How a Periodontist Helps You Qualify for Dental Implants

Dental Implant Model

If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants are often the preferred method for replacing them. Dental implants are a permanent solution, able to restore function for eating with natural and attractive replacement teeth. The ideal candidate for implants is an individual in good physical health with minimal bone loss and no past oral infection or underlying disease. But what if your situation is less than ideal, and you have been told that you don’t qualify for dental implants?

Choose a specialist like our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, for your treatment. Her advanced training as a specialist uniquely qualifies her to treat patients who present more complex cases. You can experience a new life with dental implants, and it starts with a consultation at Anderson Periodontal Wellness!


What Does it Mean to Be a Specialist?

A specialist is a dentist who has completed additional years of focused education in a certain field of dentistry. After receiving her D.D.S. degree from the University of Michigan, Dr. Anderson spent three additional years of clinical training in Periodontics to specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral conditions, advanced bone grafting techniques, and dental implants. Her expertise as a periodontist qualifies her to treat patients with advanced periodontal disease, extensive bone loss, and failing dentitions.


When Is a Specialist Needed for Dental Implants?

While many general dentists now place dental implants, only certain specialists like Dr. Anderson have achieved a level of training and experience that truly qualifies her to complete your treatment. This is especially important if you have had oral infections in the past, currently have gum disease, or have lost gum tissue and bone because of infection or missing teeth.

It is common for patients in your situation to need additional preparatory treatments, such as bone grafting and periodontal therapy before they can qualify for dental implants. Just like a patient with heart disease routinely visits a cardiologist so should you visit a dental specialist if you have more complex oral health concerns. As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Anderson is the go-to expert for all these treatments and the ideal choice for your care.


How Dr. Anderson Qualifies You for Implants

Any physical or oral health problems you’re experiencing increase the risk of implant failure, especially if you don’t receive treatment from a qualified specialist like Dr. Anderson. With her extensive training, she has what it takes to address underlying conditions, treat problems when necessary, and create a healthy oral environment needed for long-term dental implant success. Using digital technologies and minimally invasive techniques, she can then expertly replace your missing teeth. For such a lifelong investment as dental implants, choose the expert for your care!


Interested in a Second Opinion?

If you’ve been told in the past that your condition disqualifies you from getting dental implants, don’t wait to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anderson! It may be possible you can become a candidate with specialized care at Anderson Periodontal Wellness in our office in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Reserve your appointment now by scheduling online or calling (248) 480-4910.

Steps to Properly Care for Your Dental Implants

Dental Patient Brushing Their Full Arch Dental Implant

If you’re ready to invest in dental implants, it’s important to know how to properly care for them once your treatment is concluded. Dental implants don’t need special maintenance outside of your normal hygiene routine, but there are additional steps dentists recommend you can take in your everyday life. Knowing exactly how to care for your dental implants and your smile can help ensure the longevity of your investment.


Brush and Floss Daily

Brushing and flossing your teeth every day is how you remove the bacterial plaque from your teeth. If oral hygiene is neglected, plaque hardens into tartar and releases dangerous toxins that lead to gum disease. Especially when you have dental implants, not maintaining good oral hygiene can lead to peri-implantitis, a condition like gum disease where bacteria infect the gum tissues and bone surrounding a dental implant. Brush twice daily with a soft-bristle toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste and floss once a day to help ensure you don’t experience dental implant failure!

Eat a Nutritious Diet

Consuming a well-balanced diet helps provide your body and mouth with the nutrients to remain healthy, in addition to helping boost your immune system. A healthy diet includes foods rich in vitamins and minerals, proteins, fiber, and calcium, with limited sugars, carbs, and starches. Within your diet, it’s recommended that you also avoid hard and sticky foods so as not to harm your dental implants. Though rare, there is always a risk your dental implant can become damaged when biting and chewing these types of foods.

Minimize or Quit Smoking

Numerous scientific studies provide evidence for a link between smoking and an increased risk for periodontal disease. Nicotine in cigarettes reduces blood flow to the soft tissues and weakens the immune system. This makes it more difficult for the body to heal after surgery and for the bone and implant to integrate. Cigarette smoke can also burn tissues inside the mouth and block salivary glands, increasing the risk for dry mouth and the development of gum disease.

