Your Guide to Dental Implants in Waterford, MI

Restore Your Smile With Dr. Sheehan

Here at Oakland Family Dental, we believe that all of our patients deserve the best possible care. That’s why Dr. Sheehan uses natural-looking dental implants to restore any number of damaged or missing teeth, and also provide a permanent solution to having removable partial or complete dentures.

Explore our patient-friendly guide to learn more about dental implants and how they can benefit you.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a permanent, natural-looking solution to replace a missing tooth from root to crown. They fuse directly into your jawbone for unmatched stability and strength, providing you with the beauty and function of a natural tooth. 

Implants provide excellent support and stability so you can indulge all of your favorite foods with ease. Best of all, dental implants can last up to a lifetime with proper care but on occasion, they may need to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are stable, durable, and offer a number of benefits that other restorations can’t match, such as:

  • Natural look and function
  • Secured to your jaw
  • Easy to maintain
  • Resistant to infection
  • Prevents jawbone deterioration
  • Can last a lifetime with proper care

Our Dental Implant Solutions

At Oakland Family Dental, we feature several dental implant solutions, such as single-tooth, multi-tooth, and full-arch implant solutions, depending on your needs. Dr. Sheehan can customize a restoration for you that’ll enhance the long-term health and beauty of your smile.

Single Tooth Replacement

If you’re missing a single tooth, we can permanently replace it with a dental implant while restoring the natural look, feel, and function of your smile. Made of safe biocompatible titanium, dental implants directly integrate with your jawbone for a strong foundation. This process provides durable and long-lasting support for a beautiful porcelain crown.

Multiple Teeth Replacement

An implant-supported bridge is an effective solution for patients wanting to restore multiple missing neighboring teeth. Implant-supported bridges are anchored directly to the jaw with one or more dental implants, so they don’t have to rely on neighboring teeth for support. This tooth replacement provides greater stability and comfort than traditional dental bridges.

Full-Arch Replacement

For patients missing a full arch of teeth, implant-supported dentures are a stable, comfortable, and effective way to restore your smile. Implant-supported dentures are directly anchored to the jaw, eliminating the need for adhesives to stay in place. This incredible tooth loss solution allows you to talk with ease, eat without restrictions, and not worry about the hassles of traditional dentures.

Our Unique Dental Implant Process

Restoring your smile with dental implants at our Waterford practice requires multiple appointments over several months. Your treatment will consist of a few easy steps:

  1. Initial Consultation⎼ During this first visit, Dr. Sheehan will thoroughly evaluate your teeth, gums, and jawbone to determine if dental implants are right for you. This is also a great time to ask any questions you may have about the procedure.
  2. Implant Placement⎼ Once she determines you’re ready, Dr. Sheehan will surgically place your implant or implants directly in your jaw while the area is numb. We’ll use our advanced X-Guide navigation to plan your surgery with maximum precision.
  3. Healing PeriodOnce the surgery is complete, you’ll need to allow two to six months for your implant to heal and merge with your jawbone. This process is called osseointegration.
  4. Final Restoration⎼ When your mouth is fully healed, you’ll return to our office in Waterford, MI to finish the last step of your treatment. Dr. Sheehan can attach your beautiful, customized restoration to the implant fixture, providing unmatched stability and support. 

Are You a Candidate For Dental Implants?

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If you want a tooth replacement that allows you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence, dental implants could be right for you. Many of our patients in Waterford and surrounding areas choose dental implants for a number of reasons, such as:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth
  • Enhance the appearance of your smile
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by shifting teeth
  • Prevent the development of sagging skin and premature wrinkles
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion
  • Support a bridge or denture for added comfort 

Unlike dentures, they won’t slide around in your mouth, never need to be removed, and can be cleaned just like natural teeth. They’ll also stimulate healthy bone growth to prevent your jaw from deteriorating.

Implant Supplemental Procedures

If you lack the bone density or healthy gum tissue needed to support implants, a supplemental procedure can prepare you for treatment. Supplemental procedures for dental implants typically include bone grafting and gum grafting. 

These procedures are intended to strengthen the foundation for your implants and restore your damaged jawbone. We want your new implants to last a lifetime, which requires strong, healthy gums to firmly secure them in place.

During your consultation, Dr. Sheehan will examine your oral health to make sure that you’re a proper candidate for dental implants. She will also discuss any necessary supplemental treatments and include them in your personalized plan.

The Path to a Stunning, New Smile

middle-aged woman smiling outdoorsIf you want a stunning smile that will last for many years to come, dental implants could be the ideal treatment for you. Whether you’re missing a single tooth, a few teeth, or a full arch, Dr. Sheehan can provide a solution that will restore health and beauty to your smile.

Call our Waterford practice at (248) 674-0384 or fill out our convenient form online to schedule your no-obligation consultation today.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do dental implants last?

After your treatment is finished, the success of your dental implants is mostly up to you. With proper care and maintenance, implants can last up to a lifetime. Typically, they’ll last for at least 25 years.

How do you take care of your dental implants after the procedure?

The first week after your surgery is the most crucial to the health of your implant. During this time, follow Dr. Sheehan’s instructions such as limiting your diets to soft foods, refraining from drinking alcohol or smoking, and rinsing your mouth with warm salt water after meals.

Once your implants have healed, maintaining them becomes much easier. Simply brush and floss every day in addition to visiting Dr. Sheehan for regular checkups.

Are dental implants safe?

Yes — as long as your surgery is performed by an experienced implant dentist, there’s no cause for concern. According to WebMD, dental implants have an overall success rate of 98%. They’re also the only tooth replacement that stimulates jawbone growth to preserve your long-term oral health.

Does insurance cover my dental implants procedure?

Unfortunately, most insurance providers designate dental implants as a cosmetic treatment and won’t cover your total cost. However, there’s a good chance you can get coverage for at least a portion of your overall cost, depending on the specifics of your plan. Our team will be happy to help ensure you receive the maximum insurance benefits from your provider.

What do I do if there’s a complication with my dental implants?

In the rare event that you experience a complication with your dental implants, don’t attempt to fix the issue yourself, as this can result in further damage. Instead, call our practice right away and we’ll make sure you get the treatment you need as soon as possible.

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