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How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants continue to be the leading solution for many patients with missing teeth because they are attached to the jaw bone. The placement phase involves attaching one or more dental implants directly to the jaw bone through a surgical procedure. Dr. Hanson uses guided implant surgery techniques to ensure optimal placement of dental implants and can perform preparatory procedures, such as bone grafting and tooth extractions, in-house before your procedure. Once the implants are surgically placed, they are left to heal for a few months until they are fully integrated with the bone. During this healing phase, your custom crown, denture or bridge will be designed. We perform the entire surgery and final restorations in our office so it’s easy for you to get the treatment you need for missing teeth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Permanent tooth restoration
  • Restorations look and feel natural
  • Restores ability to eat and speak
  • No food limitations
  • Preserves jaw bone
  • Improves self-confidence

Dentures vs Dental Implants

  • Removable
  • Can look natural
  • Attached to the gum line with removable adhesive
  • Accelerate bone loss
  • Enhance the smile
  • Permanent
  • Look and feel natural
  • Attached to jaw bone permanently
  • Prevents bone loss
  • Restores and enhances the smile

Why Choose the Full-Arch Dental Implant Solution?

Dentures offer numerous benefits to patients with missing teeth but have their downsides. Even though dentures can restore the smile, they tend to look artificial and can shift or move easily in the mouth. Many people find it challenging to keep their dentures in place for long periods of time and must take extra care to clean them. Since dentures sit on top of the gums, they do not stimulate the jaw bone which can cause jaw bone loss over time. Implant-supported dentures can resolve some of these issues, but full arch dental implants are proving to be the most viable solution for patients who want a complete smile restoration from the root of the tooth to the crown.

At West Highland Dental Care, we place hundreds of dental implants a year and offer full arch dental implants, or same-day dental implants, at our practice. We use guided implant surgery for precise placement and more predictable results. We also perform bone grafting and tooth extraction procedures to prepare patients for dental implants when needed.

At West Highland Dental Care, we offer all-new Teeth In One Day.

What to Expect with Full Arch Dental Implants

Full arch dental implants are designed to look more natural than traditional dentures and are made with very high-quality and durable materials. They not only restore the ability to eat and speak properly, but also create a stable structure below the gum line to keep your jaw bone and facial structure intact. Full arch dental implants involve placing a set of dental implants into the areas with the least amount of bone, or areas with missing teeth, and attaching a set of fabricated teeth to the implants. Unlike implant-supported dentures, full arch dental implants won’t crack or break as acrylic bridges or dentures can. They are also non-porous, so they will not stain and are very easy to clean. At West Highland Dental Care, we offer Pretteau Zirconia Bridges for the absolute best in strength and beauty.

Benefits of Full Arch Dental Implants

  • Permanently restore missing teeth
  • Resistant to cracking and breaking
  • Improve the quality of the smile
  • Restore the ability to eat and speak
  • Prevent jaw bone loss
  • Stable structure and secure fit
  • Permanent with proper care
  • Enhance smile from inside out

At West Highland Dental Care, we are dedicated to providing the best service and quality. That’s why we offer Prettau Zirconia bridges as an option for full arch implants.

A Comparison of tooth replacement options in Howell, Michigan


  • Restore function and aesthetics of the smile
  • Look natural​
  • Dentures designed with acrylic materials
  • Sits above the gums
  • Secure fit
  • Restore the ability to eat and speak
  • Removable


  • Restore function, aesthetics, and bone structure of the smile
  • Look and feel natural
  • Dentures designed with acrylic materials
  • Implants prevent jaw bone loss
  • Stable and secure fit
  • Restore the ability to eat and speak
  • Can be removable


  • Restore function, aesthetics, and bone structure of the smile
  • Look and feels very natural
  • Fabricated teeth designed with Zirconia or other materials
  • Prevent jaw bone loss
  • Stable and secure fit
  • Restore the ability to eat and speak
  • Permanent

Understanding Dental Implant Cost

Don’t let dental implant costs keep you from getting the timely treatment you need. Many patients are surprised to find out how much they end up saving over their lifetime by getting missing teeth replaced with dental implants.

