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Dental Implant FAQ’s

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Dental Implant FAQ’s

If you have ever felt self-conscious about missing teeth, you owe it to yourself to schedule an appointment with our dental implant dentist at Macatawa Smiles. Not only do dental implants give you the function and appearance of natural teeth, but they can also improve your confidence.

Continue reading to learn more about the dental implant process and whether you’d be a likely candidate for the procedure.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium-alloy screw inserted into your jawbone that functions much like a natural tooth root. Once the implant successfully fuses with your jawbone tissue, it will be able to support an abutment and implant crown.

The tooth implant (combined with the abutment and crown) gives you the look and function of a natural tooth. If you have recently lost a tooth, you may want to consider a dental implant to prevent further tooth loss.

What happens during the dental implant process?

It’s important to understand that the dental implant procedure takes several months. During your first appointment, your dentist will insert the implant into your jawbone. Over the next several months, your jawbone will heal and fuse to the dental implant in a process called osseointegration. Once this happens, your dentist will be able to screw an abutment into the implant that will later support the dental implant crown.

Who can get dental implants?

You must have healthy jawbone tissue to be a candidate for dental implants. If the jawbone tissue is too soft or thin, the dental implants won’t be stable enough for the procedure to work. In this scenario, your dentist may recommend you get a bone graft for dental implants. Since the dental implant process involves surgery, you’ll also need a healthy immune system.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Missing teeth affect how you eat as well as your ability to talk and smile with confidence. Fortunately, many of our patients report having better confidence after getting dental implants. Not only do implants allow you to eat an unrestricted diet, but you also don’t have to worry about slipping dentures. Dental implants are secured into your jawbone so they look and feel natural.

What affects the cost of dental implants?

The cost of dental implants is affected by whether you need a bone graft and how many teeth you wish to replace. For example, a single tooth implant typically costs less than if you decided to have multiple teeth replaced. If you need a bone graft to support an implant, this will also affect the cost and add to your treatment time.

How do I take care of dental implants?

Dental plaque and tartar can build up on dental implants if you don’t maintain a good oral hygiene routine. To maintain a healthy smile, you’ll need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once daily. In other words, care for your dental implants like you would natural teeth. We also recommend you see your dentist every six months for a dental cleaning.

Call Macatawa Smiles Today!

Dr. Brenton Habecker and his team at Macatawa Smiles are dedicated to helping you maintain good oral health. To request an appointment with our dentist in Holland, MI, call (616) 396-7524.

This blog post has been updated.


Dear Patient Family,

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us. Many of you have been forced to wait for dental care and we appreciate your understanding while we kept our office closed to follow orders from the Governor's Office.

We are happy to say that we are opening our office for all patient treatment on June 1st, 2020. Our hours of operation will go back to normal, Monday-Thursday 8am - 5pm. We want you to know that there will be some changes at your next appointment. Please be patient with us as our protocols will inevitably change as new guidelines are released.

  • We ask that you use our parking lot as the waiting room.
  • Please wear a mask when you come into the office and leave it on until entering the treatment room. Homemade is acceptable.
  • Only the person receiving treatment should come in the building, all others will be asked to wait in the car if at all possible. The exception will be for our minor patients who may have one parent accompany them.
  • We will be asking you some questions when you arrive at the office and we will also be taking your temperature.
  • We will not be able to offer magazines, drinks, or toys at this time as they cannot be disinfected to our standards. Eventually this will change and we will be happy to offer our amenities once again.

These changes have been made to adhere to the latest CDC guidelines and for the benefit of our patients and our staff. We want you to know that our office has always taken the safety of our patients very seriously and that we will continue to follow the highest levels of sterilization and disinfection to keep you protected. If you would like more information on what measures we have taken we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

We cannot say how excited we are to see all of our patients again and to provide for their dental needs. We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces soon!

Dr. Habecker and Team