If you have a missing tooth and it’s causing you issues, dental implants may be for you. Dental implants are used as a form of restorative dentistry to help replace missing teeth. Thumbs Up Dental offers affordable dental services, including dental implants in North Branch and Caro, MI.
A dental implant will act as an artificial tooth root for a replacement tooth. It differs from dental bridges because it replaces the entire tooth root instead of attaching a pontic tooth to an adjacent natural tooth. Dental implants are bonded directly to the jawbone and will act as an anchor for the replacement tooth.
Your dentist will start with an assessment of your teeth to ensure you are a good candidate for dental implants. If no additional surgery is required, local anesthesia is administered, and an incision will be made in the gums to expose the jawbone. The dental implant will then be inserted into the jawbone, and once in place, it will be stitched up. Three to six months are needed to allow the implant and bone tissue to fuse properly. Follow-up checkups may be required to ensure there aren’t any issues during the healing process. Once healed, an abutment will be attached to the implant before a replacement tooth is added. A dental crown procedure will then be fitted as a cap for the replacement tooth, protecting it from potential damage.
Dental implant surgery is a routine procedure performed by our practitioners. While there is the chance of complications that may arise from the surgery, generally, the procedure is well received, and our patients have a pleasant experience. Post-surgery care is more crucial, and follow-up checkups may be required, as we’ll want to minimize the risk of an infection developing.
Are you looking to have a dental implant done? Contact us at Thumbs Up Dental to schedule your appointment at our dental clinic today! If you need more information on our available payment options, kindly head to our insurance and financing page to learn more about our accepted payment methods.