If you are missing one or more permanent teeth, Drs. McKinley and Holloway may recommend dental implants in Shelby Township, Michigan. Implants allow you to enjoy a full, beautiful smile, with a restoration that looks and feels natural. Our office is glad to help you throughout the entire process — from planning to placement and full restoration.
Dental Implant Options
Like a fingerprint, each person’s teeth and gums are unique and will probably have different types of treatment. At Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS, we make sure we offer the remedy needed to give you your best smile. With dental implants, there are varying options when it comes to determining which course of treatment is best for you. Some options include:
– Single implants: This treatment replaces a missing tooth with a dental implant and restoration.
– Implant-supported dentures: Instead of regular dentures, dentures supported by dental implants allow for a more stabilized and cost-effective solution. Many patients report that they feel like this type of dentures functions just like their natural teeth.
– Implant-supported bridges: Like a regular dental bridge that is anchored down with crowns on surrounding teeth, an implant-supported bridge uses dental implants instead to anchor the bridge.
– Full-mouth reconstruction: Dental implants can help in the process of a full-mouth reconstruction where your treatment is fully customized to restore the look and function of your mouth.
Dental Implant FAQs
What is a dental implant?
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 (such as a dental crown, a dental bridge or dentures) is attached to the implant post. The color of each dental restoration is made to match the shade of your natural teeth and blend in with your smile.
What is the dental implant procedure?
When placing a dental implant, our dentists will first surgically place the titanium implant post into the bone socket of your missing tooth. (Our practice uses a 3D Cone Beam Scanner to better diagnose and locate a placement site.) After the post is anchored, your jawbone will heal and grow around the appliance, 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.
What can an implant be used for?
Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, replace multiple teeth or to secure a restoration appliance. Depending on your individual needs, our dentists may recommend one of several different appliances, such as crowns, bridges or dentures.
Often dental implants are used to secure a removable or permanent set of dentures. Our office also offers mini implants that can secure dentures more quickly, with less invasive treatment.
How much do dental implants cost?
While other restorations may initially cost less than teeth implants, you may end up paying more in the long run. Dental implants are one of the most durable procedures available at our office and rarely need replacement. They also work with your natural features, helping keep your existing teeth, bite and overall smile healthy.
To plan your new smile, call 586-685-0880 and ask our dentists about implant dentistry.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are a great option to help replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth in your smile. They can help restore the functionality of your mouth so you can speak and chew normally as well as help stimulate gums for a healthier periodontal health.
The supporting bone tissue is better maintained so you do not lose stability in the jawbone, and your surrounding teeth can stay correctly aligned.
A dental implant acts very similar to your original tooth to provide a stable foundation for both teeth and gums. Your implant restoration also provides a natural-looking tooth replacement that will last for a long time. Each tooth restoration we create at Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS is designed to be durable and give your lasting results with the proper care.
Are dental implants removable?
No, dental implants are firmly anchored in your mouth and are only removed if it breaks or is worn down.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are constructed to last for the duration of your life. By practicing good oral hygiene and attending your biannual dental appointments, your dental implants will remain in great condition.
Can dental implants be done in one day?
Yes. Depending on your treatment, a dental implant can be placed in one day. It all depends on the number of implants needed, your oral health and medical history, which technique and materials are needed and the supporting bone structure. Consult with our team to determine what action is needed for your dental implant restoration.
How do you care for your dental implants after treatment?
Like your natural teeth, you will want to continue daily brushing each morning and night, flossing at least once a day and continue seeing our dental team at Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS for your biannual dental exam and cleaning. Following your treatment, you will give you the aftercare instructions needed to ensure you do not get infections.
Do dental implants act as a permanent replacement?
Yes, your dental implant can last for a lifetime. It all depends on the care you provide for your teeth and gums. Continue to keep up on your regular dental hygiene to ensure a healthy mouth that allows your implant restoration to last for years to come!