Restore Your Smile With Dr. Sheehan
At Oakland Family Dental, we believe that all of our patients deserve the best possible care. That’s why Dr. Sheehan offers natural-looking dental implants as a permanent solution to tooth loss. Implants replace a missing tooth from root to crown and fuse with your jawbone for unmatched stability and strength. Best of all, they can last a lifetime with proper care.
Explore our guide to learn more about dental implants and what they can do for you.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer many 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 Unique Dental Implant Process
Restoring your smile with dental implants at our practice consists of three easy steps:
- Initial Consultation — During this first visit, Dr. Sheehan will evaluate your teeth, gums, and jawbone to determine if dental implants are right for you. She’ll also answer any questions you may have about the procedure.
- Implant Placement — Once she determines you’re ready, Dr. Sheehan will place your implant or implants directly in your jaw. We’ll use our advanced X-Guide navigation to plan your surgery with maximum precision. After 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.
- Final Restoration — When your mouth is fully healed, you’ll return to our office so Dr. Sheehan can attach your restoration. We feature single-tooth, multi-tooth, and full-arch implant solutions depending on your needs.
Are You a Candidate For Dental Implants?
If you want a tooth replacement that allows you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence, dental implants could be right for you. 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.
If you lack the bone density or healthy gum tissue needed to support implants, a supplemental procedure can prepare you for treatment. During your consultation, Dr. Sheehan will discuss any necessary supplemental treatments and include them in your personalized plan.
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.
The Path to a Stunning, New Smile
If 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.