Dental Implant Q&A

Are missing teeth affecting your bite? Do you want to fill gaps left by missing teeth for a fuller, healthier smile?

We work with local oral surgeons to provide dental implants for patients with missing permanent teeth.

Implants are dental restorations that can improve the function and appearance of the smile.

Because implant posts integrate with the jaw bone, they become a permanent part of the smile. Here, we answer common patient questions about dental implants.

We will also explain more about what goes into dental implant treatment in our Cadillac, MI, office.

Dental Implant FAQs in Cadillac, Michigan

Dental Implant FAQs in Cadillac, MI

Read answers to commonly asked questions about dental implants:

How long do dental implants last?

Implant posts can be permanent. Oral surgeons place titanium implant posts first into the jaw bone. The dental crown, dental bridge, or denture that implants secure may require replacement years down the road. However, the titanium implant post should stay in the mouth as a replacement tooth root.

Am I a candidate for dental implant treatment?

Good candidates for implant treatment are in good oral health and have enough healthy jaw bone tissue to support implants. However, we can recommend treatments to prepare patients for implant treatment if they are not currently candidates. 

Gum disease treatments, root canals, or extractions can remove tooth decay or gum disease affecting the smile. 

Addressing oral health problems and ensuring the health of remaining teeth or gum tissue increases the chance of implant failure. 

How can dental implants fail?

Implants fail to integrate into the jawbone if patients develop infections or have bone problems. Tobacco use can also impact implants as they heal.

Nicotine constricts the blood vessels, restricting blood flow to areas that require healing. Additionally, implants can fail if the jaw bone does not grow to support the implant. Unhealthy bone tissue and nicotine can also impact healing in these cases.

If you notice gum recession around your implant, difficulty biting and chewing, or a loose implant, please contact our office. You may have a failing dental implant.

How long does it take to receive dental implants?

Each patient has different needs and will require a different number of implants to support their new teeth. Some patients may require more time if they need bone grafting or periodontal therapy. 

It can also take months for the implant posts to fuse with the jaw bone for a stable restoration. We will discuss your options and give an estimate of your treatment time during a consultation. 

Do you have missing teeth? Are you looking for a permanent solution to tooth loss? Contact Brilliant Smiles Family Dentistry for restorative treatment today at 231-389-6388.

You can also request a dental appointment with Dr. Sheryl Jenicke online.