Should I Get Dental Implants - Yes or No?Healthy teeth are extremely important for a healthy individual. The teeth are not only crucial for biting and chewing food but also deeply influence a person’s personality and confidence. Furthermore, they also provide structure to the face.

A person can have severe damage to their teeth or even lose their teeth for several reasons. Decay or diseased gums or an accident can be some of the causes for tooth loss. People used to wear dentures or fixed bridges to compensate the missing teeth. But dental implants have become a better option, since they provide better adjusting and close to a natural feel. This permanent solution can help in overcoming the problem of the missing tooth.

When a missing tooth is not replaced and is left unattended, it can cause damage to the jaw. And if several teeth are missing the damage can be greater and the remaining teeth are also negatively influenced.

Like any other medical procedure, the doctors and the patient need to consider whether the dental implants are the best choice, and should the patient get the dental implants at all. Following are the advantages and disadvantages of dental implants that can help you decide if the procedure is for you or should you consider another alternate.

The Procedure for Dental Implants

The procedure for dental implants is comprised of several steps. Several specialist dentists will perform this procedure over a course of time. First, the dentist will insert the dental implant, a titanium screw. The dentists wait for the dental implant to fuse with the jawbone. Once the dental implant is completely fused, the dentists will put together the replacement tooth with the screw.

The Advantages of Dental Implants

The obvious advantages of dental implants are:

  • Dental Implants look more aesthetically pleasing.
  • They Look More Natural
  • Teeth replaced with dental implants don’t damage neighboring teeth unlike other procedures.
  • The jaw bone is protected from degenerating because dental implants have properly replaced the missing tooth, even the roots.
  • There are no chewing and speaking difficulties with this procedure.

The Disadvantage of Dental Implants

The dental implants are a great solution for tooth loss but there are some downsides to the procedure as well that need to be considered.

  • There can be surgical complications like damage to the sinus cavity or some nerves. The likelihood of complication is very slim when the surgery is performed by experienced professionals.
  • Since the procedure is performed in steps it takes a long time of up to 6 months.
  • If proper dental care is not taken, infection can happen.
  • Healing is delayed due to certain conditions, such as diabetes.
  • Dental implants are an expensive procedure.

The Bottom Line

Dental Implants are often the best treatment for tooth loss. Highly qualified and experienced dentists can help with making the decision regarding whether you should get dental implants or not.

Dentistry can bring on night sweats, rapid heart beat, hyperventilation and all of the symptoms of a huge anxiety rush.  This type of feeling is usually felt before a dental appointment for those who have had bad experiences.

These bad events can stay with people for decades.  The level of fear can last for many years because the fear is ingrained into that person’s memory.  Because we deal with very close spaces and are directly in one of the most sensitive and personal areas on the human body trust must be one of the most importent issues that the dental patient must have.

Modern dentistry has equipped ourselves to deal with these issues to make visits much more comfortable.  For example, we use sedation to put people in a state where they have no memory of their procedure and are very relaxed when they get to the office and during the procedures.  It also allows for them to get many services done at one visit so they don’t have to continually return to our office.  Another option is to plug in a DVD into our virtual reality glasses and watch a movie.

It is critical to have dental procedures pain free.  Anesthetics properly administered do a great job in controlling pain and therefore anxiety, and as a result trust starts to become developed.

Because fear comes from a loss of control it is very important that you are in complete control of the procedure and have a way of stopping if you need a break or are in pain and in need of additional anesthesia.

Anxiety stems from fear of the unknown and when you are not sure the anxiety increases.  It is also very helpful if all of your questions are answered when you need additional information.

Because relationships are so important and can’t be stressed enough we have personal interviews with the patient so that their needs are met and so that there are no misunderstandings.

Please don’t let your bad experiences affect your present condition. Modern dentistry emphasizes prevention over all other things so do yourself a favor and don’t delay this any longer.   Your needs will be met and you will be comfortable having treatment as this is my promise. You will be amazed at how easy and user friendly dental care can be.

It is easier said than done, but don’t be embarrassed if you haven’t been to a dentist in years and are afraid of past judgments from the dentist.   A modern dentist will help you look forward to your future care and would never lecture you.

