When a patient is missing one or more permanent teeth, Drs. McKinley and Holloway may recommend dental implants in Shelby Township, Michigan. A dental implant is made up of a titanium implant post and a dental restoration. The titanium implant post is surgically placed in your jawbone by our dentists, where it acts as replacement tooth roots. The dental restoration, which can be a dental crown, a dental bridge, or dentures, is attached to the implant post. Your dental restoration will be made to match the shade of your natural teeth.
When placing a dental implant, our dentists will first surgically place the titanium implant post into the bone socket of your missing tooth. During the healing process, your jawbone will grow around the implant post, making it a permanent part of your smile. It will take about six to twelve weeks for your jawbone to heal. After your jaw has had time to heal, our dentists will attach a small connector post called an abutment to the dental implant post. Impressions of your teeth will then be made so that your dental restoration can be constructed. When it is complete, your dental restoration will be attached to the abutment.