Dentist - Rochester Hills, MI - Dr. WolfeIf you have missing teeth in Rochester Hills, MI, you’ve probably considered the possibility of dental implants. Depending on the number and placement of teeth you have missing, different types of dental implants may be required to suit your needs and safely reconstruct your smile. Considering the nature of implants and the procedures needed to embed them into the bone of your jaw, the American Dental Association monitors implant procedures closely and has identified two as safe: subperiostal, and endosteal implants.

Subperiosteal Implants

Subperiosteal implant procedures can be complicated, but are one option for providing a new foundation to affix artificial teeth. Subperiosteal implants involve:

  • Affixing a metal frame to the jawbone beneath the gum tissue of the affected area
  • Waiting for the gums to appropriately heal while the frame seals to the jawbone
  • Making use of posts attached to the frame to mount artificial teeth

Subperiosteal implants are often indistinguishable from natural teeth.

Endosteal Implants

Rather than using a framework, endosteal implants are placed directly in the jawbone using posts and requires not one, but two surgeries. The first surgery is required to insert the posts for the implants into the jawbone. The second surgery adds the posts, at which point a dental professional can attach one of three types of implants to the post:

  • A single tooth
  • A dental bridge grouping
  • A denture piece

Often these pieces are shaped to mimic the color and configuration of your existing teeth to provide a seamless, normal smile.

What Type of Implants Do You Need?

The type of dental implants in Rochester Hills, MI you need may be determined as much by your budget as by the condition of your remaining teeth and the bone beneath the gums. A qualified dental professional can provide a deeper insight on the best choice to restore your smile. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Wolfe of Signature Dentistry to discuss your options, and make the right choice for the type of implants necessary to replace your missing teeth. Call our office at (248) 243-1039 or schedule an appointment online today!

One of the most important aspects of modern dentistry is restoring and maintaining a patient’s dental health because of the role it plays in both overall physical well being and daily quality of life.

Rochester dentist Dr. Matthew Wolfe emphasizes the importance of routine preventive care in keeping the smile healthy and reducing the risks if decay and gum disease, but also provides restorative dental treatment when needed. Teeth can become damaged or lost for a variety of reasons, even when a patient is diligent with their oral hygiene routine.

Portrait of a cute woman laughing Addressing a damaged or missing tooth is necessary for a functional and comfortable smile- and to prevent the development of more complex dental problems down the road.

Treating Damaged Teeth

Dr. Wolfe will thoroughly examine a patient before recommending a plan of treatment for a tooth that has become damaged or diseased. Treatment options can include:

  • dental crowns
  • tooth bonding
  • root canal therapy

Teeth that are chipped, cracked or broken can become further damaged or lost without treatment and may make it difficult to eat and speak normally. Dr. Wolfe can discuss the best option(s) for restoring your smile and ensuring lasting dental health.

Replacing Missing Teeth

For patient who have lost a tooth, to teeth, for any reason, Dr. Wolfe stresses the benefits of prompt replacement to avoid additional dental problems and limited treatment options.

Whenever possible, Dr. Wolfe recommends the use of dental implants to replace teeth or secure a denture. Dental implants provide a permanent, life-like solution that will reduce bone loss in the jaw and enable patients to eat and speak normally- without daily maintenance!

Dr. Wolfe understands the cost concerns that many patients have when it comes to their dental care and works with them to restore their smile within their budget. In many cases, treatment can be phased to achieve results that will provide a lifetime of comfortable smiles.