Missing Teeth?

If you answered yes to this question, you’re not alone. Whether caused by accident or the result of ongoing dental issues, missing and seriously broken teeth affect countless people each year. Beyond making it difficult to chew properly and making patients self-conscious about the look of their smile, missing teeth can negatively impact your oral health. At our Beverly Hills, MI dental office, our goal is to help patient overcome tooth loss and restore their smile with a natural-looking, highly effective tooth replacement. One way Dr. Winter does this is through dental implants.

Why Implant Dentistry by Dr. Karl Winter

For those of you that are familiar with implant dentistry or for those that are learning about this amazing procedure for the first time, the decision of where to go or how to choose the place that is going to perform these procedures for you can be daunting. One of the keys to making the right choice is to see what kind of training and experience the office has that is offering to do the work and properly learn what it is that you need done.

My personal experience dates back to 1989 when I did my first implant and I was trained by one of the icons in the implant world, Dr. Carl Misch. Working with him led me to the conclusion that in my opinion an advantage to the patient is to have the same doctor who performs the surgery also design and fabricate the teeth that go on to the implants. Often this is not the case and a different doctor does the implant surgery and the patient hasn’t event seen or consulted with a restorative dentist yet. How would the treatment plan have been formulated?

At Advanced Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, all phases of the treatment are done in one place. Our staff is incredibly kind and very knowledgeable about the dental implant process as a whole. When you visit our Beverly Hills implant dentist for treatment, our first step is to educate patients as to what the proper treatment should be for their particular situation. Every person is not the same. Why do I need a bone graft or why do you need more implants than somebody else. These and many other questions that commonly come up would be answered for you.

So if you are not sure what to do and you think dental implants could be a solution for your dental needs you will have come to the right place. My staff and I look forward to seeing you.

To schedule an appointment, or if you have any questions regarding dental implant, contact our Beverly Hills, MI office at 248-642-3800 during regular business hours.

Tooth Replacement Options

We believe that all patients deserve to unique treatment strategies that fit their unique health needs. At our Beverly Hills, MI dental practice, you can select from a number of different options to replace your missing teeth – from temporary to long-lasting solutions. Anyone, regardless of age, with one or more missing teeth is a good candidate for dental implants. However, smoking, diseases such as diabetes, and radiation therapy to the area, have been shown to lower the success rate of implant placement. X-rays and scans of your jaws will be taken to evaluate the best treatment options for your particular case.

Fixed Bridge

A fixed bridge is a connected set of replacement teeth. For support, it is cemented into position on top of the teeth adjacent to the empty space. The protective outer layer of these teeth is usually removed or ground down prior to attaching the bridge.

Flipper

A fragile, temporary and inexpensive solution is a removable plastic tooth with a plastic retainer, often called a “flipper”.

Metal Partial

A less fragile option is a removable partial denture cast in metal and plastic. It is held in place by wire clips. A removable partial denture can be removed and reinserted when required by the patient.

Denture

The most common solution, for people missing all teeth in one or both jaws are complete dentures. Some people adapt well to dentures. Others find them uncomfortable, even intolerable, because of differences in jaw size and shape.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most comfortable, natural and permanent solution for missing teeth. They form a strong foundation for teeth and keep the jaw healthy and intact. Implants support individual replacement teeth or secure specialized dentures in place. Unlike bridges, implants can last a lifetime without any damage to adjacent healthy teeth.

Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?

There are several reasons: A dental bridge can sacrifice the structure of surrounding healthy teeth and is difficult to clean around.  A removable appliance is often uncomfortable, unnatural and damaging to the supporting teeth, gum and bone.

What Are Dental Implants?

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant. Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.  A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth. .

Surgical Advances

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Winter is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a period of time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures. Dental implant placement is a team effort between an implant surgeon and a restorative dentist.  Dr. Bloch performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary.  The restorative dentist fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.