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Dr. Greg Okoniewski | Dental Implants in Dryden

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Phone:     810-796-2226
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Dental Implants
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Dental Implants:

Facts to consider when dental implants become a need for the patient. 

  • You are at a high risk for losing all your teeth.
  • An unhealthy diet can contribute to tooth loss.
  • Almost 4% of adults 20-64 have lost their teeth.
  • About 25% of adults over 65 have lost all their teeth.
  • Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the US.
  • Approximately 178 millions people in the US have lost at least one tooth.


A permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.

The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a screw is placed into the jaw bone. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed the gums are sutured.

The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.

After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. One this is placed an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. Some offices have an onsite lab to create the crown, but others will have to send it to an outside lab. Once the restoration is completed you can return to the office to attach the restoration permanently. Your smile will look just like it used to, and after a short period of getting used to the implant it will feel just like one of your own teeth.


  • Dental Implants Mean a Higher Quality of Life - Many patients with dental implants enjoy a better quality of life because they feel more confident about their smile. Feel good about yourself by investing in your smile!
  • Replace Missing Teeth Permanently - Since dental implants are an artificial tooth, they are resistant to tooth decay. As you continue to practice great oral health habits, your dental implants can last you a lifetime.
  • Dental Implants Have a High Success Rate - Due to the high rate of success, dental implants can be an attractive option for replacing missing teeth permanently. Dental implants are fused into the jaw bone so they are so they are very secure and stable.
  • Replace One or Several Missing Teeth - Dental implants can be used in a variety of ways to replace teeth, such as a single tooth or implant-supported dentures, to restore the look and function of your smile

Dryden Dentist | Dental Implants. Greg Okoniewski is a Dryden Dentist.