Dental Implants Bay City MI

Dr. Mahnke is a general dentist in Bay City, MI with advanced training to solve complex dental problems. For missing teeth, Dr. Mahnke offers replacement options using dental implants. Dr. Mahnke will coordinate your entire dental implant treatment plan. He may place the dental implant himself or work with a specialist depending on your specific needs.

What can dental implants do?

Dental implants are a secure, natural-looking option to replace missing teeth. Many patients prefer implants to other prosthetics because they look and feel just like natural teeth. Dental implants can renew your appearance, rejuvenate your oral health, and return your ability to eat, laugh, and smile with confidence.

A dental implant replaces the root of the missing tooth and will help to prevent bone loss that occurs when a tooth is missing. A significant benefit of dental implants is that they can replace a missing tooth without involving adjacent teeth. And dental implants can be used to replace one or an entire set of missing teeth.

The Dental Implant Process

For most patients, dental implant placement involves two procedures:

  • First, the dental implant, a tiny titanium post, is surgically placed into the jawbone. The healing process generally takes three to six months. The dentist may place a temporary restoration onto the dental implant during the healing process to replace aesthetics and function.

  • The second part of the dental implant procedure involves the implant restoration. The dentist will uncover the dental implant and attach an abutment. The replacement tooth or teeth will be attached to the abutment for a permanent restoration. In the case of a single missing tooth, the dentist will use a dental crown. For two or more missing teeth, the dentist may use a dental bridge or denture.

Dental Implant FAQs

Are Dental Implants painful?
Patients are often amazed at how comfortable they were during and after their treatment. The actual dental implant procedure is often less painful than having an extraction. You are likely to experience some tenderness and swelling immediately following the procedure, but these symptoms should subside within 2 – 3 days.

How much do Dental Implants cost?
The cost of dental implants is a concern for many patients. When considering the dental implant procedure, it is important to look at the long term benefits that dental implants provide. Dental implants are less likely to need repairs and maintenance in the future. Compared to dentures, dental implants offer significantly better results in terms of quality of life.

Your dental insurance may cover part of the cost for dental implants. We accept all dental insurance and will contact your provider to check your benefits. Dr. Mahnke also offers affordable financing options through CareCredit.

I have more than one missing tooth, can I still use dental implants?
Yes, a dental implant can be used to replace one missing tooth or all of your missing teeth by supporting a denture or over-bridge. If the dental implants are being used to support a denture or over-bridge, Dr. Mahnke may place as few as four dental implants to secure the restoration.

Schedule an Appointment

Trying to find a dentist in the Bay City or the surrounding area? Dr. Mahnke may be the right dentist to solve your complex dental problems. Find out what treatments are right for you, call 989.272.2478 or request an appointment online.