Dental implant surgery can be an extensive procedure and many patients in Howell, Michigan, seek out dental implant cost information and payment options. Our team at West Highland Dental Care has extensive experience performing dental implant surgery and offer both placement and restoration procedures in our office. We offer several types of tooth restoration options, and the type, number of missing teeth, and other factors all influence the final cost of your treatment plan. We are here to work with you to ensure you get the quality care you deserve and a treatment plan that helps you achieve your goals. Many patients find that the upfront dental implant cost is very minimal compared to the potential future costs associated with repairing missing teeth, jaw bone loss, and other oral health issues.

Factors that Affect Dental Implant Cost

Dental implant surgery is typically performed in stages because some procedures require healing and recovery between treatments. After the implants are placed, there is a waiting period of a few months as the implant assimilates with the jaw bone. This can help you manage your budget so the total cost of treatment is less overwhelming.

Factors that affect dental implant cost include:

  • Number of missing teeth
  • Extractions needed
  • Bone grafts or sinus lifts
  • Treatment of gum disease
  • Type of restoration
  • Dentist’s experience

Why Choose Dental Implants?

  • Permanently replace one or more missing teeth
  • Restore self-confidence and wellbeing
  • Improve biting and chewing power
  • Enhance smile aesthetics and harmony

Managing the Cost of Dental Implants

At West Highland Dental Care, we do everything we can to help patients manage their dental implant costs so they can get the procedures they need in a timely manner. We understand that dental implants are an investment and can explore financing options and insurance coverage with you to help you better manage your budget.

During your consultation, one of our experienced team members will sit down with you and discuss your options. Dr. Hanson has advanced experience in the field of implant dentistry and places hundreds of implants a year for patients in Howell, Michigan, and surrounding areas. Working with him means you can count on the experience and expertise of a trusted doctor and enjoy benefits that last a lifetime.

Failing Dental Implants

Treatment for Peri-Implantitis Can Save Your Implant

While the success rate of dental implants is high, there are some situations where a dental implant can fail. One of the most common reasons for failing dental implants is an infection that develops around the base of the implant. This is called peri-implantitis, a condition that is very similar to periodontal disease that can destroy soft tissue and cause complete dental implant failure. Our team can treat peri-implantitis in Howell, Michigan, and has extensive experience working on all types of implant dentistry cases.

Just like gum disease, peri-implantitis is a progressive condition that destroys both soft tissue and bone tissue as the infection spreads. It is often characterized by pain or discomfort, swelling, loose implants, pus, gum recession. Taking steps to maintain proper oral hygiene and reduce the risk of infection is essential for patients with dental implants. If there has not been too much bone loss and the problem has been caught early, we can save the implant, restore the health of surrounding gum tissue and prevent failing dental implants.

The Peri-Implantitis Treatment Procedure

Since peri-implantitis is an infectious disease, we need to take every step we can to control the inflammation and infection before it spreads. Patients with a history of gum disease, or periodontal disease, that get dental implants need to take extra steps to address any signs of infection as soon as possible to prevent failing dental implants.

Dr. Hanson uses the latest technologies and techniques to treat peri-implantitis to eliminate the need to replace the dental implant. He may use ultrasonics and polishing tools to help clear the infected tissue or perform a modified bone grafting procedure around the areas with bone loss to strengthen the foundation and thicken the gum tissue. He will do everything he can to save the implant so the patient doesn’t need to undergo another dental implant surgery to replace the entire implant.

Why Dental Implants Fail

  • Improper dental implant placement
  • Bone loss around dental implants
  • Bite problems
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes, which can slow healing rates
  • Pre-existing untreated gum disease
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Peri-implantitis

Dental Implant FAQ

Important Facts About Dental Implants

Many patients seek out dental implant FAQ information when they are deciding if dental implants are right for them or when they want to learn more about tooth replacement procedures. We can answer all of your questions during your consultation at our practice in Howell, Michigan, but below are some dental implant FAQs:

Can I get more than one tooth replaced with dental implants?

