What are Implants?

A dental implant is a small “anchor” made of titanium that is inserted into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth root. After osseointegration (when the surrounding bone has healed to the implant), a replacement tooth is fabricated out of porcelain and is secured to the top of the implant. This new, permanent tooth, looks, feels and performs similar to your natural teeth.

What are Implants?
What are the benefits of Dental Implants?
  • Maintain anatomy. If you have missing teeth, the bone begins to shrink over time. Unhealthy bone loss can make your jaw line recede and change your facial structure. Dental implants can help prevent deterioration of the jawbone so your face retains its natural shape.
  • Keep your healthy teeth. A better long-term alternative to bridgework, dental implants eliminates the need to grind down healthy teeth when replacing one or more adjacent teeth. Your own natural healthy teeth are not compromised when using implants.
  • Security. Securely anchored dental implants do not slip or move. This eliminates some of the key problems of dentures, including poor fit, gum irritation and pain from exposed nerves. The implant result is superior comfort, reliability and freedom from embarrassment.

Why Choose Wesley Dental for your Dental Implant Procedure?

When choosing Wesley Dental for your Implant needs, you can expect to be serviced here, in the comfort of our office, from start to finish. Equipped with the latest advanced technology; Cad-Cam Dental Software, 3D Imaging and Printing, and Digital Radiography, Dr. Wesley and his highly skilled team are able to raise the standard of care by following each step of your implant procedure personally rather then relying on off-site facilities. Utilizing the above diagnostic tools allows Dr. Wesley to create surgical guides for exact implant placement. Implants can now be placed in areas that were once uncertain. The end result is a higher success rate for all our implant procedures. Integrating these implant techniques provides a comprehensive approach to diagnosing, treatment planning, fabricating and maintaining the dental needs of each patient regardless of the eventual implant procedure performed. Dr. Wesley is one of 2% of all dentists currently using this method in the United States. Dental implants are a safe, medically proven, esthetics alternative to traditional crowns, bridgework, and dentures. Because implant restorations look and feel more like natural teeth, they offer new levels of comfort, security and confidence over traditional treatments. Dr. Wesley has been using his Implant Prosthodontic certification training (the specialty of full-mouth restoration and correct oral function) to help provide the quality of care his patients deserve by solving their implant restorative needs for 29 years. Make an appointment today and Dr. Wesley will determine if you are a good candidate for an implant procedure.

Dr. Wesley was able to successfully place implants when others told me it couldn’t be done. I love my new teeth!

Maria G. | Rochester Hills

What is involved in the Implant Procedure?

The dental implant process involves several steps that take place over a period of time that averages from 3-6 months. The typical implant process will include:

  • Pre-treatment consultation. After a careful evaluation of your dental and medical history, a CT Scan will be taken and processed on-site to help Dr. Wesley determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. If you are, you will then have thorough consultations with Dr. Wesley about the implant surgical and prosthetic procedures before treatment begins.
  • Initial implant placement. Dr. Wesley surgically places the dental implant into your jaw while you are under either local or general anesthesia. Over the next several weeks, bone will heal to the surface of the implant, anchoring it in to position. Depending on your particular case, an additional minor procedure creates an opening through which your artificial tooth will emerge.
  • Implant prosthetic attachment. During this phase, Dr. Wesley painlessly attaches a prosthetic “post” to the implant. An impression will be taken, and soon after, an artificial replacement tooth will be digitally designed and fabricated on-site for natural implant restoration.
  • Proper maintenance. Dr. Wesley will guide you on the proper care and maintenance of your new implants before, during and after the procedure. By following a regular routine of careful oral hygiene and regular checkups, your implants will look, function and feel great for many years to come.

 

Implants, a natural, beautiful solution for confident living! Wesley Dental welcomes the opportunity to serve you and help restore your beautiful smile!

Dr. Wesley and his team recently completed two extractions, one new implant, and a crown replacement, all in one setting. The worst part of the experience was my nervousness before the treatment. Everything went great, with no pain during or after the surgery, hardly any swelling, and little discomfort. Using their laser scanning technology they were able to make a permanent crown for me and fit it without any finessing required… the same day! Great job Team Wesley!

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