At Blue Sky Smiles, we want all of our friends, family, neighbors, and community members to be able to live their best lives. You may not know until it happens to you, but tooth loss can really put a damper on not only your smile but your confidence and quality of life. Not to mention the damage that occurs beneath the surface to your jawbone when teeth go missing. Thankfully, Dr. Robinson is a skilled and experienced dental implant provider in Saginaw and can complete the whole process from surgical placement to the final restoration from the comfort of your dental home.
Dental implants are small posts or screws, usually made from biocompatible titanium, that are surgically inserted into the gums and jawbone where a tooth has gone missing. Dental implants replace the tooth root, which is an essential part of a healthy, functioning smile and jawbone rather than just replacing the crown or the visible portion of the tooth-like traditional restorations, including bridges and dentures.
Once healed, dental implants can prevent jawbone deterioration and stimulate new bone and tissue growth around the implant, creating a healthier foundation for your smile. Dental implants serve as anchors for life-like restorations that look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth with an implant and a crown, multiple missing teeth with an implant-supported bridge, or a complete set of teeth with implant-supported dentures.
Dental implant’s success rates vary depending on the location of the implant, but in general, they have a success rate of up to 98%. Implants can last a lifetime if taken care of properly!
A dental implant can be used in most cases if the patient is healthy enough to have a routine extraction or oral surgery. The patient must have strong gums and sufficient bone to support the implant. Patients must also be committed to maintaining good oral hygiene and attending regular dental appointments. Patients who smoke heavily, suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, or have received radiation treatment to their head/neck area must be evaluated individually by Dr. Robinson.
Many people who have had dental implants report that the procedure is nearly painless. We do provide sedation during the procedure. Most patients report that getting dental implants is less painful than a tooth removal/Extraction. Mild soreness after a dental implant can be treated using over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol and Motrin.
If you’re missing all of your natural teeth or living with old dentures that rock and slip, we would love to help you improve your quality of life with one of our implant-supported denture systems. Traditional implant dentures require as many as six or more implants to support a full arch of teeth, which is a great option for health but can be too expensive for many patients. A healing period of six months is also usually required after the surgical placement to ensure proper healing and integration, leaving you without teeth. Thankfully, Dr. Robinson provides the All-on-4 system.
All-On-4 is a technique that replaces the upper and lower teeth with only four implants. These four implants act as support mechanisms for the placement of a new fixed set of teeth that look and feel just like natural teeth. With All-on-4, we use the minimum number of implants (four) to support the maximum number of teeth (a full arch). By placing the back implants at an angle, we are able to support more teeth with fewer implants, significantly cutting down surgical time and costs for you. Plus, we can fit you with a set of stabilizing teeth that keep your implants secure while they heal, so you can have implants placed and leave with a brand new smile the same day!
The All-on-4 method of dental implant treatment differs from traditional treatment in many ways:
Both All-on-4, as well as traditional dental implants, offer secure and natural-feeling replacements for missing teeth. Denture wearers can enjoy improved dental function by having their dentures securely anchored in the mouth. Both treatments offer similar results but the best treatment for each individual patient will vary. Only once Dr. Robinson has evaluated you will he be able to determine which dental treatment is best suited for your oral health.
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*Dr. Robinson is a general dentist providing orthodontic services.