Dental Implants & Surgery in Southfield, MI
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
The size, type, and implant method of your implant will vary depending on your personal needs.
Your implant solution will be primarily based on:
- The number of teeth to replace. If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. Several missing teeth may require a bridge. If you are missing many or all of your teeth, a partial or full implant may be necessary.
- Your jaw’s bone quality. The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most challenging areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone quality and the proximity to the sinus. Sinus augmentation can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone to place dental implants.
- The presence of ridge deformities. Deformities in the upper or lower jaw can leave you with an inadequate bone to place dental implants. Defects can be filled with bone or bone substitute to build up the ridge. Ridge modification dramatically improves the appearance and increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come.
What to Expect When Receiving Dental Implant Surgery?
Your implant surgery scope will depend on the solution you and your periodontist decide fits your needs. Surgeries often include tooth extraction, bone or tissue grafting, and implanting the support structures themselves. Since a dental implant is a surgery, patients receive an anesthetic to block any pain. You can also receive full or partial sedation, even though this is not required. Your periodontist will consult with you before the surgery to determine the right level and type of anesthetic to make you comfortable and keep your pain-free.
Post-surgery Care is Critical to a Successful Implant
Just as natural teeth require at-home oral hygiene and regular dental visits, dental implants need to be cared for in similar ways. After receiving a dental implant, regular brushing and flossing still apply. It essential that you protect your investment and prevent the reoccurrence of gum disease that caused tooth loss in the first place.