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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.

What are Dental Implants?

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.

The Advantages of Dental Implants

  • A better appearance. Dental Implants look and feel just like your natural teeth. They fuse with the bone in your jaw to ensure a permanent solution.
  • Improved speech. Poor-fitting dentures can cause the teeth to slip inside the mouth, causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants make it possible to speak confidently without worrying about your teeth falling out.
  • Durability. Implants are incredibly durable and can last for many years.
  • Greater comfort. Dental implants become a part of your body. This eliminates the discomfort associated with removable dentures or having missing teeth.
  • Easier eating. Dental implants work just like natural teeth and allow you to enjoy your favorite foods without any pain.
  • Increase self-esteem. Implants can restore your smile and make you feel more confident.
  • Convenience. Dental implants remove the embarrassment of taking out dentures and the need for messy adhesives that will keep them in their place.
  • Better oral hygiene. A dental implant doesn’t need to be repositioned like a tooth-supported crown. Nearby teeth don’t have to be altered to support the implant. This improves long-term oral health.

How Successful Are Dental Implants?

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!

Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?

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.

Is It Painful To Get Dental Implants?

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.

All-on-4® Teeth in a Day

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.

What are All-On-4 Dental Implants?

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!

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Dental Implants Vs. All-On-4 Implants

The All-on-4 method of dental implant treatment differs from traditional treatment in many ways:

  1. Procedure: With All-on, the implants are placed at an angle towards the back of your jaw to maximize contact between bone and implant. Many All-on-4 patients can avoid the need to have bone grafting, which is sometimes required when placing a traditional dental implant.
  2. One or More Teeth: All-on-4 implants can only be used to replace multiple missing teeth. Traditional dental implants, however, are more versatile. They can be used in conjunction with dental crowns to replace individual teeth, dental bridges to replace multiple, or implant-supported dentures for replacing a complete set of teeth.
  3. Cost: Many patients need five to six implants per arch when anchoring a set of dentures in the mouth, which can be more expensive than all-on-4 which requires fewer implants.
  4. Time: In some cases, Traditional dental implants are difficult to place. If tooth loss is severe or has been present for years, sinus augmentation, bone grafting, or bone reconstruction may be necessary before the traditional dental implants can be placed. Patients who are required to undergo bone grafting or sinus augmentation must also wait for several weeks before the traditional dental implants can be placed. After placing the dental implants, another surgery is required to attach them to the jawbone. After the implant placement, it is important to allow the jawbone time to heal and bond with them. It can therefore take as long as six months for the final dental restoration to be completed, whereas with All-On-4 you can have implants placed and leave with a brand new smile the same day.

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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