Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Older couple from Madison Heights, MI restored their smiles with tooth implant dentistry in Royal Oak.Used to replace one tooth, or several, and to secure crowns and bridgework or dentures, dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed in your jaw. The most common type of implant is the endosteal, or “in the bone”, which refers to screws, cylinders, or blades that are surgically implanted into the bone.

The second type of implant is the subperiosteal, or “on the bone.” In this instance, if you’re unable to use conventional dentures due to bone loss, the prosthesis is placed on top of your jaw, held in place by posts that protrude through your gums to hold the framework in place.

Dental implants are typically made of titanium alloy, a corrosive-resistant material that is highly compatible with the body. This ensures that the surrounding tissue is not irritated when the implant is embedded in the jawbone.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Close up photo of dental implants, available at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak.

  • Improved speech – If your existing dentures are loose, they can hinder your speaking. You sometimes sound like you’re mumbling, or even slurring your words. When your dentures fit, this speech issue is resolved.
  • Improved eating­ – Dentures that don’t fit correctly can make chewing difficult and, lead to much discomfort. With dental implants, you can eat what you want, when you want, without the difficulty and discomfort you may otherwise experience.
  • Durable­ – With care, implants can last a lifetime. They are naturally durable and, at minimum, should last you many years.
  • Youthful Appearance – Many patients with missing teeth begin to develop a hollowed out, sunken look in their face due to jaw bone loss. Dental implants stimulate jaw bone growth, preserving your facial structure.
  • High Success Rate – With decades of research behind them, dental implants are a safe tooth replacement option. Success rates of tooth implants vary depending on the location they are placed in the jaw, but studies have shown a success rate of 95%1 and even as high as 98%2.

What Tooth Implant Options Are Available?

There is an implant dentistry solution for patients missing any amount of teeth.

Single Tooth Implant – A single tooth implant and a crown is all that is needed to replace a missing tooth.

Several Teeth – When several teeth are missing, implant-supported bridges are a simple solution.

All Your Teeth – If you are missing all your upper and or lower teeth, implant-supported dentures may be your best solution. This method:

  • Reduces or eliminates bone atrophy
  • Reduces healing time
  • Eliminates common issues with dentures such as slippage and discomfort

How Does the Implant Dentistry Process Work?

First you will have a consultation with us. Here we determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, followed by where and how they should be placed. From there, we will create a treatment plan that is tailored around your specific condition and the implant(s) that will be done.

Why Should I Have My Implant Placed By Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry?

  • We Place and Restore – Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is your one stop shop for implant dentistry. Not only do we surgically implant the titanium post itself, we can also place a crown, bridge, denture or other prosthetic on top of the implant, as well as restore any existing work. There is no need to transfer records to another office or find a new specialist because all that work can be done right here at our Royal Oak dentist office!
  • “The Team You Trust” ­- At Gustafson Morningstar, we take the time to build a professional relationship based on trust, exceptional care, and compassion. When you get your implants placed by your Royal Oak dentist at Gustafson, you can feel assured that you’re being treated by a dentist that genuinely cares about you, and has the professional experience, talent, and skill to place your implant properly.

How Much Will Dental Implants Cost?

The price of a dental implant will differ based on your dentist, your personal needs, and your insurance plan. You will love our competitive pricing for outstanding services. The price for your dental implants will include the placement of the implants, the connectors, and the restoration crowns that will serve as replacement teeth. After an assessment with our dentist, you will have a good idea of the price for your dental implants. We can also talk with you about financing options when you visit.

Schedule Your Implant Dentistry Appointment in Royal Oak Now!

Drs. Gustafson and Morningstar look forward to putting their combined experience to work on all of your dental implant needs. If you’re considering implant dentistry, call, text, or contact us using the form on this page to set up your appointment today if you are in Royal Oak, Ferndale, or Madison Heights, MI!

Related Pages


1 Nishime, Michael L. 2020, What is the Success Rate of Dental Implants?, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, accessed 24 June 2020, <https://connect.aaid-implant.org/blog/success-rate-dental-implants>.
2 WebMD 2019, Dental Implants, accessed 24 June 2020, <https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-implants>.