If you’re feeling embarrassed about a missing tooth, consider the long-term benefits of dental implants. Dr. William Schiro offers dental implant surgery at Michigan Maxillofacial Surgery and Implant Center in Lansing, Michigan to replace missing teeth and restore your brilliant smile. Dental implants look natural and provide long-term benefits to protect your oral health. Find out if dental implants are right for you or your family member by calling Dr. Schiro’s office.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are natural-looking, artificial teeth that attach to a surgically implanted post in your jaw. Implants work just like your natural teeth and can be a more effective and convenient alternative to dentures.
Implants offer a strong foundation for your teeth and help preserve the structure of your jawbone. Dr. Schiro creates custom dental implants to replace one or multiple teeth lost to injury, decay, or disease.
How does dental implant surgery work?
Dental implant surgery is a multistep procedure. Initially, Dr. Schiro must ensure your jawbone is healthy enough to accommodate an implant. If not, he must first prepare your jaw by using a graft of bone taken from another area of your mouth.
Next, Dr. Schiro surgically implants a titanium post into your jaw to support your new tooth. He can administer anesthesia before the procedure to ensure your comfort.
Following the implant surgery, you require several months to heal as your bone fuses to the implant. In the meantime, Dr. Schiro sends specifications about your tooth shape and color to a dental laboratory that creates your new tooth.
During your final visit, Dr. Schiro re-evaluates the stability and health of your jaw and then permanently attaches your new tooth.
Are dental implants right for me?
During your consultation, Dr. Schiro uses advanced technology to create a custom treatment plan and assess your overall oral health. He uses this information to determine if dental implants are the best choice for you.
Implant surgery doesn’t offer instant results, but this dental procedure can improve your smile and restore the functionality of your teeth and jaw for the long term.
You’re most likely to be a good candidate for dental implants if you:
- Have good oral health
- Are free of gum disease
- Have sufficient jawbone to support the implanted post
Implants offer natural-looking results, are easy to maintain, and they're made of durable materials. That’s why you can expect them to last for many years, or even a lifetime, with proper brushing and flossing.
If you have dentures and find they’re inconvenient, you may want to consider dental implants because they don’t slip or fall out when eating, talking, or laughing.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Schiro by phone to learn more about the benefits of dental implant surgery.