Dental implants can change your life. These natural-looking replacement teeth are surgically attached, so they won’t come out when you’re talking or eating. The dental implant process is designed to ensure your new smile will last for years to come.
The first step in your dental implant journey is a consultation with Dr. Leitner. During this meeting, he’ll examine your mouth and jaw using our digital imaging equipment. He’ll also ask you some questions about the kind of results you’re looking for. Then Dr. Leitner will go over your treatment options.
When you decide to begin the implant process, we can schedule your treatment calendar right away. The next step is placing the implant fixture. But for some patients, Dr. Leitner will recommend a supplemental procedure such as bone grafting or a sinus lift to fully prepare the surgical site for dental implants.
Placing the implant fixture is a minor surgical procedure. Dr. Leitner attaches the implant fixture directly to your jawbone, providing a secure base for the implant. The fixture is made from titanium, a durable material that’s also biocompatible
Dr. Leitner will determine the ideal location for the fixture and your body’s natural healing ability will do the rest. The living bone in your jaw forms a stable bond with the fixture through a process called osseointegration.
You’ll be given a local anesthetic, so you won’t feel anything during the procedure. But we offer dental sedation if you want to be more comfortable.
After implant surgery, it will take about three to five months for your body to become acclimated to the fixture. During this time, we’ll give you a temporary restoration called a flipper to fill the empty space and protect the surgical site.
When the fixture is fully integrated with your body, Dr. Leitner will complete the implant process. He’ll attach the middle section of the implant called the abutment and top it off with your attractive porcelain crown.
Porcelain is an ideal material for dental restorations because it sparkles in the light like a natural tooth. Your crown is color-matched to fit your smile and it’s the only part of the implant your friends will see. Now your beautiful smile is ready to share with the world.
Are you ready to live without restrictions? With your new smile, eating and speaking will be much easier and you can smile whenever you feel like it.
To learn more, call our office today at (616) 842-2850 and we’ll be happy to answer your questions. Or just fill out our convenient contact form — one of our friendly team members will be right with you.
Osseointegration is a fundamental step in the dental implant process. This is when an artificial implant is permanently and surgically anchored into the jaw bone. It then integrates into the bone and grows into the implant for a stable, reliable foundation for your new restoration. Without osseointegration, the dental implant would not heal successfully for lasting results.
The dental implant process typically requires two surgical procedures, taking anywhere from six to eight months to complete. This is dependent on several factors, like the number of implants placed and whether a supplemental procedure is required. At your initial consultation, Dr. Leitner will provide you with a customized treatment plan with an outline of your procedures.
With sedation dentistry, getting a dental implant at our Grand Haven office is completely pain and worry-free. We’ll apply a local anesthetic to numb the area around the surgical site so you won’t feel a thing. Dr. Leitner can also offer you a sedative to help you feel comfortable throughout the implant process. It’s safe, effective, and allows you to feel at ease while we complete your new, beautiful smile.
With the right care, our natural-looking dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. This means practicing good oral hygiene by brushing at least twice a day and flossing regularly. Dr. Leitner recommends using a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive toothpaste to prevent scratching your restoration. It’s also important to schedule bi-annual dental check-ups so we can help maintain healthy teeth and gums.