Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
Replacing Teeth in East Lansing
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
Are You Ready to Reclaim Confidence in Your Smile?
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Dwight is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Dr. Dwight performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
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Patient Review by Clara A
Dr. Dwight increased my quality of life for the past 24 years with the implant he placed for me! I could chew as if it were my own tooth. I really appreciate everything he did for me!
- Clara A
Patient Review by Sharron M
Dr. Dwight has been the oral surgeon for my family and me for the past 10 years. Our family dentist and orthodontist recommended him and his staff due to his expertise. Over the years, my family and I have been treated for simple extractions, wisdom teeth extractions, implants, and complicated dental procedures. He and his staff have always been friendly, professional, caring, and honest with us. Through my complicated dental situations, Dr. Dwight has always made me feel at ease. He explained my options, the cost, and coordinated the entire treatment plan with my family dentist. I plan to continue as his patient, and I highly recommend Dr. Dwight and his office staff for anyone who needs the services of an oral surgeon.
- Sharron M
Patient Review by Debby T
I am 59 years old. Dr. Dwight is by far and away the best Dental professional I have ever had. He is simply amazing! I had an appointment a couple days ago, and he was so kind, funny, and professional. He is a wonderful man - you could not be in better hands! Three years ago a general dentist destroyed my teeth, my bite, and my ability to eat. While searching on the Internet for help, I came across Dr. Dwight. That was the best thing that ever happened to me! When I was younger I was very beautiful and had perfect teeth. Dr. Dwight was so kind and professional to fix the disaster the general dentist caused. While I have been under his care I have not had problems of any kind. I would highly recommend Dr. Gary Dwight to do any and all of your oral surgery needs. He is a wonderful man and surgeon. I am so grateful to have found him I simply don't have enough words to convey everything he did for me. He is absolutely the best of the best!
- Debby T