If you have lost one or more teeth, dental implants provide an excellent anchor for the restorations placed at our Lansing practice.Dr. Scott Stone refers his patients to an exceptional specialist to place your implants; he can then restore them with crowns, bridges, and dentures of exceptional appearance and quality. Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jaw bone, taking the place of tooth roots. Our patients receive Biohorizons® implants, which carry a lifetime warranty. Though they require at least two surgeries and several months of healing time, they can provide you with a lifetime of confident, dazzling smiles.
The combination of dental implants and custom restorations is where dentistry has made considerable leaps and bounds in recent years, because it provides exceptional function and a beautiful, natural-looking appearance. To learn more about Dr. Stone’s restoration of dental implants, contact our Lansing office serving East Lansing, Holt, and Okemos/Haslett today.
The Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide a wealth of advantages for anyone missing teeth. In the absence of tooth roots, your body will naturally begin to reabsorb bone cells in the jaw, causing it to become weakened. However, your body perceives dental implants as roots, which halts this process and helps you to preserve strength in your jaw. Denture wearers find that dental implants eliminate the chances of slippage while speaking and eating, and are far superior to relying on a mild adhesive to secure dentures to the gums. A patient in need of a bridge may prefer to use a dental implant as an anchor if they do not wish to have two adjacent teeth altered to accommodate crowns. The surest way to determine if implants are right for you is to contact and schedule a consultation in Dr. Stone’s Lansing office.
Placing Dental Implants
If you and Dr. Stone determine that dental implants are the right solution for you, he will refer you to a trusted specialist who will handle the required surgeries. During your initial surgery, an incision is made in the gum, exposing the jaw bone. A pilot hole is drilled into the bone, and the threaded implant is inserted. Finally, the gum is stitched closed over the top of the implant. Over the next three to six months, new bone cells will grow around the implant, securing it in your jaw. During your second surgery, another incision is made in the gums to expose the implant, which will be fitted with a special abutment. The abutment will foster the healing of the gum around the implant, and serve as the point of connection with your crown, bridge, or dentures.
Restoring Dental Implants
Following placement of your implants, you will return to Dr. Stone’s office, where a digital impression will be made of your implant and any adjacent teeth. This impression will be sent to an offsite laboratory, where your custom restoration will be created using the material of your choice. Dr. Stone offers Emax crowns, bridges, and dentures, as well as those made from zirconium. Both provide incredible strength comparable to metal, as well as an astonishingly realistic appearance.
Mariel’s case was also a very fun and interesting case to work with. Mariel had peg (pointed) laterals and missing canine teeth. Implants were placed in the canine position with zirconium abutments and all porcelain crown. We placed laminates on her peg laterals. The ceramist did a phenomenal job matching the shade and characteristics to match her two front teeth.
Emily had braces but unfortunately, not enough room was available for implants. We placed an all ceramic four unit bridge to replace the missing lateral teeth.
If you are interested in learning dental implants, contact our Lansing office to schedule a one-on-one appointment with Dr. Stone. Call (517) 482-5546 today!