Implant Dentistry

Dental implants can be a smart choice for adults of all ages, whether you were born without a tooth or have had to have teeth removed due to injury, infection or tooth decay. At Petoskey Dental Associates we are happy to provide all these services to you!

Dental implant placement usually involves the following steps:

  1. Initial consultation: We will thoroughly examine your mouth, including taking X-rays, impressions, and discussing the various implant options and develop a plan for your implant procedure.
  2. Non Traumatic Extraction and Bone Grafting if necessary: The damaged tooth is removed and Dr. Clement will place bone grafting material to create a solid base for your new dental implant.
  3. Dental implant placement: Dr. Clement will place the dental implant in your jawbone where your tooth is missing.  Local anesthesia will be used to keep you comfortable during the procedure. In most cases, the placement of the implant has very little post-operative pain.  Over-the-counter medications can be used to manage any post-operative discomfort.
  4. Osseointegration: As you heal, your implant and jawbone will grow together in a process called osseointegration forming a strong, long-lasting foundation for your replacement teeth. During this healing process, which can take up to a few months, you go on with your normal life. You will be on a soft food diet for the first few weeks to make sure your implants heal properly. In some cases, Dr. Clement may also be able to place temporary teeth during this period, if the correct situation presents itself.
  5. Abutment placement: Once your implant bonds with your jawbone, a small connector – called an abutment – is placed on the dental implant just above the gum line. In some cases, the abutment can be placed at the same time as the implant.
  6. Custom-make and attach new teeth: After your gums heal, Dr. Clement will make impressions of your mouth and remaining teeth to custom-make your implant teeth. These teeth – which can be an individual crown, implant-supported bridge or dentures containing multiple replacement teeth – will be attached to the abutment. Although they don’t decay, your new teeth will need the same routine care, checkups and cleanings as your natural teeth.
  7. Periodic checkups: Depending on the number and type of implants and replacement teeth you receive, the entire process can take three to nine months. After your dental implant placement is finished, you’ll visit our office periodically for follow-up checkups and continuing care visits.

Types of Implants:

There are 3 common implant supported restorations used in modern dentistry:

Dental Implant Crowns – A dental implant crown can be built to match the surrounding teeth, and attached to the dental implant to restore a single missing tooth.

Dental Implant Bridges – Implant supported bridges are supported by two or more implants and not by natural teeth.  This may be preferable in some cases where the patient is missing quite a few teeth, or healthy abutment teeth can’t be found. This non-removable option can be used for an entire upper arch, lower arch, or both in place of a removable denture. At least four implants are needed for this procedure. This has a number of advantages compared to traditional dentures. Implant supported fixed bridges and dentures don’t slip, and they look and feel more natural.

Implant supported Dentures – Dental implants can be used to support dentures. The dentures “click” into the implants for a more secure experience. With this option, lower dentures are much more secure and upper dentures can be modified to remove the cover over your palate so food tastes better.

Retro-fitting Existing Dentures- If your current dentures are loose or don’t fit well, under certain circumstances, Dr. Clement can use dental implants to stabilize your current denture.  Eating can be enjoyable again!

For more information please visit the American Academy of Implant Dentistry at: