Missing teeth? Dental implants provide a natural, lasting solution! | Dr. Mahnke, DDS

Do you try to hide your smile because of a missing tooth?

People with missing teeth are usually so self-conscious they tend to hide their beautiful smiles. Considered the “gold standard” by dentists, dental implants are often the best solution for teeth replacement. With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to Dr. Mahnke in his Bay City dental practice for routine dental care, they can last a lifetime!

To begin the process, Dr. Mahnke will either place the tiny titanium post in the jaw bone or, if necessary, coordinate with a local oral surgeon. Following a healing period, he then attaches a crown or prosthetic tooth to it, designed specifically for the patient. The replacement has the look and feel of an actual tooth. It functions like a natural tooth, and there are no health risks involved. Until the healing process from post implantation is over, sometimes a temporary implant is used. This allows the patient to function normally.

Patients may be concerned about pain and discomfort. The dental implant procedure typically produces no more discomfort than having a tooth extraction. Typically, patients may experience minor swelling and tenderness for two to three days after their procedure.

The cost for dental implants depends upon the oral condition of the patient, and the number of implants being placed. Dr. Mahnke will conduct an assessment and make the proper recommendations based on his findings. While dental implants usually cost more up front, they will be cost effective in the long run for most patients and provide the most comfortable, natural tooth replacement. In some cases, dental insurance may cover a portion of the total cost- Dr. Mahnke and his staff will work with each patient to maximize their health benefits and set up payment plans when possible through CareCredit.

There are no more reasons to hide your smile because of missing teeth! There is also no reason to put up with improper-fitting dentures. With dental implants, patients have a “natural” replacement for missing teeth that is comfortable and long lasting- no more concerns over slipping dentures when eating.