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Dental implants to replace teeth, The many benefits of prosthetics that are designed like natural teeth!

Restorative dentistry need not be in your future. Our University of Michigan- and Pankey Institute-trained dentist, Dr. Douglas Hoppe, works closely with patients of all ages from across central Michigan to keep their teeth looking, feeling, and functioning at their best. From our office in Eaton Rapids, Douglas Hoppe DDS provides a range of preventative and general dentistry services to protect the teeth from the leading causes of damage and tooth loss: dental decay and gum disease. 

Additionally, our advanced practice is prepared for whatever life brings with high-quality dental restorations and prosthetics. 

The beauty and functionality of implants restoration services 

Dental implants represent a modern type of tooth replacement. A tooth may need to be replaced if it is:

  • Deeply or severely infected or inflamed
  • Treated with root canal therapy, but does not heal 
  • Not a good candidate to be preserved with nonsurgical root canal treatment 
  • Persistently infected, despite other interventions (such as surgical endodontic procedures)
  • Fractured in a way that threatens the structural integrity of the tooth 
  • Dislodged or fully avulsed (knocked-out) and cannot be properly “re-rooted” or reimplanted 

The implant is a small biocompatible material made from titanium or zirconium. This material is designed to fuse naturally, predictably, and safely to the surrounding natural tissues. Once it has healed, the implant can function like a tooth root. Natural roots hold or stabilize the teeth in place. Earlier-generation replacement teeth, such as bridges and dentures, only replace the visible part of the tooth, the white crown, and gummy tissue as appropriate to your situation.

Before & After Results

  • Patient presented with tooth #9 broken in an accident down to the gum line. Upper left maxillary central incisor (tooth #9) was not able to be saved. Pt. was also unhappy with crowns next to the fractured tooth and overall color and appearance of his teeth and smile. Custom bleaching trays were recommended to whiten all of his teeth. Extraction of tooth #9 and replacement with implant crown #9 was recommended along with replacement of older crowns on teeth #’s: 7, 8, and 10.
  • Models of his teeth were taken for fabrication of at home bleaching trays for both upper and lower teeth. Patient wore bleaching trays for 30 minutes/day for 3 weeks to whiten his teeth. Pt. was referred to the surgeon for extraction and implant placement of tooth #9. Pt. wore a flipper or temporary maxillary partial denture during healing and integration of implant on #9 (~ 4 months). Next the older crowns were removed and teeth prepared for new crowns. Models were taken for fabrication of all ceramic crowns on teeth #’s: 7, 8, and 10 along with fabrication of custom abutment and all porcelain crown on #9.
  • The patient was very happy with the final result. The entire treatment took ~ 8 months with about 6 months of time for healing of the extraction site and implant integration.
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With this advanced alternative to “conventional” bridges and dentures, Dr. Hoppe attaches the implant to the “prosthetic” or replacement tooth. These prosthetics range from a single crown to a dental bridge to partial and complete dentures (“overdentures”). Since the replacement teeth are designed like natural teeth (with roots!), patients with dental implants enjoy many benefits, including:

  • Natural esthetics
  • Natural feel in the mouth 
  • Lasting function 
  • Superior comfort (no loose dentures)
  • Low-maintenance 
  • Prevents or stops the bone loss 

To the last point, implant-supported dentures are connected to the jawbone. So, they keep the supportive bony tissue strong. Bone loss is potentially devastating and can affect everything from the structure and appearance of your face to the fit of traditional dentures. Overdentures maintain their fit and do not require the ongoing relining and adjustments associated with conventional dentures. To learn more about the implant process and how our kind and highly capable team in Eaton Rapids, MI, can help, call us at (517) 667-7066.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants
Dental implants are titanium roots, that are replaced with in the jawbone to resemble a tooth or group of teeth. A screw is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the screw to become the new tooth or teeth. They can be used to support dental prosthesis including crowns, dentures, and bridges. Today’s treatments are so natural looking, no one will know you had surgery. There’s approximately a 95% success rate for all implants. With modern advances in dentistry, some implants can be restored immediately with life like all porcelain crowns. For more details ask your dentist.

For Excellence In Dental Care, Schedule An Appointment With Dr. Hoppe Today!

It does not matter if you are seeking preventive dental care in the form of a teeth cleaning and exam or more intensive dental care like a root canal or dental emergency. Douglas Hoppe DDS is here to make sure you get the care you need. Schedule an appointment with us today by calling (517) 667-7066.

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