Dental Implants In Rochester Hills, MI

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants from Oakridge Dental Center are the best way to permanently restore missing teeth in Rochester Hills, MI. A dental implant consists of a small piece of titanium metal that’s surgically placed into the area where you’ve lost a tooth. Over time, this metal heals with the surrounding tissue. This allows it to function as an artificial tooth root and support one or more false teeth.

One implant can be used to replace a single missing tooth, or multiple implants can be used to replace a full row of missing teeth. Dr. Robert Haddad and Dr. Samer Obeid are experts in dental implant treatment. If you’d like to learn more about dental implants, give us a call at (248) 652-1100 to schedule a consultation today.

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Consultation and exam

To begin the process, you’ll meet with Dr. Obeid or Dr. Haddad for a consultation and oral exam. Your dentist will determine if you’re a good candidate for implant treatment. Then, once you’re approved, your Rochester Hills dentist at Oakridge Dental Center will begin creating your dental implant treatment plan.

Placing your dental implants

At your next appointment, your dentist will clean and numb your mouth, then create an opening in the area where you’ve lost a tooth. They will place a small metal dental implant in this area, then suture the area shut. This process will be repeated if you’re getting multiple implants.

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Recovery and healing

It takes a couple of weeks to heal from your initial treatment. However, it may take up to 3-6 months for your implant to permanently bond (osseointegrate) with the jaw bone. You’ll come back to our office for checkups during this time.

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Implant restoration

As you recover and heal, Dr. Obeid or Dr. Haddad will also begin fitting you for a dental implant restoration, such as a dental crown. Once your implant has healed completely, you’ll come back to our office one last time. Your dentist will place your restoration on your dental implant, then send you home to enjoy your newly-restored smile.

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Dental Implant Restoration Options

Single-tooth implants

Single-tooth implants are the most common. They use one dental implant and one dental crown (false tooth) to restore one missing tooth. If you’re missing more than one tooth but your remaining teeth are healthy, you may need multiple single-tooth implants.

Full-arch restorations

If you’ve lost most or all of your teeth, full-arch restorations may be a better option for you. In this procedure, 4-6 dental implants are placed in the upper, lower, or both rows of teeth. Then, once they heal, these implants can be used to support a set of fixed or removable implant-supported dentures.

Am I A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?

Most patients qualify for dental implants. As long as your mouth is healthy and your jaw bone is strong and dense enough to support implants, you can permanently replace your teeth. Patients who have experienced jaw bone resorption due to tooth loss may still qualify, but additional treatments like bone grafting may be necessary. For more information and to see if you’re a good candidate, we recommend scheduling a consultation with the team at Oakridge Dental Center.