Are missing teeth giving you low self-esteem? Schedule a consultation with your dentist to explore your tooth replacement options, including dental implants. While the dental implant procedure used to take several months, we use Teeth-in-an-Hour from Nobel Biocare to give you a new smile in one appointment.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root (typically made of titanium) designed to support a crown or permanent denture. Your jawbone needs stimulation from tooth roots to stay healthy. When you lose a tooth, you also lose what was preventing jawbone tissue from deteriorating. Fortunately, a tooth implant is embedded in the jawbone so you’ll be able to avoid facial collapse and further tooth loss.
Unlike dentures, dental implants fuse to your jawbone for permanent stability. Many of our patients appreciate that their dental implants look and function like natural teeth. To be a candidate for the dental implant procedure, you must have healthy gum and jawbone tissue. However, your dentist may recommend a bone graft if you lack sufficient jawbone tissue.
Dental Implant Procedure
During your appointment, we’ll take a CT scan of your mouth. We then use a special software from Nobel Biocare to create a surgical guide with predrilled holes that fits over your gums. Your dentist will then use that guide to insert the dental implants.
If you’re replacing several teeth at once, the implants support a permanent denture. If you’re replacing one tooth, we’ll place a ceramic crown over the implant. Either way, the dental implant procedure is done in one appointment.
Ask our Livonia dentists if you’re a candidate for the dental implant procedure. To schedule your appointment, call Livonia Family Smiles at (734) 525-6100.