Bring Your Smile Back To Life With Dr. Chirco
There are plenty of dental restorations for missing teeth, but only one looks and feels just like your natural teeth — dental implants. At Warren Family Dentistry, our Warren, MI, implant dentist Dr. Chirco has years of experience restoring patients’ smiles using dental implants. Using biocompatible materials and customizable restorations, we’ll build a beautiful smile you’ll love sharing with everyone you meet.
Find out how our team of dental professionals can rejuvenate any number of missing teeth in our guide.
Why Choose Dental Implants at Warren Family Dentistry?
Our Warren dentist Dr. Chirco is passionate about continuing her education with an emphasis on dental materials and advanced technology. She implements this education by creating a comprehensive practice focused on staying up-to-date with the latest developments in dental implant technology. Dr. Chirco and her compassionate staff are proud to provide the best tooth replacement available.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are biocompatible titanium posts that mimic tooth roots, providing a permanent base for fixed or removable replacement teeth. These posts are surgically placed into the jawbone, fusing with the bone to provide a stable foundation for your custom replacement teeth. This fusion process is called osseointegration and is the key to making dental implants the most robust dental replacement technology available today.
Dental implants can replace one or more missing teeth and support a dental bridge, denture, or a single crown. The restoration consists of three parts:
- The Implant: This is the base of your restoration that is surgically placed in your jawbone.
- The Abutment: The abutment attaches your dental implant to your replacement tooth.
- The Porcelain Crown: The personalized dental crown is the final step of your treatment and the only visible part of your dental implant.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are excellent tooth replacement options for people looking for the most permanent and natural solution. These restorations have a host of benefits over dentures, bridges, and other removable appliances, including the following:
- Improved Appearance: Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, allowing you to smile confidently.
- Durability: Implants are designed to last for many years and can withstand normal chewing and biting forces.
- Comfort: Implants are integrated into the jawbone, providing a secure and stable base for the replacement teeth.
- Prevention: Dental implants stop your jawbone from degrading with stimulation to the bone tissue.
- Improved Oral Health: Implants don’t rely on support from adjacent teeth, so there’s no need to alter healthy teeth.
- Convenience: Implants don’t require special maintenance and can be cleaned like natural teeth.
- Better Speech: Unlike dentures, implants won’t slip or shift, allowing you to speak clearly.
- Increased Self-Esteem: Implants can restore your confidence and improve your overall quality of life.
The Dental Implant Process
Your Dental Implant Consultation at Warren Family Dentistry
Your journey to a brighter smile begins with your consultation at our Warren dental implant office. At this appointment, Dr. Chirco and her team of dental professionals will first clean and examine your teeth before taking digital x-rays. You’ll then discuss your exam, smile goals, and x-rays to determine whether dental implants are the best option for you.
If we decide dental implants will work for your restoration, we’ll perform any necessary procedures, such as bone grafting, to improve your oral health. Once we’ve created a healthy oral environment, you’ll schedule your placement appointment.
Placing Your Dental Implants
Your dental implant placement appointment begins with professional teeth cleaning, ensuring no bacteria works its way into your implant site. We’ll then apply a local anesthetic to the soft tissues around your implant site to make the procedure as painless as possible.
After the numbing agent sets in, Dr. Chirco will create a surgical incision in your gums and place the titanium dental implant into your jawbone. Placing your implant begins the osseointegration process. We’ll fix your temporary restoration atop the implant before you head home to rest, heal, and allow your bone to fuse with the implant, which generally takes three to six months.
Finalizing Your Restoration
Once we’ve determined that your dental implants have fully bonded and secured to your jawbone, we’ll schedule your appointment to place your permanent restoration. These personalized dental crowns attach to the titanium rod to blend seamlessly into your smile, giving you a functional and natural-looking restoration that can last a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions
The first couple of weeks after your implant surgery are crucial to the success of your treatment. Make sure to follow any post-op instructions given to you by Dr. Chirco carefully during this time. These instructions include limiting your diet to soft foods, avoiding smoking and drinking alcohol, and rinsing your mouth with warm salt water after meals.
When you’ve fully healed, your dental implants can be cared for just like natural teeth. No special tools or products are necessary to maintain their condition. Be sure to brush and floss twice a day as well as visit our Warren office once every six months for regular checkups.
Yes, dental implants are safe — the treatment boasts a success rate of 98 percent. As long as your surgery is performed by an experienced and qualified dentist, such as Dr. Chirco, there’s no reason to worry. In fact, dental implants are the only restorative solution that stimulates your jawbone and prevents teeth from shifting, making implants the best option to protect your health in the long run.
Dental implants are designed to mimic your natural teeth, meaning they can last up to a lifetime with proper care. Thankfully, caring for your implants is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. You’ll want to ensure you’re flossing once and brushing twice daily alongside your biannual dental appointments for cleaning and checkups to extend the lifespan of your implants.
Yes, dental implants can support dentures or bridges. Implants are anchored into the jawbone and provide a stable base for removable dentures or permanent bridges. This restorative method helps improve the fit and stability of the dentures or bridges while preserving your jawbone structure. The number and placement of implants will depend on the patient’s specific needs and goals.
Restore Your Smile at Warren Family Dentistry
Dr. Chirco and her team of dental professionals are proud to offer the gold standard in restorative dentistry. Dental implants in Warren, MI, create stunning smiles for patients missing any number of teeth. We give our patients the freedom to smile confidently again.
Schedule your appointment at Warren Family Dentistry by calling (586) 574-9500 or filling out our online contact form. We happily serve patients in Warren, Fraser, Eastpointe, and Madison Heights, MI.