When a patient is missing one or more permanent teeth, Drs. McKinley and Holloway may recommend dental implants in Shelby Township, Michigan. Implants allow our patients to enjoy a full, beautiful smile, with a restoration that looks and feels natural. Our office is glad to help patients throughout the entire process — from planning to placement and full restoration.

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.

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 to 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.

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