Dental Implant Overview
Dental implants have become the new age gold standard for tooth replacement. Here at our office in Rochester Hills, MI, dental implants are performed by our board-certified dentist, Dr. Matthew Wolfe, who will coordinate with a local oral surgeon during the initial surgical phase to yield maximum results. Implant dentistry involves surgically placing metal posts in one's jawbone to act as the root of the tooth. These posts will then connect to a bridge, denture, or crown for a beautiful restoration that is to be treated like a natural tooth. To see how a dental implant can benefit your smile, call our office to get more information about implant dentistry at Signature Dentistry of Rochester. Talk to Dr. Wolfe about your aims and discover if implant dentistry is the solution you're looking for.
Dental Implants Candidates
Implants can restore one or several missing teeth by connecting the implant to a crown, denture, or bridge. You may prefer to have implant dentistry if you have a removable or cemented dental restoration but aren't content with the appearance or fit, or if you are experiencing cleaning concerns with your current restoration. Dental implants can be treated similarly to your natural teeth, utilizing daily flossing and brushing as a part of a consistent at-home oral health routine. At your consultation, Dr. Wolfe will evaluate the health of your jawbone and gums to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. In some cases, a bone or gum graft surgery may be needed prior to implant surgery to strengthen your mouth. Dental implants may not be appropriate if you use tobacco products, are pregnant, or are being treated for another issue, such as periodontal disease.
Dental Implant What To Expect
To prepare for your dental implants, you may require a tooth extraction or gum and bone grafts. When you are ready for dental implant surgery, the treated areas will be given local anesthesia to numb your mouth. Other anesthesia or sedation may be used to relax you throughout the treatment if you require such. The procedure will begin with a surgical incision in your gums so the post can be placed into your jawbone. The incision in the gums will then be stitched closed with some of the dental implant above the gums. This process will be repeated if several implants are required. While the dental implant integrates into the gums and jawbone over the following months, a temporary cover will be placed over the implants. As soon as Dr. Wolfe determines that your implant has healed satisfactorily into your jaw and gums, your permanent restoration (bridge, denture, or crown) can be connected to your implant and adjusted for a comfortable fit.
Dental Implant Recovery
There may be some short-term inflammation in or around your mouth and lower face, and you could experience anything from discomfort to bruising or minor bleeding immediately following your implant procedure. Dr. Wolfe will talk to you about any side effects you might have post-surgery and if anything abnormal should occur to call our office immediately. He may also give you a prescription for pain relievers and antibiotics. After your dental implants are integrated and your restoration is connected, you should develop and/or maintain a good oral care routine at home that includes daily brushing and flossing. You should schedule annual exams and bi-annual professional cleanings at Signature Dentistry of Rochester so that Dr. Wolfe can monitor the health of your mouth and condition of your implants. He will let you know if at any point your restorations or implants should be adjusted, repaired, or replaced.
Depending upon your dental insurance company and personal coverage, part of the expenses of your implants and custom restorations could potentially be covered. We will talk to your dental insurance company to understand your coverage and determine your personal cost. At your initial consultation with Dr. Wolfe, he may estimate your expenses and discuss payment methods we accept along with information about low-interest medical financing.
Implants with custom restorations may be a good option if you are looking for a replacement for a missing tooth (or teeth) that is simple to care for and can last many years. Dr. Wolfe will explain the steps needed, starting with surgery for implant placement and discussing your restoration options. To get more information about dental implants, schedule a consultation at Signature Dentistry of Rochester located in Rochester Hills, MI.