How Do Dental Implants Work?
By Dyras Dental, PLLC
February 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Considering a dental implant? These restorations are excellent investments in your dental health; they are stable, attractive, comfortable,mini dental implants and low-maintenance. The dentists at Dyras Dental in Lansing, Michigan - Dr. Laura Dyras and Dr. Michael Hutcheson - are happy to offer small diameter dental implants to their patients as a way of replacing one or more of their missing natural teeth, as well as to stabilize loose dentures. Wondering how dental implants work? This article breaks it down.

The benefit of using a small diameter implant is that they are minimally invasive and most can be used immediately after placement.  This means that your implant procedure generally only requires two simple appointments, with minimal pain and minimal numbness.  Many of our patients are able to go to lunch after the procedure and be able to eat without difficulty!
Dental implants are built from a relatively tiny foundation, a metal post with grooves in it that give it the appearance of screw. This post, made from a lightweight and hypoallergenic metal called titanium, is implanted by Dr Dyras or Dr Hutcheson in the space where the natural tooth once resided. This is a minor in-office surgical procedure that usually only takes 15-20 minutes.  Our patients have said that the procedure was easier than getting a cavity filled. The grooves in the dental implant's post have a special coating that helps it integrate with the bone around it. 
Crowns finish off a dental implant; they are a tooth-shaped porcelain or zirconia that fills the once-empty space. Although they are the visible section of the dental implant, it will be difficult to distinguish your crown from the rest of your natural teeth. That's because our dentists carefully design the crown to match the color and shape of the rest of your teeth. In most cases, the crown can be put onto the implant the same day the implant is placed.

If you have a ill-fitting or loose denture, implants can be used to stabilize it.  Many times we can fit your old denture to the new implants, saving you the cost and hassle of having a new denture made.  In some cases we can even remove some of the acrylic covering the roof of your mouth, creating a smaller and more comfortable denture.
Perhaps the best aspect of dental implants from your Lansing dentist is their longevity: with proper care, they can last a lifetime! If you'd like to learn more about dental implants, contact Dyras Dental in Lansing, Michigan and ask to set up a consultation!