Dental Implants Replace Tooth Roots for Enhanced Oral Health
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are anchored directly into the jaw for a more comfortable, natural-looking, and durable restoration. Whether you want to replace a single tooth with an implant-supported crown or a full arch with implant-supported dentures, this treatment can offer incredible results. At Dearborn Family Dentistry, Drs. Mark Luria, Bruce Luria, and Rena Allswang can provide highly aesthetic implant-supported restorations. Dr. Mark Luria can also perform implant placement surgery at our Livonia, MI, dental practice for streamlined care.
The Implant Advantage
Implant-supported restorations are often considered the gold standard for tooth replacement. Anchored directly into the jaw with small titanium posts, implants can fuse with the surrounding tissue and become a permanent part of your anatomy. Included amongst their many benefits are:
- Replacement of both tooth and root for the most natural-looking effect
- Enhanced stability for an expanded diet and improved speech
- Durability for a longer-lasting, more reliable tooth replacement
- Improved aesthetics
Dental implants are also the only tooth replacement solution that protects the health of your jawbone. Left untreated, tooth loss can lead to jawbone atrophy. By stimulating bone tissue directly, implants can not only halt this process, but in some cases undo it.
Candidates for Dental Implants
Dental implants are usually recommended to patients who are missing one or more teeth, who are in good oral and overall health, and who have enough jawbone tissue to support the implants. We recommend smokers give up smoking, especially in the period immediately after surgery, as tobacco can limit your body’s ability to heal.
There are a number of ways to improve candidacy for this treatment. If you have been told your jawbone cannot support implants, preparatory procedures such as bone grafts or sinus lifts can restore lost bone tissue. We can also provide treatment for periodontal disease to ensure that no decay will undermine the success of the implants.
Your Initial Consultation
The first step in any dental implant treatment is a consultation with Dr. Luria. During this appointment, we will ask about your treatment goals, look over your dental history, and take detailed x-rays of your teeth and jaw to determine if your jawbone can support implants. If the treatment seems appropriate, Dr. Luria will walk you through the associated costs and design a personalized treatment plan to fit your needs.
Dental Implant Placement
At Dearborn Family Dentistry, we offer nitrous oxide for our implant patients to ensure your comfort throughout the surgery. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Luria will create a small opening in your gum and jaw. Then he will embed the titanium post into the jaw tissue and close the opening with sutures.
With proper care, dental implants can last patients a lifetime.
Over the next four to six months, your posts will undergo a process known as osseointegration, during which they fuse with the surrounding bone tissue. Once your jaw is healed, a member of our team can attach your custom crown, bridge, or denture to the posts. When your treatment is complete, you can care for your new implant-supported restoration in the same way as you would your natural teeth. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Restore Your Oral Health
Dental implants, while more expensive and involved than other options, offer incredible benefits for qualifying patients. Learn more about this revolutionary treatment by contacting our office online or calling (313) 565-5507 today.
Our dentists are passionate about helping patients. Drs. Mark Luria, Bruce Luria, and Rena Allswang all began careers in dentistry to improve not only their patients' smiles, but also the quality of their lives.- Dearborn Family Dentistry