What Are Dental Implants?
Addressing lost teeth is critical to the total health and quality of your smile. To help our Midland, MI neighbors efficiently overcome extracted or missing teeth, cosmetic dentist Dr. Edward Knight is incredibly happy to provide lifelike dental implants for tooth replacement using state-of-the-art Nobel Biocare™. A dental implant is made up of a metal screw that serves as a manmade tooth root. A custom crown, bridge, or denture replaces the observable part of the lost tooth or teeth. If you have a lost tooth or need a tooth extraction, visit Knight Dental Care, and find out about your dental implant alternatives.
"I have worked with Dr Knight for over two years and can say that his team is top notch and his clinical expertise if the best you will ever experience..."- E.V. / Google / Aug 12, 2022
"I am very happy with the care received from this dental office. My dental hygienist, Denise, makes me feel comfortable, and does a thorough exam and cleaning. Dr. Knight does a careful review, exam, and plan of care. Such a great experience, and it feels wonderful, I highly recommend them."- B.K. / Google / Jun 08, 2022
"Dr. Knight and his team we’re awesome today! I had to have a root canal done and I do not numb up! But today I had very little pain and they talked me through my procedure like true pros,like they are! Dr Knight is an awesome dentist! Thank You for taking such good care of me."- K.J. / Google / Jun 08, 2022
"Just completed another preventative care visit with Dr Knight and his team. The team has provided the very best dental care in the region available. Thanks you."- J.A. / Google / Apr 20, 2022
"Dr. Knight has a very professional manner; is pleasant, kind, courteous, has chosen and trained his staff well. He spends enough time to do a great job, is efficient, uses state-of-the-art techniques. He put in my crown painlessly and in record time (didn't use a stopwatch, tho.) I always walk out feeling much better than I did when I walked in."- A. / Healthgrades / Sep 01, 2021
What Are The Benefits of Dental Implants?
Tooth loss can cause a whole host of cosmetic and functional problems. Dental implants are a great solution for people who want to improve their smiles and regain their confidence. Implants are also much more comfortable than dentures or other alternatives, and they can last a lifetime with proper care. Additional benefits of dental implants at Knight Dental Care include:
- Improved appearance: Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth — so you can smile with confidence.
- Enhanced oral health: Because dental implants fuse to your jawbone, they also stimulate and preserve bone mass.
- Improved speech: Temporary dentures can slip, causing mumbling and slurred speech. Dental implants allow you to speak without any problems.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Oral implants can take the place of any deteriorated teeth, ranging from one tooth to several teeth. You could be an ideal candidate if you have missing teeth, need a tooth or teeth removed, or are unhappy with your existing restoration. To function, dental implants require proper bone tissue, healthy gum tissue, and a reliable oral environment. Sometimes, people might have to have additional care before they qualify as good candidates for dental implants. Implant-supported restorations may not be appropriate if you are pregnant, smoke cigarettes, or have certain health problems. During your appointment, Dr. Knight can help you determine if oral implants are right for you and your needs. If you are missing more than one tooth, we offer alternatives to dental implants like dentures and dental bridges.
What Is the Treatment Process for Implants?
The technique for fixed implants comprises of carefully placing the implant and the attachment of customized replacements (like full-arch dentures, bridges, and crowns). As soon as your mouth is ready for the implant, it is dulled with oral anesthesia. For those that need it, sedation options may be available to provide extra comfort. The fixed screw will be secured within the jaw at a specific area and allowed a period of time to become one with the jaw via a phenomenon referred to as osseointegration. Knight Dental Care uses the cutting-edge technology of Nobel Biocare for premium fit, security, and function. When the treatment site has healed, typically after several months, Dr. Knight will set a unique fixed denture, crown, or bridge and evaluate the alignment of the bite.
Dental Implants FAQ
Is getting dental implants painful?
Getting dental implants isn't any more uncomfortable than other dental procedures like fillings or root canals. Dr. Knight uses both local anesthetic and sedation along with an experienced hand to ensure you are comfortable during the entire procedure. During the recovery process, some discomfort is normal, but it is easily controlled with pain relievers. Some patients may also experience mild swelling, bruising, or minor bleeding, but this is also to be expected as your gums heal.
Are dental implants safe?
Yes, dental implants are safe. Every surgery, no matter how minor, carries a small amount of risk; however, dental implants have been widely used safely for more than 30 years with a 98% success rate.
How long does a dental implant last?
The metal post the crown, bridge, or denture is attached to is permanent, but these attachments have a lifespan of about 15 — 20 years or longer in some cases with proper oral hygiene before they need to be replaced.
How long does it take to get dental implants placed?
In general, it takes about six months to complete the dental implant procedure — for some, the process may be up to a year. The first part of the process includes placing the metal implants that will anchor the crown, bridge, or denture. While your gums heal, Dr. Knight will give you a temporary to wear. When the healing process is complete, you will have your permanent appliance placed onto your implant(s).
Who can get dental implants?
Almost anyone with healthy gums and enough bone to hold a dental implant is a good candidate for dental implants. People who may NOT be candidates for dental implants include those who:
- Have periodontal disease
- Have a chronic disease (diabetes, heart disease, etc.)
- Have had radiation therapy to the neck or head
- Use tobacco products
- Are pregnant
For those without enough bone or gum tissue to place the implant, there are procedures like a bone graft or gum graft that can allow you to have dental implants. During your consultation, Dr. Knight will examine your teeth, jaw, and overall oral health to determine if dental implants are right for you.
We offer Dental Implants in Midland!
Because of the advancements in contemporary dental services, there are a variety of options to help you overcome the loss of teeth with the lifelike quality and abilities of fixed implants. Dr. Knight is happy to offer implant-supported denture, crown, and bridge solutions as efficient tooth replacements to Midland, MI people. To learn about your opportunities for replacing extremely compromised or missing teeth, or learn more about cost, financing, and insurance, schedule your checkup at Knight Dental Care as soon as you can.
Dental Implants for Seniors in Midland, MI | Knight Dental Care
We offer dental implants for seniors in Midland, MI, who meet a few basic health requirements. Call today to schedule your consultation.Read
Will I Need Multiple Appointments to Complete A Smile Makeover?
Find out how long some popular smile makeover procedures take to complete and how many dental visits you can anticipate when planning.Read
Eight Questions To Ask Your Dentist About A Smile Makeover
When you want to improve your smile, it’s important to understand the process before beginning.Read
What Procedures Make Up a Smile Makeover?
If you're unhappy with your appearance, smile makeover procedures can deliver a more attractive, balanced smile with a wide range of options.Read