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Dental Implants – Barton City, MI

Keeping Your New Teeth
Stable and Strong

Dentists have been helping patients overcome the difficulties of missing teeth for many, many years. Today, the gold standard for replacing teeth is definitely dental implants. Both patients and dentists love them because they feel like having your natural teeth again and help prevent the bone loss that can lead to numerous oral health issues later down the road. Some dental offices will need to refer you to an outside implant specialist, but if you call Healthy Smiles Dental Care of Barton City, you can have your smile restored with dental implants right here in Barton City, MI!

Why Choose Healthy Smiles Dental Care of Barton City for Dental Implants?

Animated dental implant supported fixed bridge placement

What is a Dental Implant?

Model tooth and dental implant supported replacement tooth

A dental implant is normally made of titanium and takes the form of a screwlike post. It is inserted into the jawbone via surgery, and it will be completely hidden under both the gums and the dental restoration that it will eventually support. Over the course of several weeks or months, a dental implant will fuse with the jawbone, allowing it to hold your new teeth firmly in place while also stimulating the jaw.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Man and woman smiling after dental implant tooth replacement

Because dental implants replicate the new roots of your teeth, they are able to fulfill all of the functions of your original teeth. This allows them to accomplish things that are simply not possible with traditional options like dentures and dental bridges. If you’re looking for a lifelike, reliable solution, we encourage you to read more about the benefits of dental implants in Barton City.

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What Makes Dental Implants Unique

In terms of tooth replacement, dental implants are truly in a league of their own thanks to their amazing ability to:

  • Feel and function like natural teeth – Once your implants have attached to your jawbone, they will feel exactly like the teeth you were born with. In fact, you may not even be able to tell which teeth are real and which teeth are implants! They also replenish your chewing power to its former strength, letting you eat all of your favorite foods easily.
  • Last a lifetime – By fusing to the jawbone, dental implants create a powerful bond that allows them to stay in place for several times longer than traditional alternatives. If you take proper care of them, they could even last for the rest of your life!
  • Save you money – Although dental implants cost more up-front, they can last a lifetime, while other options often break down every decade or so. So, dental implants can save you money (and time) on adjustments, repairs, and replacements.
  • Prevent bone loss – After a tooth goes missing, the jawbone deteriorates in that area because the tooth’s roots no longer stimulate it through biting and chewing. Not only can this result in a sunken, wrinkled facial appearance over time, but the jawbone may become too weak to support other teeth, causing additional tooth loss. Dental implants in Barton City function exactly like real tooth roots, keeping your jawbone strong.
  • Keep your remaining teeth stable – Teeth like to touch each other. If a gap is left behind by tooth loss, the remaining teeth tend to drift toward each other to fill the space, contributing to bite problems and chewing trouble. It may even make tooth replacement more difficult later on. Dental implants fill the gap and keep your remaining teeth in place.
  • Reduce the risk of gum disease – Bits of food can get caught in an empty space between teeth. If it stays there long enough, it can attract bacteria that cause gum disease. Dental implants fill this space and minimize the risk of infection.

Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Today’s dentures look more lifelike than ever before, but implant-supported restorations still have many advantages over them, such as:

  • Easy maintenance – Keeping dentures clean requires you to buy special products and change up your oral hygiene routine. In contrast, dental implants can be maintained virtually the same as natural teeth – just brush, floss, and visit your implant dentist in Barton City regularly.
  • Reliable teeth – Every few years, dentures lose their original snug fit, causing them to slip around or even fall out of your mouth. In contrast, dental implants are anchored in the jawbone, so you can trust that they’ll remain stable when you’re eating, talking, or smiling. They don’t even require messy adhesive to stay in place!
  • Clear speech – Poorly fitting dentures can create clicking or whistling sounds when you’re trying to talk. Dental implants allow you to speak as clearly as you could before tooth loss.

Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges

If you’re only missing one to three teeth in a row, you might be considering a dental bridge. However, dental implants are the superior option because they can:  

  • Preserve your remaining teeth – To support a dental bridge, the teeth on either end of the gap have to be shaved down. The less enamel those teeth have, the more susceptible they are over time to decay and sensitivity. Dental implants let you retain more of your natural tooth structure.
  • Be cared for easily – Dental bridges require you to invest in additional cleaning products like water flossers, while dental implant maintenance typically only requires a normal toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss.

Indications of Dental Implants

Man considering dental implant tooth replacement

You should schedule a dental implant consultation if you or a loved one has lost at least one tooth. It’s also a good idea to ask about them prior to having a tooth extracted. To receive implants, you’ll need healthy gums and a strong, fully developed jawbone that’s dense enough to support the posts once they’ve fully fused with the bone. We may need to schedule preparatory procedures to make sure the implant process is successful. The treatment will be different depending on your needs.

