Dental Implants – Lenox, MI

A Modern Answer for Missing Teeth

Have you lost a single tooth? Several teeth in a row? All of the teeth in your upper and lower jaw? In all of these situations, Dr. Young and Dr. Samona can use dental implants to completely rebuild your smile, allowing you to enjoy fully functional new teeth that will help you speak more clearly, eat more kinds of foods, and get more enjoyment out of life as a whole. You can call to set up a free consultation with us if you would like to learn more about dental implants in Lenox and the advantages they offer.

Why Choose Forever Young Dentistry Bayside for Dental Implants?

  • Complimentary Consultation for Dental Implants
  • State-of-the-Art Treatment Planning Technology
  • Reliable Implant Posts Made from Various Materials

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant might look like a screw, but it’s actually meant to act as an artificial root for your replacement teeth. Each post is directly inserted into a carefully chosen spot in your jawbone. After a few months, the implant post will fuse with the surrounding bone tissue via osseointegration. A metal abutment will be used to attach your replacement teeth to your implants.


Based on your needs and preferences, your dental implant posts might be made out of titanium, ceramic, or zirconia.


The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

You don’t need to go to a different practice to have your dental implants placed because our reliable dental team can handle everything in-office. We’ll always customize the treatment process based on your needs, but there are four major steps that we always need to follow regardless of how many implants are required. Here is what you can expect.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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Everything begins when you first visit our office. We can figure out whether you’re a viable dental implant candidate and set up any preliminary treatments you may need. This could include bone grafting, gum disease treatment, or a sinus lift depending on the current state of your smile and surrounding areas. Once your jaw and gums are in great shape, we can continue moving forward with your treatment.

Dental Implant Surgery

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At Forever Young Dentistry Bayside, we are proud to complete the entire dental implant process at our practice, so you don’t need to work with an outside specialist. A guide will be used during dental implant placement, which lowers the risk of unexpected complications occurring during the process. After the area is numbed with a local anesthetic, an incision is made in the gum tissue. Then, the implant is placed at a precise angle in the jaw. The gums are closed, and a protective cap is placed over the post to keep it protected as it heals.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

Digital illustration of a dental implant

About 3 to 6 months are needed for the implants to finish joining with the jawbone. This process is called “osseointegration.” Then, you will need to get another minor procedure where the abutments are placed onto your implant posts. Impressions are taken so your restoration can be customized to fit your unique smile.

Delivery of Dental Implant Restoration

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Finally, we will design your replacement teeth and use the implants to firmly anchor them to your jaw. We will then examine your smile to ensure that everything looks and feels as it should. Then, you will be sent on your way to show off your new and improved smile!


Benefits of Dental Implants

Dentist holding a dental crown and a model of the mouth with a dental implant

What kind of dental issue are you suffering from? How severe is it? What kind of treatment do you need? The answers to these questions will help determine the overall price of your emergency endodontic care. Don’t worry; you won’t have to move forward with any procedures before you have an idea of how much you will need to pay for them. On top of that, our team is willing to work with you to help make your treatment as affordable as possible.

Day-to-Day Benefits

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Dental implants do more than just replace missing teeth. They also offer patients considerable benefits for their quality of life, including:

  • Lasting for three decades or more with good maintenance. In many cases, dental implants last for a lifetime.
  • Making you look younger and helping you feel more confident by completing your smile and preventing the jaw from receding.
  • Allowing you to eat all kinds of foods that traditional restorations like dentures have difficulty chewing, such as steak, crunchy fruits and veggies, and corn-on-the-cob.
  • Being very easy to clean, as they only require the same oral hygiene routine as natural teeth.

Health Benefits

Illustration of implant dentures

Dental implants can be an excellent way to improve a patient’s oral and overall health, as they offer dramatic benefits like:

  • Keeping the underlying bone healthy and strong by stimulating the jaw to prevent it from receding.
  • Preventing your remaining teeth from shifting out of place as the atrophying jaw changes shape.
  • Allowing the patient to enjoy a nutritious diet of many different types of food, helping the body stay healthy and fit for decades to come.
  • Since dental implants are surgically fixed in place, dental bridges and dentures secured with them cannot slide out of position to irritate and cause sores in the surrounding soft tissues of the mouth.

Long-Term Benefits

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Dental implants are a sound long-term investment in your future health and confidence that can vastly improve your daily experience. A few great reasons to consider getting them include:

  • Dental implants boast an impressive 95% success rate even ten years after placement.
  • Dental implants can last for decades with excellent care, so they will not require regular replacement like dentures or dental bridges.
  • Since dental implants work just like real teeth after being placed, they can save you a lot of money by not requiring replacement or special maintenance like other tooth replacement options.


Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Even if you favor implants, you likely want to know their price first. (A treatment only helps when it fits your budget.) Still, the cost of dental implants varies by patient. You’ll need to consult our dentists to get a more precise estimate. From there, our team will work to make your care affordable. We’ll even walk you through the relevant pricing factors and payment options. For more details, just keep reading or call our office soon.

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

Dentists performing a dental implant surgery

Firstly, some patients need preliminary services before implant surgery. These procedures may include bone grafts, gum disease therapy, or even tooth extractions. If you require them, they’ll add to your treatment expenses. That said, they’d serve a vital purpose: Ensuring your new smile’s success. Plus, most dental plans partially cover them.

