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Walled Lake, MI area dentist explains the dental implant procedure


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Richard S. Bernstein, DDS of the Walled Lake, MI area may suggest patients consider dental implants when they want to restore their smiles. Dental implants are titanium posts that are used to support a dental crown, bridge, or denture when teeth are missing. Dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement, and many patients are good candidates.

Many patients are interested in learning more about the dental implant procedure. The first step of replacing a tooth with dental implants is to determine if patients are well suited for the procedure. During a physical examination, patients may also undergo a series of x-rays to determine how much bone is available for the placement of the implants. Bone structure is important, as it is how the implant derives its strength and stability. Without enough bone, patients may need to consider bone grafting or alternative restoration options such as dentures or dental bridges.

Once it has been determined that patients are appropriate candidates, the first appointment is scheduled. During this appointment, patients will have the dental implant placed during an oral surgery. This procedure allows the dentist to place the implant into the jawbone.

After this, there is a healing period needed to ensure that the process of osseointegration occurs. This is when the natural bone is stimulated in growth and fuses to the implant.

In several months, after the dental implant is firmly in place and the healing period has occurred, the patient will revisit Richard S. Bernstein, DDS for the placement of an abutment. This is an extension added to the implant, which allows for the application of the crown, bridge, or denture. Once this has been done, the patient can enjoy the final changes of their new replacement tooth.

The entire process can take many months, but most of it is devoted to the osseointegration process. However, patients can enjoy temporary replacements during this time, which can disguise the implant and maintain the function and beauty of the smile throughout the process.


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