Dental Implants in Ann Arbor
A Secure Way to Restore Health, Confidence, and Aesthetics
Dental implants are a popular tooth restoration solution for one or more missing teeth. Our oral surgeons are implant specialists who look forward to helping you achieve a healthy and complete smile.
What are Dental Implants in Ann Arbor, MI?
Dental implants are specially designed titanium inserts that fit in the jaw and heal in such a way that they can be used to support anything from a single tooth to an entire dental arch of missing teeth (All-on-4® treatment concept). Dental implants restore function and aesthetics lost with the missing teeth and will look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Many patients with dental implants forget which tooth is supported by the implant. The implant-supported teeth also restore a person’s confidence to smile, laugh, eat, and engage in activities in public. Patients with dental implants can eat all varieties of food—even corn on the cob, apples, and ribs!
Dental implant restorations commonly include three components:
- The implant is a titanium screw that is inserted into the jaw and will fuse to the bone to become the anchor for the prosthetic tooth.
- The abutment is the connecting piece between the implant and the prosthetic tooth.
- The crown or prosthesis is attached to the implant by way of the abutment. This piece mimics the function of a natural tooth and is designed to match the shape and color of adjacent teeth.
Why Should I Choose Dental Implants?
When confronted with the loss of a permanent tooth, there are several options available to replace the tooth, including tooth-supported bridges and traditional dentures. However, these options do not provide the long-term benefits that dental implants offer.
Dental implants provide the most natural tooth replacement and are the only solution that can mitigate many serious oral health problems associated with permanent tooth loss. Utilizing a tooth-supported fixed bridge is harmful to the supporting teeth because of the increased stress applied to them and may lead to loss of these teeth. Partial or complete dentures tend to be loose-fitting, bulky, and typically much less efficient for chewing, biting, and talking. They also contribute to bone loss in the jaw and can harm the natural dentition if not properly monitored. Patients will often complain about the food that will get trapped under the partial or complete denture, causing them to leave the table while eating to remove the debris.
Dental implants are self-supporting and do not rely on natural teeth for stability. Whereas other tooth replacement options must be replaced after several years of wear, dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime. They are the only option that preserves your jaw bone, other teeth, and overall oral health.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
The best way to tell if this permanent tooth replacement is right for you is to talk to one of our oral surgeons in Ann Arbor, MI, about dental implants. They are highly qualified to determine the best implant treatment plan for your needs. Your consultation will include a detailed history of your condition, a complete oral exam, and a review of X-rays and models of your jaw. Our oral surgeons will also consult with your restorative dentist to develop the best treatment plan for you.
We believe your best treatment outcome will come from a dedicated team including the oral surgeon, the restorative dentist, and the patient.
Dental Implants in Ann Arbor, MI
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and the various tooth replacement options available at our Ann Arbor, MI, office, we invite you to contact us at Michigan Oral Surgeons to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled surgeons. Our office and surgical staff members are happy to answer any questions you may have. Our goal is to ensure that you receive the high-quality care you deserve to restore your oral function and brilliant smile.
Denture Replacement With Dental ImplantsOur surgeons proudly offer implant-based restoration to patients who currently wear dentures but are looking for a long-term alternative. Dental implants can support a fixed denture that is custom made to look and feel natural in the mouth. With dental implants, the jaw bone receives stimulation and stays healthy, whereas traditional dentures do not prevent jaw bone atrophy.
With the all-on 4® treatment concept, we can eliminate the need for removable dentures by using four implant posts to secure a fixed prosthesis. Implants can also replace partial dentures with implant-supported bridges or multiple implants. If you wear dentures and desire a more comfortable and convenient alternative, contact our office today to learn about denture replacement in Ann Arbor, MI.
Hear From Dental Implant Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing dental implant treatment at our office.
Reviews From Our Dental Implant Patients
Leonard Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"I was referred here by my dentist during regular checkups that I had a bad tooth on the lower right side here that had to come out. Great office. The staff's all wonderful here. Jennifer, Dr. Sanker, everybody's nice. Dr. Sanker is very, very patient, makes you feel very comfortable, very at ease. He explains everything thoroughly. That makes you feel comfortable. He's a perfectionist. I had a very good experience here at Michigan Oral Surgeons, and I would recommend it for anybody."
Kristy Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"So, I have been a lifelong clencher of my teeth, and I was having a lot of pain, especially in the back of my jaw, and I came for the first consultation to have some teeth extracted. Both the staff within the office as well as the dentists were awesome. Dr. Lopez is extremely caring. I was very nervous the day I came in to see Dr. Lopez, and not only did he take the time but he explained step by step exactly what was going to be happening. Dr. Fear was also awesome. They both were very comforting and kind, and I should also mention, throughout the procedure, checking how — each step, are you comfortable? Was there anything that you need? The implants feel exactly like your natural teeth; you would never — even chewing, you would never notice any difference. I had a phenomenal experience here, and I would absolutely recommend Michigan Oral Surgeons to anybody having any issues whatsoever."
Beverly Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"I somehow broke a nerve in the tooth, and it was getting irritated. When I first came in, the experience was really great. The staff was friendly. It was a fun experience, believe it or not. Dr. Sanker is a sweetheart. Very pleasant and explains things to me, and we get along great. Surgery went great. I had no pain, I had no bleeding. I’ve had the extraction, he’s put the implant in, and I am waiting for it to heal. I would highly recommend Michigan Oral Surgeons. They did a fantastic job — very professional. The staff is great. The doctors are great, down-to-earth, and I can’t imagine going anywhere else."
Kris Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"I had had an infection in a tooth and needed it extracted, and I've since had the dental implant done about two months ago. These guys are wonderful, very friendly, make you feel very much at ease. I get hugs from one of the nurses, from one of the techs, all the time there. Dr. Lopez is a very nice surgeon. He's very cordial; he's very welcoming. He tells you everything that he's going to do, step by step. I'm pleased with the work; it's very comfortable. I had a wonderful experience at Michigan Oral Surgeons and would recommend it to anybody and would come back myself."
Yvette Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"I had the extraction done because I was having terrible pain in my mouth, and I needed my molar to chew, so I decided to have the implant done after that. When I arrived, the ladies at the office were so nice. They had me fill out some information, and then I got to meet Dr. Lopez, who put me at ease immediately. He is so friendly and kind and nice and explained the procedure to me. I’m very happy with the decision to have the implant done. I had thought that it would be excruciating pain, which it was not. It was very easy. Dr. Lopez called me right afterwards. I’ve never had a surgeon actually call me to check up on me. The experience was amazing. I would highly recommend Dr. Lopez to work on anyone’s mouth."
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