Furthermore, implant surgery incurs its own cost. This amount is shaped by your implant’s location, anesthesia, etc. Fortunately, our office performs this treatment wholly in-office. You won’t have to worry about paying an outside surgeon.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

A dental implant model held by a dentist

Of course, the actual implant features also affect your treatment cost. The most common of these are:

  • Implant Number – In most cases, placing more implants means higher expenses. Notably, though, an implant denture is more cost-effective than replacing each tooth separately.
  • Implant Size/Material –Implants often come in different sizes and materials. For example, zirconia ones cost more than titanium kinds. Similarly, long implants are pricier than short ones.
  • Implant Brand – Different manufacturers make implants differently, so one provider may charge more for their stock than another.
  • Restoration Type – Crowns, bridges, and dentures have different prices. The smaller of these restorations are generally less expensive.

How Dental Implants Can Save You Money

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Because dentures and bridges have low upfront costs, you may think they’re the better choices. However, dental implants will save you money in the long run.

For starters, implants often lack long-term expenses. Due to their long lifespans, they need few (if any) repair visits. The restorations also don’t require adhesives to work. Patients can typically care for them without buying pricey tools.

More crucially, implants are good for oral health. They won’t wear down your teeth or irritate your gums. Even better, they’re as easy to clean as natural teeth. So, implants will lower your odds of having to treat costly oral issues (i.e., tooth decay, gum disease, etc.).

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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Sadly, dental insurance normally won’t cover implants. Most policies see the restorations as medically unnecessary. Therefore, patients must often pay for them out-of-pocket.

On the bright side, exceptions do exist. Your plan may well offer partial coverage. Given that fact, confirm your policy’s benefits before care. Our office can even help you do so.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

A woman paying the cost of dental implants

Aside from insurance, other methods can make implants affordable. Notable among them are a dental practice’s payment options. With the right one, your future implants will be budget-friendly.

For instance, consider our own practice. We provide:

  • In-House Membership Plans – For a flat annual fee, our membership plan offers a discount on dental implants.
  • CareCredit Financing – We happen to work with CareCredit, a third-party financier. They’d let you pay for implants in monthly installments.

In the end, we’re eager to give you effective and affordable implants. Learn more about financing them with a consultation at our office!


All-on-4 & All-on-X Implants

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The All-on-4 and All-on-X dental implant procedures are somewhat similar to traditional dental implant placement. However, the implant posts are inserted at specific angles so that they can give your new teeth a sturdier foundation. This helps reduce the number of dental implant posts that are needed overall. Additionally, many All-on-4 and All-on-X patients can get new teeth on the day of their dental implant surgery. Feel free to ask us about All-on-4 or All-on-X if you’ve lost a full arch of teeth.


Screw-Retained Dental Implants

Illustrated dental crown being attached to a dental implant

In some cases, we can attach your final restoration to your dental implants with a screw. One of the biggest advantages of screw-retained dental implants is that they make it very easy to remove your restoration in case it needs to be taken out of your mouth for whatever reason.


Sinus Lifts

Illustrated dental instrument moving the sinus

A sinus lift may be required if you need dental implants to replace the teeth near the back of your mouth in your upper jaw. Your sinus cavity will be gently lifted, creating space that can be filled with bone grafting material. Not only does this provide more bone to support the implant posts, but it also ensures that your sinus cavity is safely out of the way during placement.


Bone Grafts

Illustrated bone grafting material being placed into the jawbone

Oftentimes a bone graft needs to be performed as part of the dental implant process if there isn’t enough bone density in your jaw. We can strengthen and rebuild your jawbone using bone tissue that can either be taken from a donor or from your own body. A certain level of bone is needed before your jaw can successfully support dental implants.

Dental Implant FAQs

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

Before beginning the dental implant procedure, our team will first numb your mouth with a local anesthetic so that you don’t feel any pain throughout your appointment. You will likely also be provided with sedation dentistry so that you can experience a more relaxing and pleasant experience while undergoing the process. Furthermore, the jawbone doesn’t have many nerve endings, which can further decrease the likelihood of feeling pain during your treatment. Following your surgery, you’ll normally experience some discomfort or soreness. Make sure to take over-the-counter or prescribed pain medications as well as use a cold compress to help make yourself more comfortable while you recover. If any discomfort worsens after around three days, notify our team right away for help.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From Dental Implant Surgery?

It can usually take about three to six months for your dental implants to integrate with your jawbone completely. That said, patients can typically expect to return to their usual daily activities the day after their surgery. Of course, you’ll need to take certain precautions to prevent any discomfort or disturbing the surgical site while it heals. This usually involves refraining from strenuous exercise for at least the first week or so, since this can end up interfering with your recovery. You might expect intermittent bleeding for the first couple of days, but it shouldn’t last longer than three to four. Feel free to take prescribed or OTC pain relievers as instructed on the label. Reach out to our team if you notice any abnormalities during your recovery so that we can provide the treatment you need to get you back on track.

Is There Anything I Shouldn’t Eat with Dental Implants?

While your dental implants will be able to help you regain a large majority of your natural biting power, the first couple of weeks after your placement surgery will require you to avoid foods that are tougher to chew. Additionally, you should refrain from drinking acidic, alcoholic, and sugary beverages. DO NOT use a straw, as the suction can end up disturbing the surgical site. Once your implants have properly fused to your jawbone, you should be able to eat nearly all of your favorite foods. Do be cautious of foods that are particularly sticky/chewy, as they can potentially dislodge or loosen your restoration(s).

What Can Cause Dental Implants to Fail?

The biggest suspect of dental implant failure is peri-implantitis, which is a form of gum disease that targets the connective tissues holding the titanium post in position. Second to that would be failed osseointegration, meaning the implants weren’t able to properly fuse with your jawbone to provide a stable foundation for your restoration(s). Other reasons may involve tobacco use, radiation to the head and neck, chronic teeth grinding, poor oral hygiene, certain medications, and particular health conditions (diabetes, osteoporosis, autoimmune disorders, cancer, etc.). Our team will provide you with guidelines on how to significantly reduce your risk of implant failure before and after your treatment.