Dental Implants in Owosso, MI
Replace Missing Teeth & Restore Your Confidence
We have five offices conveniently located in Central Michigan to serve our patients. Our oral surgeons place dental implants and perform implant-based restorations at all of our locations.
Missing teeth can cause many health problems and leave you feeling like a part of your smile and identity are missing too. Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center in Owosso, MI, offers several tooth replacement options to help more patients achieve a happier, healthier smile.
A dental implant is made of three parts: a titanium implant post, a connecting abutment, and a custom-made crown. Dental implants are the only replacement teeth that maintain integrity of the jaw bone, keeping facial structures balanced and promoting healthy gums. Temporary or removable appliances may look aesthetically pleasing, but they do not actively work to improve and maintain good oral health.
Why Replace a Missing or Failing Tooth?
Patients often find removable dentures embarrassing. It's an inconvenience to remove them during eating and brushing, and they can be detrimental to future oral health by not preserving the jaw bone and promoting healthy gums. Dental implants keep the jaw strong and prevent issues associated with bone and gum loss.
If you have missing or failing teeth, you’ve come to the right place. Our team of oral surgeons are specially trained in implant placement, anesthesia administration, and ensuring every patient has a comfortable and beneficial oral surgery experience.
The Biggest Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or support an entire permanent denture through full-arch restoration. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime.
The crown is specially designed to match the size, shape, and color of your other teeth, making the implant indistinguishable from natural teeth. Many people can’t tell which tooth is the implant, and you can enjoy the health benefits of your dental implant while maintaining a complete smile.
The implant post stimulates the jaw bone during chewing, just like a natural tooth root. This keeps the jaw strong and healthy and prevents it from deteriorating. A weakened jaw can cause facial features to sag or other teeth to shift out of place. Traditional dentures sit on top of the gums and do not maintain jaw integrity, while dental implants preserve the shape of your jaw.
If you are healthy enough to undergo surgical procedures, you are likely healthy enough to receive a dental implant. Patients with a weakened jaw or who have lost bone due to missing teeth can have a bone graft placed, which promotes the growth of new bone. If you’re missing all of your teeth, as few as four implant posts can support a permanent denture in one or both arches, known as a full-arch restoration.
Because dental implants are designed to feel and function like a natural tooth, you care for them just like natural teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits. Keeping your implant in good shape will ensure it stays healthy and lasts for as long as possible.
Types of Dental Implants
There are several types of dental implant procedures that can benefit your oral health, and our specialists will help determine the right treatment for your needs.
- Single Tooth Replacement. One missing tooth can be replaced by one dental implant. This can be repeated as needed throughout the mouth wherever there is a missing or failing tooth.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. Dental implants can support a permanent bridge instead of requiring neighboring teeth to be grinded down to support it.
- Immediate Implants. A dental implant can be placed the same day as a tooth extraction, reducing the number of necessary procedures for restoration.
- Full-Arch Restoration. Patients with many failing teeth can benefit from having dental implants support a fixed prosthesis, completely restoring appearance and functionality.
Dental Implant Surgery
During your first visit, your surgeon will outline the details of your procedure and help select the right anesthesia for you. On the day of your surgery, your doctor will make a small incision in the gum tissue and place the implant post.
Over the next few months, the post will fuse with the jaw bone. Once you have healed enough, the abutment is placed, and once fully healed, a restorative dentist will place the crown. This entire process takes anywhere from 4 to 6 months, and we provide post-operative instructions to guide you through every step of your recovery.
Restore Your Smile in Owosso, MI
The days of hiding your smile, being embarrassed of dentures, or avoiding eating your favorite foods are over. Dental implants can be your key to a healthier, happier smile that you will enjoy for a lifetime. Contact our office in Owosso, MI, today to schedule an appointment and find out if you are a candidate for dental implants.
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
"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."
"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."
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."
Lena Reviews Her Dental Implant 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."
Frequently Asked Questions
How painful is it to get dental implants?
Oral surgeons are qualified to administer all forms of anesthesia, which we offer to all of our patients undergoing any type of procedure. The type most suitable for you depends on the complexity of your procedure. Most patients experience little to no discomfort with the use of local anesthesia or laughing gas, while others with dental phobias elect to undergo IV sedation. We will help you select what’s right for you during the consultation.
Can dental implants be done in a day?
Yes, these are called immediate implants. If you’re having tooth extracted and would like it replaced immediately, we can place the implant post into the empty socket, provided you have enough jaw bone to support it. This reduces the number of appointments needed to restore the tooth.
How long does it take to recover from dental implant surgery?
Most patients return to their normal routines within a few days following surgery. We provide detailed instructions outlining diet recommendations and how to keep swelling at bay to ensure a smooth, speedy recovery. Meanwhile, it will take several months for the implant post to fully heal as it fuses with the jaw bone.
Who is not suitable for dental implants?
If you are healthy enough to undergo general surgery, you are likely healthy enough for a dental implant. You may not be a candidate if you have certain medical conditions that suppress the immune system, blood clotting disorders, or others that would interfere with the implant’s success.
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