Our Implant Solutions
Dental implants are a permanent solution for your missing teeth. They’re the only tooth replacement system that protects your oral health while enhancing your appearance. Whether you’re missing one tooth, several teeth, or all your teeth, Dr. Klym will find the right treatment to restore your smile.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is comprised of three parts. The implant fixture is a titanium post that’s placed directly in your jawbone. After the post has had time to properly integrate with your bone tissue (in a process known as osseointegration), we’ll attach a small connecting piece called the abutment and then top your implant with a beautiful porcelain crown.
What is the Dental Implant Process?
The dental implant process starts with your free consultation with Dr. Klym. You’ll be provided with a complete dental exam and Dr. Klym will ask you some questions so we can learn about your treatment goals. That way, he can design a treatment plan to meet your needs.
Step 2–Preliminary Treatments (If Necessary)
In some cases, Dr. Klym recommends one or more supplemental treatments such as bone grafting or treatment for gum disease to help the patient prepare for the implant process. As soon as your supplemental care is complete, we can begin the implant process.
Step 3–Placing Your Crown
After your initial surgery, it will take about 3 to 6 months for your jawbone to integrate with the implant fixture. As soon as you’re ready, you’ll return to our office so Dr. Klym can attach your permanent restoration.
Porcelain is an outstanding choice for dental restorations because it’s white, durable, and it reacts to light the same way your natural teeth do. You’ll leave our office ready to face the world with a fully restored smile.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
No other restoration offers the benefits you get with dental implants. The best way to find out if they’re right for you is to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Klym today. He’ll make sure you get the right treatment for your smile.
Conditions such as jawbone deterioration and gum disease will interfere with the dental implant process unless they’re effectively treated. That’s why we feature supplemental procedures including bone grafting and soft tissue augmentation to prepare your smile for dental implants.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are dental implants safe?
Yes, dental implants are completely safe. Made of a biocompatible material, they’re the only tooth replacement option that can regenerate lost jawbone and restore oral health. In fact, dental implants have about a 95 percent success rate.
When you visit a dentist who specializes in dental implant placement, you’re in good hands. Dr. Klym will ensure your dental implant procedure is as painless, stress-free, and streamlined as possible.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implant fixtures can last a lifetime with proper care, as they’re attached directly to your jawbone for a stable fit. However, your restoration may only last up to 15 years before needing to be replaced.
You can get the most out of your dental implant restoration by practicing proper oral hygiene maintenance. This includes twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash between meals. We also recommend scheduling an appointment with our Traverse City dentist for routine dental cleanings and exams.
What do I do in the event of a complication with my dental implants?
If you experience any complications or emergencies regarding your dental implants, call our Traverse City office right away at (231) 774-6819 to schedule an appointment. Our dentist Dr. Klym will assess your situation and work to repair or replace your implant restoration.
Don’t attempt to repair your dental implant on your own, as this may lead to further complications. Further issues may consist of infection, nerve damage or dental injury. A dental professional like Dr. Klym will know exactly what to do to resolve any issue with your restoration you may have.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implant procedures depends on several factors, such as how many implants were placed and which type of restoration you received. Dr. Klym will provide you with a cost estimate of your treatment at your initial consultation.
To learn more about our affordable payment options, we welcome you to visit our financing page. We’re proud to work with CareCredit to help patients cover the costs of their treatments. This third-party financing company offers a simple application process that can be completed online or by phone. You may even be eligible for financial assistance regardless of your dental insurance status.
Are dental implants covered by insurance?
Most dental insurance providers won’t cover the entire dental implant treatment, but some will cover a portion of the cost. We recommend that you contact your dental insurance provider beforehand to learn what your plan will cover.
Insurance providers sometimes use tricky language, which is why we;’re here to help you receive the benefits you’re entitled to. Call our office at (231) 774-6819 to learn how a member of our team can help you maximize your plan’s benefits.