About The Author

Dr. Robert Antolak, DDS graduated from the University of Michigan in 1987 with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He is dedicated to providing the highest quality and appropriate cosmetic, sedation and general dentistry in the most comfortable and gentle way possible. Because being a dentist has been a lifelong dream, Dr. Antolak has a passion for the profession. He enjoys helping people feel better about their smiles and therefore their self-image with dental implant and cosmetic dentistry. His Dental Practice is located in Shelby Township, Michigan.  For more information visit The Gentle Dentist.

This patient has been suffering from headaches and has sought treatment from five dentists in the course of two years.  She was told that it was just because she grinds her teeth and they couldn’t do anything for her. Tension  Headaches and migraines are very common when the bite is altered many times with dental procedures and crowns that aren’t adjusted properly.  Missing teeth, crowns, bridges, and even fillings that aren’t properly adjusted after they have been placed will stress the muscles, teeth and TMJ.

The body attempts to alter the shape and size of these restorations but in an attempt to do so the muscles become stressed and this affects the jaw joint and teeth.

Things to look for are:

  • Sensitive teeth especially when waking up.
  • loose teeth
  • headaches which originate from the temporal area on the side of the head.
  • neck pain
  • Migraine pain
  • Clicking in the jaw which leads to jaw pain.

If these listed symptoms describe you and if it may have started after braces, after a filling, crown or bridge has been placed then give us a call at (586)247-3500.  More than likely we can help you.  You can also email us at Info@TheGentleDentist.com.

At the Gentle Dentist located in Shelby Township Michigan we offer a wide variety of payment plans. Dr. Antolak will work with you on your time table and within your budget. Because he spends time discussing your individual needs he can also stretch your treatment to maximize your insurance benefits or if you are uninsured we have The Gentle Dental Plan.
Payment plans at our office include:
Cash-With this payment we will give you a 5% courtesy adjustment for prepayment on treatment.
Credit cards- We accept American express, Discover, Visa and Master Card.
For extended payments we can create an automatic payment that gets drawn out of your credit card on a monthly basis.
Care Credit– This gives you the option to pay interest free for up to one year. Many of our patients choose this option if the plan is a larger plan.

If you don’t have dental insurance our Gentle Dental plan includes:

2 exams, 2 cleanings, complete set of digital xrays, series of digital photographs, and 12% off of any dental procedures.  All of this for $247 per year which is less than 50% of the cost for an initial visit.

If you have questions about any of our payment plans please call our Shelby Township Michigan office at (586)247-3500 or email us at info@TheGentleDentist.com

Question: I have a tremendous amount of fear when it comes to going to the dentist.    It has gotten to the point where I have to go and don’t know what to do.  Help!!!!

Answer:  You and many other patients come in to see us with this exact problem.  Past visits at the dentist have in some circumstances “paralyzed”  patients with hear and then put off appointments for years.  These bad and usually very traumatic experiences can stay with people for decades.  In fact I saw a patient the other day who was in his 80s and he could remember every detail of a visit when he was a child that kept him from visiting the dentist for over 60 years.

Modern dentistry has responded to these issues to make visits much more comfortable.  For example, we use sedation to put people in a state where they have no memory of their procedure and are very relaxed when they get to the office.  It also allows for them to get many procedures done at one visit so they don’t have to continually return to our office.  Another option is to watch a movie on our virtual reality glasses.  Dental procedures fly by while you watch your favorite movie.

It is critical to have dental procedures pain free.  Anesthetics properly administered do a wonderful job in controlling pain and therefore anxiety, which means injecting slowly with compassion using topical anesthetic before the injection eliminates the prick from an injection.

Because fear comes from a loss of control it is very important that you are in complete control of the procedure and have a way of stopping if you need a break or are in pain and in need of additional anesthesia.

Anxiety arises from fear of the unknown and when you are expecting pain the anxiety even heightens even more.  It is also very helpful if all of your questions are answered when you need additional information.

At TheGentleDentist.com we take the time to know our patients to the point where they feel comfortable because it is like seeing an old friend.  These relationships are important and can’t be stressed enough.

