If you have one or several teeth that are missing or damaged — or, if your dentures are causing you discomfort — consider treatment with dental implants. This innovative approach offers restorative results that look, feel, and function like your own natural teeth.
Midland Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has more experience than any other practice in our area with dental implants. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Poupard has performed thousands of these procedures. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have advanced training in anesthesia to be able to offer IV sedation for your comfort. Most patients state they remember little or nothing from their surgical procedure. We also use advanced Cone Beam CT Technology (CBCT) and Intra Oral Scanning (IOS) to plan your implant procedure, which helps us to achieve the most precise results.
Dental Implant Surgical Guide
Why Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial root surgically placed in your jaw bone that supports a new crown: the visible part of your tooth. Carefully replacing your missing tooth this way creates a very strong and natural-looking restoration which often lasts a lifetime.
Unlike dental crowns, bridges, and other older tooth replacement options, dental implants:
- Don’t require reshaping or weakening the neighboring teeth.
- Reduces jaw bone loss and lessens reabsorption over time.
- Supports the underlying bone
- Frequently is a life-long restoration
- Up to three times stronger than natural teeth
All of my questions about my dental implant were answered, and there were no surprises. I have had excellent care throughout the implant process and am so grateful! I recommend this practice one hundred percent and have confidence in returning for any future needs! They are the best!JENNIFER M.
Do You Need Dental Implants?
Your dentist may recommend that you visit Midland OMFS for dental implants for one of several reasons:
You have a missing or damaged tooth that can’t be restored with traditional dentistry.
Restoring your tooth with a dental implant can give you back a complete smile and the full function of your original tooth.
You have been fighting dental problems for years and want a healthier smile.
Failing teeth is an uncomfortable, time-consuming, and expensive condition. Midland OMFS doctors can use dental implants to restore some or all of your dentition.
You are tired of the discomfort and restrictions of dentures.
By trading dentures for permanent teeth held in place by dental implants, you can eat foods that you may have given up for good, speak and smile more naturally, and eliminate the irritation that ill-fitting dentures can cause. Many patients report that their implants feel exactly like their natural teeth.
What to Expect with Midland OMFS
During your initial consultation at our office, Dr. Poupard will take the time to learn about your goals and explain how dental implants works. He will perform a careful examination of your teeth, gums, and bone to evaluate your specific needs, and will recommend a plan for your treatment. You will also meet our team who will review cost of treatment plan and give you an estimate of your insurance coverage. Today, many dental insurance companies include implant coverage.
Midland OMFS has invested in the latest Cone Beam CT technology (CBCT) and intra oral scanning equipment. This technology allows us to place dental implants more precisely.
As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Poupard is trained to provide safe in office IV sedation for your comfort. IV sedation provides the deepest level of relaxation during your surgery. Most patients wake up surprised to find that their procedure has been completed.
We are happy to answer questions you have about what to expect at our office.
The Dental Implant Process
The treatment plan that Dr. Poupard recommends may include some or all of the following steps.
Bone grafting. A durable dental implant requires a stable foundation. For this reason, you may benefit from a procedure that strengthens or recreates bone beneath your gums. Most grafting techniques use donor bone and no additional incisions are needed.
Tooth extraction. Dr. Poupard may need to remove damaged teeth to make room for dental implants. Some patients can have an implant placed immediately after a tooth extraction, while other patients will have a healing period of 2-4 months prior to implant placement.
Dental implant Placement. Dr. Poupard will place one or several dental implants. Most often, we will work with your referring dentist to provide a temporary restoration. There is no reason why others will be aware that you are missing a tooth.
Crown placement. After four months, the dental implant should be ready to support your new tooth. You will visit your restorative dentist, who will create and attach a permanent crown to the implant.
By the end of your treatment with dental implants, you can expect a fully restored smile and a completely functional bite. These benefits will improve the quality of your physical health.
If you have any additional questions about the dental implant process we are happy to answer them.
If you have one or more missing or damaged teeth and are looking for a solution that restores natural appearance and strength, learn more about dental implants. Contact Midland OMFS online or by phone at (989) 839-9979.