Our natural-looking dental implants are surgically attached to your jaw, providing outstanding comfort and chewing power that you won’t get with any other restoration. They also improve your oral health by stimulating natural jawbone growth.
The implant process begins when Dr. Klym surgically attaches the implant fixture, made from a strong, titanium material, to act as a tooth root to keep the implant in place. This is a minor procedure that Dr. Klym performs in our office.
Once your jaw develops a firm, stable connection with the implant fixture, you’ll return to our office so Dr. Klym can complete the process by adding an attractive crown.
Your crown is custom-made to blend in with the rest of your smile. Unlike dentures, your new prosthetic tooth won’t come out or shift position when you’re talking or eating. And it’s easy to care for your implants — just continue to brush and floss as you would with your natural teeth.
We can also use dental implants to restore more than one missing tooth. If the missing teeth aren’t adjacent, we’ll use individual dental implants to replace them.
If you have more than one missing teeth that are next to each other, Dr. Klym can restore your smile using an implant-supported bridge. This is a single restoration that secures two or more prosthetic replacement teeth called pontics.
An implant-supported bridge is safer and longer-lasting than the traditional type of bridge that’s held in place by cementing it to your natural teeth. Like all our implant solutions, an implant-supported bridge promotes healthy jawbone growth.
Regular dentures rest on top of your gums, which can cause slippage and pain when you’re eating. Implants will secure your dentures directly to your jaw, allowing you to eat and speak with ease.
If you’re looking to restore one or both arches using dental implants, you’ve come to the right place. Dr. Klym is an outstanding implant dentist who’s been recognized for excellence in dental implant placement by both the Misch International Implant Institute and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
All of our dental implants are made by nSequence, a premier dental laboratory. These aren’t the one-size-fits-all restorations that many dentists use. Instead, an nSequence restoration is custom-crafted to meet your needs.
Implant-secured full-arch restorations are often referred to as overdentures or hybrid dentures. To restore your arch, Dr. Klym will use four to seven dental implants to attach an attractive set of prosthetic teeth that’s made to fit your smile.
When you come into our office to receive full arch restorations, you’ll leave our office with a beautiful, temporary set of restorations that same day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a dental implant better than a bridge?
As its name implies, a dental bridge helps bridge the gap left by one or more missing teeth. It’s composed of artificial teeth held in place by dental crowns on adjacent natural teeth. However, while a dental bridge may appear to be the more convenient tooth replacement option in the short term, the long-term benefits of dental implants make them a far superior option for most patients.
Dental bridges only last seven to ten years, while implant fixtures can last a lifetime with proper care. Frequently replacing a bridge can be costly, making implants the more cost-effective solution in the long run. Additionally, bridges can’t prevent jawbone deterioration like implant restorations, leading to a sunken appearance and reduced bone mass.
What are the benefits of dental implants compared to traditional dentures?
Dentures have been a popular tooth replacement method for many years, but restoring your smile with dental implants offers much more benefits.
Unlike traditional dentures, implant restorations will never shift or come loose and don’t require messy dental adhesives. Patients can also clean dental implant restorations like natural teeth for a much more convenient oral hygiene routine. Best of all, dental implants are the only tooth loss solution that actively prevents jawbone loss.
With our implant-supported dentures, you can have the best of both restorations. We can affix a complete arch of dentures to your dental implants for a stunning, permanent solution to tooth loss.
Which implant solution looks the most discreet?
All of our Traverse City dental implant solutions look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Because implant fixtures are inserted directly into the jawbone, restorations will mimic tooth roots and prevent tooth shifting and jawbone loss. Not only will this ensure a sturdy fit, but a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
Our expert implant dentist Dr. Klym will ensure your implant restorations match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth for a seamless appearance. No matter which dental implant treatment you receive, you can rest assured knowing that your smile’s functionality doesn’t come at the cost of its beauty.
Is receiving dental implants painful?
Receiving dental implants is a virtually painless experience. Dr. Klym will administer a local anesthetic beforehand to ensure you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. We also offer dental sedation options for patients with dental anxiety or difficulty getting numb from anesthetic alone.
It’s normal to experience mild discomfort once the numbness subsides, but any pain should fade within a few days. You can use over-the-counter pain medications and cold compresses to alleviate any soreness in the meantime.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are durable titanium fixtures that are strong enough to last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. Because implants aren’t removable, caring for your restoration is as simple as following your typical oral hygiene routine.
We encourage patients to schedule biannual visits to our Traverse City office for regular check-ups and exams. These routine appointments can help keep your oral health and restorations in prime condition.