Please don’t let your bad experiences affect your present condition. Modern dentistry emphasizes prevention over all other things so do yourself a favor and don’t delay this any longer.   You will be amazed at how easy and user friendly dental care can be.  Also don’t be embarrassed if you haven’t been to a dentist in years and are afraid of past judgments from the dentist.   A modern dentist will help you look forward to your future care and would never lecture you.

With the loss of countless jobs in Michigan and the attempt to cut costs dental insurance has been cut out for many Shelby, Sterling Heights, Washington Township and Clinton Twp. Michigan residents.  Preventive dentistry is by far the best way to eliminate painful experiences with tooth pain and wallet pain.  Prevention will help keep the costs down because the early treatment of dental problems such as gum disease, cavities and missing fillings will save you money.  It can be expensive to treat more complex problems so it is our desire to help by offering our discounted prepaid dental plan that we call “The Gentle Dental Plan” 

Here are the details:

  • $247 for those 16 and older  and $187 for children under 16 will get you:
  • 2 dental cleanings
  • 2 examinations including  your initial exam
  • complete digital xrays and follow up xrays.
  • Series of digital photos of your mouth that you can see on our 19″ computer monitor.
  • 12% off of our fee for any additional dental procedures.

The value on this is around $465 so this is a great value and because it has been prepaid there is a focus and attention to preventive dentistry.  Your dental cleaning, exam, xrays and photos are done in a private “non-clinic” setting where you will feel very comfortable getting your care done.  This is not only a great value, but can prevent other systemic diseases such a heart disease and diabetes by focusing on the preventive nature of your oral health.  Call today at (586)247-3500 or go to our web site at www.TheGentleDentist.com


At TheGentleDentist.com in Shelby Twp. Michigan we are very focused on our patient’s comfort that we provide both nitrous oxide and oral sedation.  Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” is an inhallation treatment that requires the patient to breathe into a mask that has a mixture of Nitrous oxide and Oxygen.  This give a euphoria feeling that makes  the procedure giving the name relaxing dentistry a reality  Dental procedures especially root canals have a bad reputation for being painful and taking a long time.  Dr. Antolak will not allow them to hurt and has a number of techniques to numb patients up so there is no pain involved during the procedure.  Best of all with the nitrous oxide use the procedure goes very fast and allows the patient to relax.  This video shows our patient who never had the gas to relax using head phones to just tune out and allow the 80 minute appointment to feel like a 10 minute appointment. For a consultation phone us at 586.247.3500.

At www.TheGentleDentist.com  we provide all phases of dentistry including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and general dentistry for the entire family.  What is necessary with all our treatments is to get the potential patient into the chair.  This may seem obvious, but I can tell you of many who have avoided the dentist because of their intense fear of the dentist.  This fear is typically generated as a young child who had no say so on their care.  The dentist usually hurt them and they just had to endure the pain no matter how intense it was.  Being a child or even as an adult these patients were at the mercy of someone they feared.   After this horrible experience they make an agreement with themselves that they will NEVER, NEVER put themselves in this postion again.   After many years of internally battling with themselves to go to the dentist a situation will present such as a bad toothache or a broken front tooth  and they have no choice but to see the dentist.  And that is when we or other modern caring dentists come into play:

At our office we truly understand these fears and work at a pace appropriate to our patient to create a positive experience.Oral conscious sedation is a great way to have hours of dentistry done in one visit.   With the use of a small sleeping pill taken 1 hour before your dental appointment you will have virtually no memory of the procedure.  If you are:

  • Nervous from similar a bad experiences as described above and said “I will never go back to the dentist again”
  • Have a difficult time with gagging
  • Need a lot of dental procedures done but don’t have the time to return over and over again to get it done.
  • Need multiple procedures such as crown, extractions, root canals and implant placement done and you don’t want to go to multiple dental offices. 
  • The truth is that you don’t have to wait any more.

Dr. Antolak has been providing cosmetic, implant, sedation and general dentistry for the last 22 years so give us a call now for your free consultation at (586)247-3500 or visit our website at www.TheGentleDentist.com.  Our office is in Shelby Twp. MI.

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