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Dental Implants – Chelsea, MI

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If you’re feeling self-conscious about missing teeth, you may find it difficult to maintain a confident smile. In fact, having a confident smile can make a huge difference in your self-esteem, social life, and career. When compared to other forms of tooth replacement, dental implants are really the closest thing to having your natural teeth and being able to enjoy the foods you love as well as speak clearly to friends and family. Looking for a specialist who can complete the entire process in one dental office? Call Healthy Smiles Dental Care of Chelsea today for dental implants in Chelsea, MI!

Why Choose Healthy Smiles Dental Care for Dental Implants?

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What is a Dental Implant?

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Dental implants are small posts used to support dental restorations. They essentially act as prosthetic roots for teeth. Most implant posts are made from medical-grade titanium, which can be safely placed into the jawbone and hidden underneath gum tissue. In order for the implant to fully integrate with the jaw, several months of healing is needed. However, once it has fully healed, you can expect firm and confident support for a variety of restorations, including crowns, bridges, and even dentures.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Indications of Dental Implants

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Whether you already have missing teeth and are looking for solutions or you need to have a tooth extracted and you want to maintain as much of your natural bone tissue as possible, patients in both circumstances can benefit from their use. With that said, you should have healthy gums and a strong enough jaw to support implant posts. Furthermore, there are treatments available that can help you become eligible to receive dental implants, such as bone grafting, but this will depend on your needs.

Missing One Tooth

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Whether it’s a molar or a tooth visible in your smile, we can replace it with a crown and implant. Generally, this option is the best alternative to a dental bridge, which involves removing existing enamel from your natural teeth in order to place. This makes dental implants a great option if you’d prefer to leave your existing teeth intact.

Missing Multiple Teeth

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Keep in mind that dental bridges do not have to be anchored to natural teeth. For example, if you have multiple consecutive missing teeth, it’s possible to create a bridge that’s supported by dental implants! Two crowns are used to make up the bridge and sit on top of a pair of implant posts. These implants hold the replacement teeth between them, all without needing to modify your natural teeth sitting adjacent to the gap.

Missing All of Your Teeth

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One of the major benefits of dental implants is that you don’t have to receive a dedicated implant for each tooth you’ve lost. In fact, in most cases we can replace a full implant-supported denture with just 4 to 8 implants and still ensure positive jaw health. While some implant dentures can be removed, most implant-retained versions are designed to remain in place. Taking care of them is easier this way; just brush and floss as if you had your natural teeth!

All-on-4/ Teeth-in-a-Day

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With traditional dental implants, you’d need to wait several months before a restoration can be placed on top. With the All-on-4 treatment, which is also known as “Teeth-in-a-Day,” you can skip the wait time just to receive your new denture. To do this, we place the implants at specific angles that make the most of your existing bone tissue. This way, a temporary denture can be attached while the permanent denture is being designed and fabricated.

Mini Dental Implants

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While mini dental implants may be small, they are quite mighty in their functionality. For one, smaller implant posts do not require complex surgery. Plus, they can reduce the amount of necessary healing from months to mere days! If you do not want to pay for a bone graft or reduce discomfort from your treatment, they are a great alternative for patients. What’s even more notable is that they can be placed in a single day and allow you to eat like you normally do. During your consultation, feel free to ask us about mini implants to see if they’re right for you!

Cost of Dental Implants

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When you choose dental implants to replace your missing teeth, you’re choosing a long-term solution that will improve your health, confidence, and overall quality of life for many years to come. It’s important to think about all the different factors that can affect the cost of implants as well as the benefits that make the treatment worthwhile. Below is a brief outline of the different parts of the implant process and how they affect the total that you pay.

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Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

You can only get dental implants if your mouth is free of gum disease and if your jawbone has enough density to support the posts. For this reason, you might have to budget in gum disease therapy and bone grafts as part of the implant process. Also, if the tooth you’re replacing is still in your  mouth, you’ll have to pay for the extraction as well.

Dental implant surgery will have its own cost. The exact amount you pay will vary depending on how many implant posts you need. The use of anesthesia during the surgery may increase costs. Bear in mind that since the surgery is handled by an outside specialist, the fee for the treatment is separate from the fee for restoration.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

Dental implants consist of a post that is inserted into the jaw, an abutment, and a restoration. The materials used to make each of these components will impact the final cost. Most dental implants are made out of high-quality titanium that can easily fuse with the jawbone and last for decades with minimal maintenance. On the rare occasion that you have a titanium allergy, you might receive zirconia implants instead. The restorations we provide will normally be made out of lifelike, durable ceramic materials.

Final Dental Implant Restoration

The cost of your implant restoration will depend on the type you need:

  • Patients who are only getting a single implant to replace one tooth will get a customized dental crown.
  • A dental bridge will let you replace three or more teeth in a row with just two dental implants.
  • Partial dentures can be anchored to a strategic number of implants to replace teeth in multiple areas of the mouth.
  • Four to eight implants can support a full denture in order to replace an entire arch of teeth.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Many major insurance plans do not pay for implants, considering them a cosmetic procedure. Some plans will offer some coverage, however, so it’s important to double-check your benefits. Our team can go over the details of your plan with you to figure out what your plan is willing to pay. Keep in mind that even if implant surgery isn’t covered, certain parts of the procedure like preliminary treatment might be partially paid for. Click here to learn more about insurance and how it’s used at our practice.

 

Making Dental Implants Affordable

You do have a variety of options to pay for dental implants even if you don’t have insurance. For example, you can sign up for our in-house dental savings plan. There are no premiums, deductibles, or annual maximums to stress over. Instead, you pay your yearly membership fee to enjoy discounts on implants and other services. We can also help you apply for dental financing so that you can break the cost of your care into smaller, more manageable chunks that you can pay on a monthly basis.

Dental Implant FAQs

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Are you wondering what your life will be like with dental implants in Chelsea? As one of the most highly recommended tooth replacement treatments, dental implants have a lot to offer, and we don’t want you to miss out on their benefits! That’s why we’ve included a list of some of the most commonly asked questions that we receive from our patients below. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for, feel free to call our office to ask!

How long do dental implants last?

With the proper daily care and maintenance, dental implants have been proven to last up to 35 years (and sometimes longer!). The key is to stay on top of your normal oral hygiene routine at home and continue visiting your dentist in Chelsea every six months for checkups and cleanings to make sure your restorations and implants are healthy and functioning properly.

Can I take dental implants out?

Dental implants themselves are fused with your jawbone through a process called osseointegration, which gives them their lifelike look and feel. Because of this natural bond, you won’t be able to remove your implant posts, but if a complication occurs, an oral surgeon can remove them. Otherwise, you can attach removable prosthetics to your implants so you can easily take them out and clean them, just like you would be able to with traditional dentures.

How successful are dental implants?

Over the last few decades, the dental implant procedure has been nearly perfected and boasts an impressive 98 percent success rate. Your implants are the most vulnerable as they’re integrating with your jawbone, which is why it’s crucial to follow your dentist’s tips for success after your surgery.

How can I tell if my dental implant is failing?

There are several signs that your dental implants could be failing, including:

As long as you keep up with your oral hygiene, you should be able to avoid implant failure. If you have conditions like bruxism, be sure to mention it during your initial consultation so we can take steps to improve your chances of a successful dental implant treatment.

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