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What are dental implants?

If you are missing one or more teeth, Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver, your dental implants Shelby local expert, may suggest dental implants as an excellent tooth replacement method. A popular advancement in restorative dentistry, dental implants allow our team at Great Lakes Dentistry to replace a single tooth or your entire smile, based on your individual needs and goals. Dental implants are a surgical treatment that is completed over the course of many months; our entire dental tem is here to guide you through each step of the treatment process.

To place dental implants, we first surgically implant small metal posts, often made of titanium, into your jawbone where the missing tooth was located. We then give your gums and bone a chance to heal. This is important because it allows your natural bone tissue to fuse to the metal post, creating a long-lasting bond. Once healed, we use an abutment and dental restoration, generally a dental crown, bridge, or denture, to complete your dental implant treatment. We also offer mini dental implants to help support dentures and other dental restorations.

There is no reason to go another day without a brand-new smile that looks beautiful and functions properly. If you would like to see if you are a candidate for dental implants in Shelby Twp, Michigan, we invite you to call and schedule a consultation with our office. We are excited to help restore your smile!

The best diagnostics on the planet

At Great Lakes Dentistry in Shelby, we use the very latest in 3D x-ray technology, called cone beam CT, to evaluate your bone level and determine if dental implants are right for you. This is the newest technology available today to completely visualize the bone and surrounding areas for your dental implant, to make sure the procedure goes smoothly.

Only dental offices with the latest cone beam CT technology are able to place dental implants with best accuracy and success. If you would like a complimentary consultation to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, call our office to schedule an appointment today.

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If you are missing one or more teeth, Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver, our experienced dentist, may suggest dental implants as an excellent tooth replacement method. A popular advancement in restorative dentistry, dental implants allow our team at Great Lakes Dentistry to replace a single tooth or your entire smile, based on your individual needs and goals. Dental implants are a surgical treatment that is completed over the course of many months; our entire dental team is here to guide you through each step of the treatment process.

Why do I need a dental implant?

If you are missing one or more teeth, the best replacements are dental implants. You may have heard about dental implants, but don’t really know what they are or still have questions about them.

Dental implants are placed by Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver at Great Lakes Dentistry in Shelby for several reasons. You may have heard of a crown, or cap, to cover and replace the part of the tooth you see when you smile, the crown. A dental implant replaces the part of the tooth that is in your jawbone, the tooth root. There are several different types of dental implants, so a comprehensive treatment plan and x-ray diagnostics are required prior to treatment.

Dental implants can replace a single tooth. This is the most common dental implant replacement.

You can basically think of a dental implant as a screw that is placed in your jaw and is cemented permanently in place. We call this part of the complete implant complex the implant body.

Are there different types of dental implants?

There are different kinds and shapes of connectors that can be placed on top of the implant body,

Illustration of a Fixed partial denture bridge

A bridge on two implants

called abutments. An implant abutment, or connector, allows a laboratory made tooth, or crown, to be cemented to the implant body.

Another way dental implants can replace missing teeth is by connecting more than one tooth to an implant body (remember, that’s the screw portion of the whole thing). If you’re missing a few teeth all in a row, Dr. Van de Vyver can place a couple implants in the area and cement multiple teeth on them.

If you know what a dental bridge is, then this is the same thing. The only difference is that instead of being cemented on natural teeth, the bridge is cemented on top of implants. An implant supported bridge is an excellent replacement for multiple missing teeth.

dental implants support a partial denture

A Partial Denture Can Snap On To Two Implants

A different way to put multiple teeth on implants is with an implant supported partial denture. I’m sure you’ve seen a partial denture before, a horseshoe shaped piece of metal with plastic teeth and metal hooks on it? Well, instead of metal hooks that hold onto natural teeth, an implant supported partial denture has connectors on the inside that snap onto implant abutments. With the partial now snapping onto implants, it doesn’t move around when you talk and eat. An implant supported partial denture is a great alternative to a traditional partial.

Even if you’re missing all of your teeth, dental implants may still be a great treatment option for you. Two, four, or more implants can be placed along the arch of your jawbone and a full denture (sometimes patients call them “plates”) can snap into place. No more embarrassing moments having your teeth fly across the dinner table or having them fall out when you yawn. An implant supported full denture provides a superior fit and unmatched comfort for denture sufferers.

To place a dental implant, we first surgically place the implant body, made of the strongest titanium alloy, into the missing tooth space. The gums and bone need to heal right up to the implant, and that will take a few months’ time. This allows the titanium implant to become cemented in your jawbone. Once healed, we use an abutment (the connector interface between the implant body screw and the crown) and dental restoration, most commonly a crown, to complete your dental implant procedure.

There is no reason to go another day without a beautiful new smile that looks wonderful and functions properly. If you would like to see if dental implants in Shelby Twp., Michigan, are right for you, we invite you to call and schedule a complimentary consultation with our office. We are excited to help restore your smile!

Call today (586) 684-4822 for a free consultation to find out if dental implants are the best option for you

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Great experience! Loved the office and the music, too! I am very excited about getting my implants. Thanks, Dr. V!
Jimmy Crackcorn
Jimmy Crackcorn
22:25 19 Apr 17
Let me start by saying that I have not seen a dentist in a very long time and I have HUGE anxiety about dental work. Dr. Van de Vyver and his staff (especially his hygienist, Samantha) are amazing, simply put. They put me at ease with their lighthearted small-talk and let me see what they were doing with a hand mirror during my cleaning, which was so helpful. When I went back to have a wisdom tooth extracted they went above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable and at ease. My anxiety about dental work is non existent now and I'm so thankful he was able to work on me quickly, efficiently and with kindness. I would recommend him to anyone, no matter how far the drive. He's great!
Samantha Snyder
Samantha Snyder
14:05 16 Dec 16
I think I found my new best Dentist...
Clara Gothard
Clara Gothard
22:30 17 Nov 17
This was a visit for my 85 yr old mom. Everyone in the office was so pleasent and went out of there way for us. The fee is very reasonable. The entrance was not friendly for someone who can not walk well. The ramp is very far from the unmarked door to the office. We will certainly go back. I would become a patient if my insurance was excepted.
Vicki V
Vicki V
11:14 01 Aug 16
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s d
02:15 15 Jul 17
Fast and friendly and easy on a wimp like me! 🙂
Kim Doll
Kim Doll
17:29 19 Jul 18
Friendly staff and great experience! Keep up the phenomenal service! Always a pleasure. Quick and thorough.
Jacki Bretz
Jacki Bretz
20:53 31 Oct 18
Very good cleaning experience. Dr. V. did a great job at numbing my sensitive gum line.
Jeff Scheuer
Jeff Scheuer
15:42 07 Nov 18
Dr. Van de Vyver is new in the area, not dentistry. He is friendly and upbeat. Has all the latest technology, things I never seen before. He did a filling and crown (which he makes on site). Everything went smooth. I needed one of my wisdom teeth removed which he did yesterday. I wouldn't say I enjoyed it, but he did a nice job and I'm fine today (without pain pills). I had one done many years ago and was in pain for 5 days.
john griffin
john griffin
13:41 15 Nov 18

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