Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Dental implants recreate the appearance, functionality and feel of natural teeth. Placed by your Livonia, MI, dentist serving Livonia, Dr. Laurie Mulka, implants are today's best tooth replacement choices because they rebuild bone and stabilize single or multiple teeth or even a full denture. Could dental implants be right for your smile?
What's different about a dental implant?
Dental implants differ from traditional bridges and dentures because they fully integrate into the jaw bone below the gum line. This process is known as osseointegration, a inseparable bond between human bone cells and titanium metal. The jaw bone begins fusing with the implant device--either screw or cylinder--as soon as Dr. Mulka places it during an in-office oral surgery at Mulka Dental.
While healing can take many weeks, the implant readily accepts an extension post, porcelain crown (or other prosthetic such as a bridge), and the tremendous pressure exerted during normal biting and chewing. In fact, normal oral functions actually exercise the implant site, strengthening it.
Qualifying for a dental implant
The Academy of Osseointegration says that the ideal implant patient:
- Has good systemic health
- Does not smoke (tobacco causes an infection called peri-implantitis which endangers implant retention)
- Has adequate jaw bone density and size
- Keeps good oral hygiene habits at home and comes to the dental office every six months for exams and cleanings
This last qualification is critical to dental implant success. At Mulka Dental in Livonia and serving Livonia, your professional team will X-ray your jaw and take a special CT scan to be sure you have adequate bone and to locate structures such as nerves and sinuses to facilitate the required oral surgery.
If you're a good candidate, expect your treatment to take a few months from evaluation to placement to completion of the implant.
Other uses of dental implants
While the single-tooth prosthetic is the most common implant procedure, highly-qualified dentists, such as Dr. Mulka, also use implants to stabilize bridgework, partial dentures and full dentures. Full dentures may be removable or fixed, depending on unique patient needs.
In addition, Dr. Mulka offers mini-dental implants, a slender version of the full-sized implant device. These smaller implants work well for denture patients and for people with thinner bone in the jaw.
Find out more
If you'd like to fill smile gaps or think you have extractions in your future, contact Mulka Dental in Livonia and serving Livonia, MI, to set-up an implant consultation with Dr. Laurie Mulka. Together, you'll arrive at a treatment plan which will restore your smile aesthetics and give you well-functioning teeth for life. Phone the office team at (248) 482-7020.