New Smile. New Vibe.
Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. If you are reluctant to smile due to tooth damage, missing teeth, discoloration, or other cosmetic dental issues, it can change how people perceive you. Patients looking for Detroit cosmetic dentistry solutions can expect compassionate care and gorgeous results at Lakeshore Dental Specialists. We offer innovative treatment options to restore your smile and your confidence, from treatments for missing teeth to full smile restoration.
Dental implants typically consist of two parts: a metal post that attaches to the jawbone and a crown that attaches to the post to replace the missing tooth. Single post implants are usually the simplest way to replace a single missing tooth.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Your dental implant surgery begins with our dental specialists implanting your post. Following this, your mouth will need a short time to heal and let the post settle, usually a few weeks or months. Once our dentists have determined that your mouth looks good and the initial procedure has healed, your final crown will be attached to the post.
After the initial procedure, it may take three to five days for the swelling to go away completely. After that, your dentists will monitor your progress and determine when you’ll be ready for your crown to be attached to the post. There is usually no additional recovery time following the crown procedure, so you’ll be ready to try out your new tooth!
Once the implant settles and our dentists attach the crown, you’ll be ready to go for years to come! With proper care and maintenance, your crown can last between 10 and 15 years before needing replacement. The titanium post of a dental implant can last for the rest of your life.
Like traditional titanium dental implants, zygomatic dental implants are used to replace a single tooth. The main difference is in the length of the post. Zygomatic implants help those who suffer from upper jaw bone loss receive new teeth by attaching directly into the zygoma (cheekbone). That way, you can receive a beautiful new crown without having to worry about doing bone grafts or a sinus lift.
During your initial procedure, our dentists take the titanium post of the zygomatic implant and implant it into your cheekbone, where the bone grafts around it and locks it into place. Once the implant settles, you will return to have your crown placed properly on the post.
Like traditional implants, the longest part of the recovery time occurs while making sure the post grafts to the bone. Once this happens and your dentists approve the results, adding the crown usually does not add to the recovery time. You’ll be able to enjoy the feel of trying foods with your new crown the same day our dentists add it to the post.
The zygomatic posts are sturdy titanium and can last for life if properly maintained. Crowns usually last for 10-15 years before needing replacement. Your smile experts at Lakeshore Dental Specialists will give you detailed instructions on how to maximize the life of your zygomatic implant.
All-On-Four is a revolutionary way to replace multiple missing teeth (or even a full row of teeth) in a single procedure. As the name implies, a full arch of replacement teeth attaches to four posts that our dentists strategically position along the top or bottom of the jaw, putting all the arch on those four posts. This results in a much more streamlined procedure than creating individual posts or bridges for multiple missing teeth.
Once our doctors make sure they have your size just right, they’ll attach four posts to your jawbone at precise angles to ensure a perfect fit. Then, they will attach a test set of teeth to the four posts while you wait for your final arch to arrive. When it does, you’ll get to swap out the test teeth for a beautiful new smile that will last for years!
You will experience some tenderness following the post implantation process. Your dentists will provide you a detailed timeline during your consultation so you know what to expect and when to expect it.
You will need to adjust to having teeth again following your All-on-Four procedure. While your new teeth will look just like normal teeth, they’ll feel different. However, after adjusting to the feel of your new arch, you’ll be able to speak, eat, and smile with confidence!
The dentists at Lakeshore Dental Implant Specialists in Detroit offer additional cosmetic treatments for patients missing teeth, including full or partial dentures, tooth-supported bridges, implant-supported bridges, and bone regeneration with implants. Each of these procedures has limitations and perks, so it’s important to go over them with your dentist during your consultation.
The dental implant specialists at Lakeshore love changing lives through innovative dental care. Together, we can create a personalized plan to restore your smile and improve your daily quality of life through cosmetic dentistry. To schedule an appointment, call (586) 777-0260 or fill out the form below. We look forward to seeing you smile!
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