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Many patients choose implants to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or to support a full set of dentures.  Implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jaw where they function as an anchor for the replacement teeth.  Most patients find that an implant is secure and stable, however, implants are not an option for everyone.  Due to the involvement of surgery, patients should be in good overall health.  They must have adequate bone support for the implant, or have surgery to build up bone in the area.  Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or leukemia, may slow healing after surgery.  Tobacco use can also slow healing.  We can help you decide whether implant treatment is a good option for you.


What's Involved?


There are many different kinds of implants.  Treatment can take only one day, or it can take several months, or somewhere in between.  We can outline a treatment plan that is most likely to be successful for you. 


There are three general phases of implant treatment:

  1. Placement of the implant:  We surgically place the implant into the jawbone.  There may be some swelling and/or tenderness after the surgery, so pain medication is usually prescribed  to ease the discomfort.  We may recommend a diet of soft foods during the healing process. 

  2. The healing process:  What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place.  This process takes time.  Some patients might need to wait until the implant is completely healed, up to several months, before replacement teeth can be attach to the implant.  Other patients can have the implants and replacement teeth placed all in one visit.

  3. Replacing your missing tooth or teeth (prosthesis):  We will custom make a crown, bridge or dentures to fit your mouth and your implants.  Once completed, the man-made teeth are attached to the implant posts.

The prosthesis usually takes some time to make.  In the meantime, we may give you a temporary crown, bridge or denture.  This can help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready. 

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Gantz Dental

4005 Highland Rd, Waterford, MI 48328
(248) 218-2691