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How Dental Implants Work – Brownstown Charter Township, MI

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You’ve heard about their benefits, but what are dental implants? This revolutionary tooth replacement treatment is unlike any other because it has the potential to last for a lifetime. Their long-term success rate largely relies on the unique process used to replace the entire structure of a tooth. This allows you to enjoy the next best thing to your real teeth, but you’ll need to undergo a multi-step treatment process. Each phase is necessary to ensure your dental implant has the foundation it needs to last for decades.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

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A single tooth implant is comprised for 3 components to replicate an entire tooth, not just the portion that’s visible above the gum line. Together, they give you a solution that has over a 95% success rate to invest in a lasting treatment.

Implant Post

The first stage of your treatment involves surgically placing an implant post into your jawbone. Although they can be made from various materials, titanium is used most because it’s biocompatible. Sedation or anesthesia is needed to ensure your comfort as your oral surgeon opens your gum tissue to expose your jawbone. A small hole is drilled into a pre-determined location to insert the post to serve as a new root. Your gum tissue is sutured closed, so you can begin healing.

Over the next several weeks, your jaw fuses to the post through a process called osseointegration. This provides a stable foundation for your restoration while also allowing the post to potentially remain in place forever.

Abutment

After your jawbone has healed, you’ll need a second minor surgery to attach an abutment to the post. This is a special connector piece between the post and the crown. Your gum tissue will heal around the abutment to create a natural-looking gum line while sealing out bacteria from the post. Generally, it takes about 2 weeks to heal from the procedure.

Restoration

Finally, you’re ready for your restoration. State-of-the-art technology is used to design your dental crown to meet your exact specifications. It’s made from all-ceramic material to match the exact color, size, shape, and proportion of your remaining natural teeth. It will blend in seamlessly when you smile, so no one will ever know it isn’t a real tooth.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

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Dental implants are an investment in your smile because they can last for a lifetime with the right aftercare. They initially cost more than other treatments, but they are actually more affordable long-term because you should never need to have them replaced. Not to mention, they improve your oral health to lower your overall dental costs. In fact, they can reduce your risk of many common issues associated with missing teeth, including cavities, gum disease, and additional tooth loss.

We’ll provide you with a custom estimate during your initial consultation and discuss your payment options, like using your insurance or CareCredit.

If you’re ready to rebuild your smile, contact our office today to see if dental implants are right for you.