What to Know About Dental Implants

Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.02.59 AMBay City, MI restorative dentist Dr. Daryl Mahnke offers his patients dental implants because they are the gold standard in missing tooth replacement. Dental implants provide a full range of oral health benefits and help patients to enjoy beautiful and healthy smiles.

What are dental implants?
Simply, dental implants are a tiny titanium screw. The screw is surgically implanted into your jaw and acts as a prosthetic tooth providing a long lasting treatment for missing teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?

Look and feel like natural teeth
Replaces root structure for stable oral foundation
Promotes bone regeneration
No special maintenance
Highly durable

What is the dental implant process?
For most patients, the dental implant procedure will take place in two procedures. The first of which will be the surgical implantation of the titanium screw into the jaw. At this time a temporary restoration may be placed for ease of chewing and speaking. The implant will take up to six months to heal. Once healed, the second procedure can take place. The second part of the dental implant treatment is the attachment of the abutment and replacement tooth, bridge or denture. Your restoration will be permanently secured for a lifetime of beautiful and functional smiles!
Are dental implants painful?
It is often surprising to our patients how comfortable the implant procedure is. Most of our patients say that it is no more painful than having g a tooth extracted. Though you may experience some swelling or discomfort following the procedures, symptoms should subside with a few days.
Are dental implants expensive?
Dental implants are a long-term investment in your health, appearance, and quality of life. Dental implants allow patients to enjoy years of beautiful smiles that they feel confident in sharing and using. While the upfront expense may be more expensive than other options, dental implants rarely need additional servicing or replacement. Dr. Mahnke offers patients payment options through CareCredit.
Can I use dental implants to replace more than one missing tooth?
Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth, multiple teeth or all of your teeth. Implants can support a denture or bridge helping to permanently secure the restoration for a stable bite and confident smile.

Schedule A Consultation

Dr. Mahnke will conduct a thorough oral health exam to determine your eligibility for dental implants. Together, you will build a treatment plan that will address your cosmetic and oral health concerns and that fits your budget and lifestyle. Our compassionate dental care team can help you maximize your insurance benefits and get you on the road back to oral health. Contact our Bay City dentist office or schedule a visit online.