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Ten Essential Facts About Dental Implants


What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are made up of a post, abutment and crown that closely replicate the function and aesthetics of natural teeth. Secured in your jawbone, dental implants are considered the gold standard tooth replacement solution for replacing any number of missing teeth and restoring smile function and beauty. Once they fuse with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration, dental implants provide superb longevity, functional benefits and a natural appearance.


What Are Full Arch Dental Implants?

Full arch dental implants is a minimally-invasive protocol that enables dental implants to be placed in areas with the densest, healthiest bone. This protocol often eliminates the need for bone grafting and enables our patients to walk out with a temporary prosthesis the same day as surgery.


What Is the Success Rate of Dental Implants?

Thanks to Dr. Amalfitano’s advanced skills and clinical experience, state-of-the-art technology, on-site dental lab and high-quality materials, he achieves a consistent success rate of over 98%.


Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Although it’s preferred for individuals to have good gum and bone health, as a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Amalfitano is an expert at treating patients with a history of periodontal disease and extensive bone and tooth loss. He has expertise placing zygomatic dental implants in patients with severe bone loss that have been turned away by other practices.


Why See a Periodontist for Dental Implants?

Periodontists have three additional years of advanced education after dental school focused on hard and soft tissue treatments and dental implants. With his in-depth training and board certification, Dr. Amalfitano is specially qualified to replace failing or missing teeth with dental implants. In addition, he invests in advanced technologies, including an on-site dental lab, which provides exceptional oversight and quality control throughout every step of the dental implant process.


What Technologies Do You Offer?

Dr. Amalfitano use sophisticated technology to determine and guide the most optimal surgical placement for dental implants. You’ll receive the highest quality restorations fabricated on-site at our dental lab and we offer advanced protocols including zygomatic dental implants and immediate load full mouth dental implants in Traverse City, MI and Cadillac, MI.


Is Dental Implant Surgery Painful?

The procedure itself isn’t painful because local anesthesia is used to completely numb your mouth and we also offer different types of sedation, should you need it. Once the numbness wears off, you may experience mild pain, however, this is typically less than that associated with tooth extraction. While most patients manage pain with acetaminophen or ibuprofen, prescription antibiotics and pain medication can help alleviate possible postsurgical issues.


Do Dental Implants Require Postsurgical Precautions?

You shouldn’t spit, suck on straws or smoke because this can dislodge blood clots and slow healing. You’ll need to eat only soft foods for the first 24 hours to prevent gum injury. It’s also important to not touch or brush teeth near the implant sites for a few days, although you can carefully do so in the rest of your mouth. You’ll receive an antibacterial rinse to help keep the area clean.


How Much Does Treatment Cost?

The cost of dental implants varies based on the number of missing teeth, bone and overall dental health, types of materials used and additional required procedures. To help you afford treatment, our front office team will work with you to maximize dental benefits and help set you up with third-party financing.


How Do I Care for Dental Implants?

Unlike dentures, dental implants can be cared for in the same manner as natural teeth. Following good oral hygiene is key to ensuring the quality and lifespan of your dental implants. Brush at least twice a day, floss daily, rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash and schedule regular dental check-ups.

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