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Dental Implants

Dental implants are recognized as the best way for most patients missing one or more teeth to restore form and function to their smile. These small titanium posts provide support for crowns, bridges, and dentures. Drs. Jeffrey Grabiel, John Mills, and Dr. Raymond Kim at Legacy Dental Group in Birmingham, MI, incorporate the latest technology to provide comprehensive dental implants treatment, including immediate-load implants. We also implement advanced techniques like platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) which accelerates healing. Our practice is unique in offering every step of your treatment plan in one office, saving you the hassle of referrals.

What are Dental Implants?

Implants are direct replacements for lost tooth roots. We place and restore implants in our office, eliminating the need for inconvenient referrals.

An implant-supported restoration is designed to replace the entire structure of a missing tooth from root to crown. The implant is surgically embedded in the jaw to act as an artificial tooth root. Through a process called osseointegration, the implant fuses with the bone tissue, making it a permanent part of your anatomy. Once osseointegration is complete, a crown or other restoration is attached using a small connector piece called an abutment.

Why Choose an Implant-Supported Restoration?

Implants not only provide a strong, secure base for restoration, but also protect the health of your jaw. When a tooth is missing, a natural process of bone loss occurs. Since an implant replaces the root of your tooth instead of just the crown, it prevents further bone loss. In fact, to a degree, it spurs regeneration of bone tissue. Although your restoration may periodically need to be replaced, with proper care, your implants can last a lifetime and make replacing your prosthetic teeth much simpler.

Patient Requirements for Implants

Candidates for dental implant surgery must:

  • Have sufficient jawbone tissue
  • Be free from periodontal disease
  • Be non-smokers, or willing to give up smoking
  • Have good oral and overall health

Pre-Implant Considerations

Our doctors evaluate each implant candidate to ensure their mouth can support this type of therapy. Some of the common pre-implant procedures include:

  • Ridge augmentation: The most common type of bone graft, this procedure recreates the natural contour of the gums and jaw after tooth extraction.
  • Connective tissue or soft tissue grafts: These procedures restore soft tissue lost due to gum recession.
  • Sinus lifts: This bone grafting procedure makes space between the sinus membrane and upper jaw for safe placement.
  • Periodontal treatment: We can resolve gum disease and other issues to create a healthy base for your implants.

A bone graft or other preparatory procedure will increase the overall success of your treatment. These procedures can make the difference between the success and failure of your implants.

Implant Timeline

Typical Implant treatment takes about six months. The first step is a consultation, during which you and your doctor will discuss your goals and the different treatments we offer. The next step is the dental implant surgery appointment, at which point your doctor will place one or more implants, depending on your needs. Once the implant has fully fused with the jawbone, your doctor attaches an abutment piece to the implant. Once the gums have healed, he takes a series of impressions. The impressions are sent to a lab, where a custom restoration is made and usually completed in about four weeks. Finally, the restoration is attached to the implant and adjusted to function harmoniously in your mouth.

In some cases, we can offer a shortened treatment timeline using immediate-load implants. The implant can be placed the same day as the tooth is extracted. If the stability of the implant is adequate, a provisional crown or bridge can also be placed at the same appointment. We will determine if this approach is appropriate for you.

Implant Dentures

At Legacy Dental Group, we offer both traditional and implant-supported dentures. In some cases, we can convert your traditional dentures into implant dentures held in place with two dental implants. This cost-saving method allows you to experience the benefits of implant-supported dentures without having to replace your existing restoration.

Restore Your Smile 

The doctors at Legacy Dental Group are uniquely qualified to provide your dental implant treatment. Our practice offers everything from the initial consultation to the final placement of your restoration. We work with a trusted lab to create high-quality restorations, and our commitment to continuing education means you can benefit from the latest implant technology. Call us at (248) 644-3131 or contact us online today to schedule a consultation and find out if dental implants are right for you.

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"This is absolutely the best dentist in the Birmingham area. You won’t believe the transformation of your smile."

-Christophe D.
Satisfied Patient