Missing One Tooth

Animated dental implant supported dental crown placement

A single tooth only needs a dental implant and a crown to replace it. You’ll receive the crown once the area around the implant has fully healed. One advantage of choosing a single implant over a bridge is that we won’t have to make permanent changes to your natural teeth to place the restoration; we simply fill the gap while leaving the rest of your smile alone.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Animated dental implant supported fixed bridge placement

It’s possible to anchor a dental bridge to a pair of implants instead of your real teeth. You can consider this type of restoration if you’ve lost at least three teeth in a row. The crowns at either end of the bridge will rest on the implant posts and hold the other prosthetic teeth in place.

Missing All of Your Teeth

Animated dental implant supported dentures

To replace all of your teeth at once, we can use a strategic number of dental implants to place full dentures in your mouth. When dentures rest on implants, they will usually be permanently anchored in your mouth, simplifying the process of taking care of them since you can just brush them as if they were real teeth. Removable implant dentures are also available.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Each dental implant treatment is customized to fit our patients’ unique needs. Whether you’re missing one tooth or an entire arch, there are several different steps of the procedure that will play a role in determining the final price tag of your treatment. The best way to learn how much your specific procedure will cost is to schedule a consultation with our team at Healthy Smiles Dental so we can examine your mouth and create a customized plan with you.

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Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

Some patients who have been living with gaps in their smile for years may experience several adverse effects on their oral structure, such as jawbone deterioration, that could push back their dental implant surgery. Without a strong and stable foundation, dental implants won’t be able to fuse with the structure, which is what makes them incredibly beneficial. If you’ve experienced this, then you’ll likely require a preliminary treatment like a bone graft. Some patients also require sinus lifts to make sure that their implants don’t puncture their sinuses. These procedures will prepare you for a successful dental implant surgery.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

Once you’ve healed from your dental implant surgery and have undergone the osseointegration process, which is where your dental implants fuse with your jawbone, you’ll then need to have your abutment place. This is a small, metal connector piece that will anchor your restoration in place. The abutment placement does incur a separate fee.

Final Dental Implant Restoration

Finally, the restoration that will complete your smile, whether it’s a dental crown, bridge, or denture, will also incur a separate fee. It will be custom-crafted to finish the treatment and provide you with a fully functional and whole smile that looks lifelike. A good rule-of-thumb is, the more teeth you need to have replaced, and the larger the restoration, the more costly it will be.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Unfortunately, it’s rarely, if ever, the case that dental insurance companies cover the complete cost of dental implant treatment. However, they may partially contribute to certain aspects of your treatment, including sedation or any preliminary treatments you require, like a tooth extraction. Our team at Healthy Smiles Dental Care is more than happy to file any claims on your behalf to make sure that you maximize your benefits and don’t have to pay any more than absolutely necessary out of your own pocket.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

In addition to accepting dental insurance, our team is happy to make dental implants more affordable by offering an in-house dental savings plan as well as flexible financing to help fit any budget. That way, you can customize a payment plan that doesn’t break the bank while improving your oral health and daily quality of life with dental implants in Barton City.

Dental Implant FAQs

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Are you on the fence about getting dental implants in Barton City? It makes sense that you have questions you want answered before committing to a consultation, and we’re here to make that happen! Below, we’ve answered some of the most common questions that we receive from our patients. That way, you can feel confident in your decision to start your journey towards a newly restored smile.

Does dental implant surgery hurt?

You’ll be pleased to know that dental implant surgery shouldn’t be painful, because your dentist will administer a local anesthetic before placing your implant posts. This will numb the nerves surrounding the area where your implants will be placed and keep you from feeling an ounce of pain throughout the procedure. If you’re anxious or nervous about your surgery, you can also ask us about oral conscious sedation as well. This will help you feel more relaxed during your surgery.

How long does the process of getting dental implants take?

The process of getting dental implants varies from patient to patient, but typically takes place over the course of several months. This is because your implants must undergo a natural process called osseointegration after they’re placed in your mouth, where they’ll fuse with your jawbone and provide it with necessary blood flow and support. Typically, the average treatment takes between six to eight months; however, that timeline is different for everyone.

Are their alternatives to dental implants?

There are alternatives to dental implants if you’re not a good candidate for this modern procedure, such as bridges and full or partial dentures. During your consultation, your implant dentist in Barton City will examine your jawbone and oral health and help you figure out whether this treatment is right for you. If not, we’ll provide you with alternatives that can help restore the function and feel of your smile.

Why do I need a bone graft to get dental implants?

Some patients require bone grafts before they receive dental implants because their jawbone isn’t dense enough to undergo the osseointegration process of the procedure. If you don’t want to undergo this preparatory surgery, you may be eligible for mini dental implants, which allow you to enjoy all of the benefits of regular dental implants without the added recovery time.

Will my dental insurance cover the cost of getting dental implants?

Unfortunately, it’s rarely, if ever the case that dental insurance companies cover the cost of dental implants. However, that doesn’t mean that they won’t cover the price of your consultation, dental sedation, or other aspects of the process. That’s why we recommend still contacting your insurance company to ask about coverage. Our team will be more than happy to help with this if necessary.

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