Dental Implants in Oxford, MI
Restore Your Smile
Many people will end up missing an adult tooth during their lives. Missing a tooth can cause you to feel as though your smile is incomplete and can negatively impact your self-confidence. The team at Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center wants to help you restore your smile and be proud of your appearance.
A dental implant is made up of a titanium implant post, a connecting abutment, and a custom-made crown. Together, they replicate the appearance and function of a natural tooth and the benefits of having a complete smile without the worry or inconvenience of removable dentures.
Why Should I Get a Dental Implant?
A missing tooth can negatively affect your self-esteem, but can also impact your oral health. A tooth’s root stimulates the jaw bone during chewing, keeping it healthy. Without the teeth, the jaw bone can atrophy and weaken. This can cause facial sagging and nearby teeth to move and shift into the open space.
In order for an implant to be successful, there must be enough jaw bone to support the implant. Bone grafts offer a remarkable solution to regrow bone in a localized area, making implant placement possible. We may place a bone graft prior to placing the implant so that your jaw is stable enough to give the implant a sturdy foundation. A healthy jaw promotes healthy gums, which lowers or eliminates the chance of developing periodontal disease.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Simple and Easy to Care For.
Dental implants are permanently placed in your mouth. Unlike dentures, they do not need to come out or be removed. Brush and floss your dental implant like a natural tooth to keep it clean and healthy.
The post fuses with your jaw bone as a permanent part of your mouth. The implant remains in your mouth when you eat and brush your teeth, eliminating the hassle of removable dentures.
Restore Your Health.
Dental implants are the only solution that help preserve the jaw bone and offer a complete restoration of one or multiple missing teeth.
Dental implants look , feel and function just like natural teeth. With dental implants you no longer have to hide your smile and you’re free to enjoy all of your favorite foods.
Types of Dental Implants
There are several types of dental implants to consider when replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center works to customize your treatment to meet your individual oral health needs.
- Single Implants. A dental implant is used to replace a single missing tooth. This can be repeated as many times as you need throughout your mouth.
- Implant-Supported Bridge. This option restores multiple missing teeth that are next to each other in the dental arch. Traditional bridges grind down neighboring teeth in order to fit the prosthesis, while dental implants can support the bridge instead and protect your healthy teeth.
- Immediate Implants. If you’re having a tooth removed, an implant post can be placed into the empty socket immediately following extractions. This reduces the number of procedures needed for complete restoration.
- Full-Arch Restoration. One of more dental implants can support permanent dentures in the upper, lower, or both arches of the mouth, fully restoring the smile.
Our team of surgeons are experts in implant dentistry and will work with you to determine the right solution to restore your smile.
The Dental Implant Procedure
On the day of your dental implant procedure, your surgeon will administer the selected form of anesthesia to help you relax and feel as comfortable as possible. Your surgeon will make a small incision to open the gum tissues, place the implant post into the tooth socket, and suture the site closed. Over the next few months, the post will integrate into your jaw bone and during this time, your restorative dentist will create your custom-designed crown. After you have completely healed, you will return to have your abutment and crown attached to the implant.
The duration of the procedure may vary if you require additional treatments, such as extractions or bone grafts. We will discuss these during the consultation and answer any questions you have about your oral surgery treatment. We strive to improve your oral health in the most enjoyable way possible, and our staff is always available to answer questions as we guide you through recovery.
Our practice uses the most advanced dental implant technology and techniques to ensure optimal results for our patients.
Cost and Value of Dental Implants
The cost of your dental implant treatment will depend on the number you need, your insurance, if you need extractions or bone grafts, and your choice of anesthesia. We will provide a cost estimate for your treatment during your consultation appointment.
Dental implants are the ideal solution to restore missing teeth because they look and function just like natural teeth and keep your jaw bone healthy. With a high success rate, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
Removable dentures are cumbersome and must be replaced every 5 years. Dentures can cause sores, making them uncomfortable and inconvenient to remove during eating and brushing. While they are less expensive upfront, they can lead to complex and expensive procedures in the future to restore bone structure and functionality. By choosing dental implants, you can restore your smile and protect the future of your oral health.
Restore Your Smile in Oxford, MI
Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center is the leading practice for restoring missing teeth in Oxford, Flint, Saginaw, Bay City, Owosso, Oxford, and Midland, Michigan. Contact our office in Oxford to learn more about restorative treatment solutions.
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 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. "
Calvin Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"My doctor — I've been with him for years — so I asked him . . . you know, he told me pretty much what I needed to do, and that was the bone implant. So, him being the guy he is, I asked him, "Give me the best place to go and the best person you know to do the work." So he suggested Dr. Lesneski here. I was terrified; you know, you hear so many things about, you know, drilling into your bone. But once I got here, they made me feel totally comfortable before the procedure. Dr. Lesneski did two dental implants; they gave me pain medication for after the procedure, but I didn't even take it. He called me, actually, after he did the procedure to check on me. That's rare, and it's a great experience, and I would pass it on for anybody who considers that procedure going forward or in the future to consider this place. It's really good."
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."
Erisa Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"I had a wisdom tooth that I needed to have taken out — I put it off for a very long time — and I also needed an implant put in. I was scared. I do not like be sedated — until I met Dr. Lesneski. It went really well. I was sedated, my procedure felt like it took a minute, even though I'm sure it took a lot longer, and I went home, recovered pretty fast, and everything went back to normal. I do like his office. His staff is very friendly. I really appreciate the fact he walked me through the entire procedure and made me feel safe. I would highly recommend Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons, especially Dr. Lesneski."
Suzanne Reviews Her Dental Implant 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
Can you get dental implants for your whole mouth?
If you are missing all of your teeth, you could be a candidate for a full-arch replacement. Using as few as four dental implant posts to secure the prosthesis in place, full-arch restoration replaces an entire upper or lower arch of teeth.
Is it better to get dentures or implants?
Dental implants are a permanent replacement solution that have become a popular alternative to dentures. While they cost more than dentures, they last longer and save money in the future.
Are you put to sleep for dental implants?
Dental implants do not require complete sedation to be comfortable during surgery. The procedure will involve some form of anesthesia or sedation, but the extent of this sedation is entirely up to you and your comfort levels.
Do teeth implants hurt?
Local anesthetic is used to numb the nerves in the surgical area, that will prevent you from feeling any pain during your dental implant procedure. It is normal to experience some mild discomfort and swelling after your surgery, which can be controlled by applying ice packs and taking ibuprofen.
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