Dental Implants in Saginaw, MI
Achieve a Complete Smile
We have six 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.
Dental implants can replace one or more missing teeth. They are the only tooth replacement solution that maintains jaw bone integrity, thus protecting your oral health over time. A dental implant is made of a medical-grade titanium post, a connecting abutment, and a crown. These parts work together to replicate a natural tooth, both in appearance and in function.
The team of oral surgeons at Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center specialize in implant dentistry. We want to help our patients achieve a healthy and complete smile that they can be proud of. To start your journey to a happier, healthier smile, contact our office in Saginaw, MI, to schedule an appointment.
Replace a Missing Tooth
A tooth’s root stimulates the jaw bone, which keeps it strong and healthy. If you don’t replace a missing tooth, the jaw bone will begin to deteriorate, leading to facial sagging and nearby teeth shifting out of position. A dental implant post fuses to the jaw bone, functioning just like a natural tooth to keep the bone sturdy and prevent atrophy.
A healthy jaw with stable teeth promotes healthy gums, which reduces the risk of periodontal disease. This disease occurs when the gums become infected and can lead to further decay. Dental implants placed by our surgical team will ensure your oral health is taken care of.
If you've been missing a tooth for a long time, we can place a bone graft to help regrow areas of deteriorated bone in the jaw. This way, there will be enough bone to support the implant.
The Biggest Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants fuse with the jaw bone to become a permanent part of your smile. With care, your dental implant can last a lifetime.
A dental implant acts like a natural tooth, meaning it can be used to bite and chew food. Traditional dentures must be removed during eating, but dental implants are here to stay and allow you to enjoy your favorite foods again.
No special rinses or cleaning methods are necessary to maintain good oral hygiene with your implant. Simply brush and floss your teeth regularly and attend regular checkups with your dentist.
Confidence in Your Smile.
Your smile is a part of who you are and dental implants can ensure you have a healthy, complete smile that you will be proud of.
Types of Dental Implants
There are several types of dental implants to consider when replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Your treatment will be modified to meet your exact oral health needs.
- Single Implants. One dental implant is used to replace one missing tooth. This can be repeated as many times as you need throughout your mouth.
- Implant-Supported Bridge. This replaces several teeth that are missing beside each other in the dental arch. Traditional bridges require the neighboring teeth to be sanded down in order to fit the prosthesis, while dental implants can support the bridge instead and protect your other teeth.
- Immediate Implants. If you’re having a tooth removed, we can place the implant post into the empty socket immediately following extractions. This reduces the number of surgical procedures necessary for restoration.
- Full-Arch Restoration. Dental implants can support permanent dentures in one or both arches of teeth, resulting in a brand new, fully functioning smile. The results are life-changing and allow you to live with a completely new smile while the dental implants act as tooth roots to keep the jaw healthy.
Our team of surgeons are experts in implant dentistry and will help determine the right course of action for restoring your smile.
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.
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 your dental implant will depend on how many you need, your insurance, if you need extractions or bone grafts, and your choice of anesthesia. We will outline the cost for your treatment at the consultation so you know exactly what to expect.
Many patients turn to dental implants to restore missing teeth because they look and feel natural. They have a 98% success rate and can last a lifetime when cared for properly.
Removable dentures are often uncomfortable and must be replaced every 5 years. Dentures can cause sores, and many people find it an inconvenience to remove them during eating and brushing. Similarly, removable bridges must be specially cared for and replaced every few years.
While these options may seem cheaper upfront, they can lead to complex and costly procedures in the future to restore bone structure and functionality. It is clear that by choosing dental implants, you can restore your smile with ease and confidence that it will remain healthy for years to come.
Replace Missing Teeth in Saginaw, MI
Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center is the premier practice for restoring missing teeth in Flint, Saginaw, Bay City, Owosso, Oxford, and Midland, Michigan. Contact our office in Flint to schedule an appointment with our oral surgeons and highly skilled staff.
Denture Replacement With Dental Implants
If you wear dentures, our surgeons can eliminate the need for clunky, removable prostheses by securing replacement teeth with dental implants. Full-arch restoration provides a fixed arch of teeth and all the benefits of implant-based tooth restoration, such as jaw bone loss prevention and stability. Traditional dentures do not prevent jaw bone loss and can cause oral sores, whereas fixed dentures with dental implants remain secure in your mouth at all times and feel completely natural.
Many patients who wear dentures often turn to implants because they are more convenient, look and feel natural, and restore oral function. Dental implant treatment is customized to your needs and is great for patients looking to replace full or partial dentures. If you wear dentures and are looking for a better, healthier option, contact us to learn more about denture replacement in Saginaw, MI.
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."
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."
"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."
Gerald Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"The receptionists—they warmed up so quick with their smiles, and it’s almost like they know you personally. I felt right at home when I went in. Dr. Frey is an excellent oral surgeon. He puts you at ease, and, before you know it, the procedure’s over with, and you’re done. For any of my friends that live in Waterford, Michigan, I would not hesitate to recommend the services of Dr. Frey."
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."
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 one day?
Yes, these are called immediate implants. If you’re having a tooth extracted and would like it replaced immediately, we can place the implant post into the empty socket, providing 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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