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By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
December 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

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.

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
September 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants are the modern, effective way to replace missing teeth. A true artificial tooth in every sense, an implant resides in the jaw bone, strengthening it and providing superior anchorage for a metal extension post and porcelain crown. Dr. Laurie Mulka places dentalDental Implant implants and innovative mini-implants in qualified patients right at her office in Redford. These prosthetics are just another way Mulka Dental keeps patients healthy and smiling.

Details on the dental implant

The dental implant differs from traditional bridgework and dentures in several ways:

  1. Dr. Mulka inserts the implant right into the jaw bone. Conventional tooth replacements simply set on top of the gums and are anchored by clasps, crowns or the natural suction of the mouth (in the case of full dentures).
  2. Dental implants are made from titanium, a metal which attracts and bonds with human bone. This bonding process, called osseointegration, takes many weeks to achieve, but when complete, it creates a strong bond between the prosthetic and the bone.
  3. Traditional tooth replacements last about a decade, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness. However, dental implants last for 40 or 50 years--in other words, a lifetime for most patients.
  4. Dental implants improve jaw bone size and density. Conventional bridges and dentures do not. In fact, they tend to wear down the teeth which anchor them.
  5. Dental implants cost more than other tooth replacements. However, failure rate for implants is low, particularly when patients keep them clean (through brushing, flossing and professional cleanings), have strong underlying bone and do not smoke.

The mini-implant
Dr. Mulka also places innovative mini-implants. Smaller in length and diameter than traditional implant devices, the mini-implant anchors full and partial dentures and bridges. Because it is a smaller device, the patient requires less bone for successful placement and retention.
The painless process
To determine your candidacy for a dental implant procedure, Dr. Mulka will do a complete oral examination and take X-rays to ensure you have adequate bone in your jaw. (If the jaw is weak due to long-time tooth loss or osteoporosis, the dentist may use donor tissue or other processes to augment the bone.)
If all is well, Dr. Mulka will use locally injected pain medication to numb the area and then create an access hole in the jaw bone. She'll insert the implant into the bone and suture the gums closed. Osseointegration begins right away and continues for many weeks. On your return visit, she'll reopen the gums and bond on the metal alloy post and customized porcelain crown.
Placement of mini-implants is quicker. In fact, Dr. Mulka can insert these small devices and snap-on your full or partial denture in just one visit. Amazing!
Learn more
The staff at Mulka Dental invite you to explore the possibilities presented by innovative dental implant technology. Call the office today for your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Mulka: (248) 482-7020.

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
May 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How dental implants from your Redford dentist can improve your smiledental implants

If you are missing teeth, you may already be wearing a denture or you may have thought about dental implants. You need to consider a new, innovative treatment to complete your smile; it’s called mini-implants! This revolutionary new implant procedure can restore your smile to greatness. Dr. Laurie Mulka in Redford, MI, wants to share the facts about how mini-implants may save your teeth and your smile.

Mini-implants have several advantages over conventional full implants. Consider:

  • Mini-implants are usually far less expensive than full implants
  • Mini-implants can be placed in one visit, saving you time and money
  • Mini-implants are less invasive because they don’t require a surgical flap procedure or sutures

Like full implants, mini-implants can replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, and can also support a denture.

Dr. Mulka can discuss whether mini-implants are the right choice for you, or whether you should consider full implants. Full implants require more of a healing period before an implant crown can be placed, but the result is amazing!

When you compare dental implants to conventional methods of tooth replacement like bridges, partials or dentures, you will find that dental implants are:

  • Stable, because they are embedded in bone and won’t move around
  • Natural looking, because they look and feel just like your existing teeth
  • Convenient, because you brush and floss them just like your natural teeth

Your dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care, and they won’t ever stain or decay, giving you a lifetime of beautiful smiles. Unlike dentures or partials, implants don’t put pressure on your jaw, which helps to conserve bone, giving you a firm jawline and more youthful face.

Mini-implants and full implants can save your teeth and your smile. You deserve your best smile, and you can achieve it with dental implants. For more information about mini-implants and full implants, call Dr. Mulka in Redford, MI. Protect your smile and your self-confidence by calling today!

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
March 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Regardless if you are missing one or many teeth, you may feel embarrassed about your smile. Perhaps chewing or even speaking has become more difficult. Luckily, you can help you fill in the gaps with dental implants. Learn more about dental implants with help from Dental Implants your Redford, MI dentist. 

The Parts of a Dental Implant
Dental implants replace not only a missing tooth, but its root as well. To best understand how the implant process works, it is easiest to start with the parts of a dental implant. They include:

  • Implant Fixture: The fixture is a small post which is implanted into the bone underneath the missing tooth’s gum line. This becomes the tooth’s new root, permanently anchoring the prosthetic tooth into place.
  • Abutment: The implant’s abutment serves as a connector between the fixture and the new tooth. It lies above the gum line.
  • Prosthesis: A dental crown covers the abutment to permanently replace a missing tooth. While a single dental implant replaces a single tooth, several implants can hold a dental appliance like a denture in place. A denture-supported implant is best for patients who have lost all or most of their teeth.

The Procedure 
The first phase of the procedure for dental implants involves surgery to implant the fixture into the bone. Over the next few months, the fixture integrates into the bone, fusing together to form a sturdy and permanent foundation. After successful integration, phase two begins. At your next appointment, your Redford dentist attaches the abutment to the fixture and the prosthesis to the abutment. At this point, you can use your new teeth to chew, eat, speak and smile normally.

The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have many benefits. Implants are totally permanent, meaning your teeth will stay in your mouth where they belong. Caring for implants is as easy as brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once. Additionally, scheduling dental examinations and cleanings at least twice a year helps keep your implants and natural teeth in their best working condition.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Laurie Mulka in Redford, MI. Call (313) 937-1520 to speak with an associate about scheduling a consultation today!