We can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth with dental implants. We also offer implant-supported dentures and full arch dental implants for patients that need several or all of their teeth in the upper or lower jaw replaced.

Will my insurance cover my dental implant procedure?

Some insurance companies will cover a portion or all the costs of dental implant surgery. They may also cover pre-operative procedures, such as a sinus lift or bone grafting. We can review your benefits coverage before your treatment begins.

How much experience does the doctor have with dental implant placement and restoration?

Our dentist, Dr. Benjamin Hanson, received a Doctorate Degree in Dental Surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and has extensive experience performing dental implant surgery.

In addition to serving as a general dentist in Howell, Michigan, Dr. Hanson is the sole Clinical Director of Implantology for Heartland Dental which supports over 800 dentistry practices. He places hundreds of dental implants a year and has worked on all types of tooth replacement cases.

How long does it take to get my teeth replaced with dental implants?

The dental implant placement procedure is performed in one visit but you will need to come back for a checkup and for the final implant restoration. If you end up needing a bone graft or other procedures before the placement procedure, you will need to plan for a few visits.

Is the procedure painful?

Dental implant surgery is performed in our office under IV sedation  so most patients find it to be tolerable. Dr. Hanson and our team work hard to ensure patient comfort with any procedure and will walk you through the process so you know what to expect. Any post-op pain you experience is easy to manage with over-the-counter pain relievers and by placing an ice compress around the treated area.

What to Expect

Preparing for Dental Implant Surgery

Many patients in Howell, Michigan with missing teeth want to learn more about what to expect with dental implants. Whether you have one or several missing teeth, we can take care of both the dental implant placement and the restoration. Your treatment begins with a one-on-one consultation with our experienced team to determine what types of implants you need and how many teeth need treatment. Our team can review insurance benefits to determine whether your insurance provider will cover some or all of your treatment. We can then put you on the schedule for any pre-operative procedures such as bone grafting or a sinus lift, or the placement procedure itself.

Did You Know?

  • More than 35 million Americans are missing all of their teeth
  • About 3 million people in the United States have received an implant
  • 1 in 4 adults will lose all of their permanent teeth by the age of 74

The Dental Implant Procedure

Dental implant surgery is performed right in our office in Howell, Michigan, and Dr. Hanson offers IV sedation to make your visit as comfortable and painless as possible. Dr. Hanson places hundreds of dental implants a year so you know you will be working with an experienced implant dentist. The surgery involves fusing the base of the dental implant with the jaw bone using a special surgery technique. Dr. Hanson will need to make a small opening in the gums to access the jaw bone and once the base of the implant is placed successfully, the treatment area is closed up with sutures.  The healing phase for dental implants can take several months because this is the period of time where the base of the implant fully attaches to the jaw bone. This process is called osseointegration and the amount of time this takes can vary from patient to patient. Once fully healed, Dr. Hanson can complete the restoration process that involves placing the crown on top of the implant. If you are getting implant-supported dentures or full-arch implants, he will attach the dentures or the fabricated teeth to the implant.


With the All-on-4® process, patients who are in danger of losing all or most of their upper and/or lower teeth will enjoy durable, long-lasting replacements that function and feel like normal teeth. Best of all, you can avoid the need for loose, restrictive dentures.

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Esteem Dental Implants

Esteem Dental Implants is a state-of-the-art, full-mouth bridge procedure performed by highly trained and certified doctors who deliver compassionate care every step of the way. Esteem can change your life in as little as one day, empowering you with the healthy smile you have always envisioned.

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Individual Dental Implants

A dental implant is a titanium post (like a tooth root) that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line and topped with a replacement tooth. If you're considering implants, you must have healthy gums and a jaw bone that is strong enough to secure and support the post. 

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