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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 dental 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:
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
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.
Let cosmetic dentistry in Redford, MI, finally give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of having.
Do you want to show off that smile, particularly around the holiday season? While you may not have been born with the perfect smile, it doesn’t mean you can’t get it when you turn to our Redford, MI, cosmetic dentist Dr. Laurie Mulka. Find out how cosmetic dentistry could improve the color, shape and size of your smile so that you find yourself smiling more often.
Do you want to brighten your smile?
If you have stains caused by years of drinking coffee, enjoying red wine or smoking cigarettes, then professional teeth whitening in Redford, MI, could help out your smile! This is the most effective and fastest way to remove external stains. In fact, in just one whitening session we could get some smiles several shades whiter.
Of course, if you have internal stains caused by certain medications, excessive fluoride use or direct trauma to the tooth, these stains won’t respond to professional whitening; however, they can be covered over with dental bonding or porcelain veneers (depending on the severity of the stains).
Do you have minor imperfections?
Not everyone looking to get cosmetic dentistry is dealing with serious flaws in their smile. Sometimes you just want to cover up a small chip or a minor gap between your teeth but you don’t want to go through expensive or time-consuming treatments. Now you don’t have to. We offer everything from dental bonding and tooth reshaping/contouring, as well as dental veneers for more serious imperfections that non-invasive options like bonding and recontouring won’t be able to tackle.
Bonding uses a tooth-colored resin to hide cracks, gaps, stains and chips to improve the shape and color of your teeth. Bonding is often done in conjunction with tooth reshaping, where we remove minor amounts of enamel to alter the shape or size of a tooth to better your smile’s appearance.
Do you have a missing tooth?
We make it easy to replace one or more missing teeth. If you want to get your smile back fast, then consider getting dentures. If you want a more secure way to replace one or more teeth in a row, then dental bridges could be your best option, and if you want replacement teeth with a restoration that acts just like a real tooth then dental implants will be exactly what you are looking for.
Who doesn’t love smiling? If you would like to do it more but you feel self-conscious about your teeth, then it’s time to find out how our Redford, MI, family dentist, Dr. Mulka, can help you. Call us today to schedule your consultation.