Dental Implants

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth due to extractions regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. Titanium is incredibly biocompatible, especially when coated with hydroxylapatite (HA).  The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone shrinkage which occurs when teeth are missing.

The Difference in our Implant Dentistry : From examination to finished result, we bio-engineer each implant case to produce the most advantageous healing with results designed to function for decades. So what’s different?

1)  Successful healing can be significantly enhanced using the body’s own Leukocyte Platelet Rich Fibrin (L-PRF).  L-PRF is derived from the patient in a routine blood draw.  We take the small blood sample tubes and centrifuge them in a special process to extract what produces accelerated healing–white blood cells, platelets, stem cells, and proteins called growth factors. The result is 100% natural from the patients own blood with no chemicals of any kind added.  Dr. Moussalli incorporates the L-PRF into implant and grafting procedures in a variety of techniques to meet the patient’s specific need and ensure the best possible healing result.  Interested in learning more?  Visit INTRA-LOCK.

2)  The preparation of the jawbone for implants can be accomplished in a manner that actually preserves the patient’s own bone using a unique system developed by an internationally known Michigan dental specialist.  Dr. Moussalli uses his osseodensification system to preserve, rather than remove, the patient’s own bone during implant placement.  This approach results in denser bone, which is associated with higher success rates and greater implant longevity.  It minimizes the need for bone grafting with implants by expanding the patient’s own bone, creating a better result at less cost.  Osseodensification also allows a minimally invasive approach to procedures such as SINUS LIFTS.

3)  Every implant that Dr. Moussalli places is coated with a mineral-like substance called hydroxylapatite (HA).  HA is a natural substance present in the hard tissues of the body such as enamel, dentin, and bone.  HA-coated implants are proven to have higher success rates and greater longevity, especially in soft bone.  How long do you want your implant to last?

4)  Most bone graft procedures use human bone derived from a donor, although sometimes the patient’s own bone can be used.  Donor bone is processed according to strict industry standards.  However, one company, Zimmer Biomet, goes beyond those standards and proves the viability of its bone on human subjects by microscopically examining completed grafts to be certain of bone quality before making it available.  This is done for each batch of their bone product called PUROS.  Using Puros improves predictability of grafting procedures.

With dental implants, you can rediscover the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life

Evaluation for Dental Implants

If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is right for you, we first perform a dental examination and obtain x-rays and a health history. During this consultation visit, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Dr. Moussalli.  Dr. Moussalli provides a full scope of implant services including placement, restoration, and related bone and GUM GRAFTING procedures.  He has been performing bone grafting and gum grafting for over 20 years.  Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.

Dental Implant Procedure

Dental implants are titanium anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. As seen in the video, small posts are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Implants can be used to secure CROWNS or FIXED BRIDGES, replacing one or more teeth. They can also be used to stabilize loose DENTURES, creating what is  called an overdentures.