, your oral surgeon will assess jaw bone health and determine which type of implants or bone grafting treatments are right for you to restore your smile. Patients who have been missing a tooth for decades often qualify for dental implants after bone grafting treatment.
Does food get under implants?
Like any tooth, food can get stuck around dental implants. Brush and floss regularly to keep your implants clean and prevent gum disease.
How long after dental implants can I eat normally?
You can return to a normal diet 1–2 days after your surgical procedure unless otherwise directed. You should stick to soft foods and liquids on the day of surgery.
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