Visit a Periodontist Regularly

Routine visits to the dentist or periodontist are an easy way to ensure your dental implants and smile are in good health. Dr. Lauren Anderson, a board-certified periodontist, recommends preventive appointments after dental implant treatment. As an expert in dental implants, she has the expertise to catch problems or symptoms early and provide personalized treatment to restore your periodontal health. She holds active memberships in numerous organizations, including the American Academy of Periodontology (Diplomate) and the American Dental Association, to ensure her care is personalized, efficient, and cutting-edge.


Schedule Your Consultation

If you’re interested in dental implants or are concerned you may have peri-implantitis, contact Dr. Lauren Anderson at Anderson Periodontal Wellness today by scheduling your consultation today in our office in Bloomfield Hills, MI(248) 480-4910

How Dental Implants Improve Denture Stability

Full Arch Dental Implant Patient Checking Her Teeth Post Procedure

One of the common causes of concern for individuals who wear dentures is how unstable their smile becomes over time. An inconvenience at best and debilitating at worst, loose dentures that slip during eating and speaking can make daily life unbearable. Thankfully, our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, offers a solution with dental implants.


Why Dentures Become Loose

While dentures are a time-tested replacement for no teeth, they do not address the jawbone loss that occurs when natural teeth are lost. This change in the jaw ridge’s size is what leads to loose, ill-fitting dentures. Patients in this situation may find it increasingly difficult to function in everyday life and often live in a constant state of worry that their dentures will slip or fall out when they least expect.

How Dental Implants Help

Dental implants are titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone to function as imitation tooth roots. They are currently the healthiest and only permanent way to replace missing teeth and stabilize dentures. Biocompatible dental implants integrate with the natural jawbone, resulting in a sturdy and strong foundation for a denture to be attached. Using either two or four dental implants strategically placed around the jaw, dentures can be attached using a ball-retained or bar-retained system.

Benefiting from Denture Stabilization

Implant supported dentures that remain secure in a patient’s mouth provide greater function for biting and chewing foods as well as help improve speech. Fixed to dental implants, dentures no longer need reliance on pastes or adhesives to stay in place. This solution improves oral health as well, by reducing irritation and mouth sores caused by loose dentures and providing healthy jawbone stimulation. A more secure smile improves a patient’s overall health and confidence as well.


Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Anderson is an expert in dental implants and uses minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. As a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, she remains current on advancements in implant dentistry to provide comfortable surgical care for her patients. If you’re struggling with loose, ill-fitting dentures and are interested in dental implants, schedule your consultation today in our office in Bloomfield Hills, MI(248) 480-4910

The Importance of Bone Grafting in Dental Implant Treatment

Jaw Bone Loss Graphic

Dental implants are considered the most ideal tooth replacement option to restore optimal aesthetics, function, and health to the smile. The only permanent solution, dental implants are designed to mimic natural teeth and rely on the jawbone for long-term stability and support. If this bone has resorbed from tooth loss or other factors, our periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, will often recommend bone grafting before dental implants can be placed. Bone grafting before dental implants is important for many reasons, including:


Long-Term Function

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that restores missing bone in the jaw. The new bone material acts as scaffolding in areas of bone loss. During the healing phase, the new material and existing bone will fuse and create a healthy, solid foundation of new bone. Bone grafting makes dental implants possible, while also helping to guarantee the longevity of your new smile. Dental implants surgically placed into this new dense bone will remain strong and stable, providing the necessary support for new teeth that return over 99 percent of natural biting and chewing function.

Natural Aesthetics

Bone grafting in the aesthetic zone, or the area that is visible when you smile, can preserve the long-term aesthetics of the gum tissue and dental implant as well. In a procedure known as ridge augmentation, bone grafts restore the natural contours of the ridge while also building up the gum line. For patients with extensive bone loss, bone grafting helps restore the facial structure as well as provide a base for new teeth. Overall, when a dental implant is placed and restored at the site, long-term aesthetics of the smile can be preserved more predictably.

Improved Health

Bone and tooth loss are often attributed to gum disease, an infection caused by bacteria that damages the gums, bone, and teeth. Restoring bone levels through bone grafting may also be part of gum disease treatment, which improves oral health and helps reduce the risk of future problems. With strong bone and stable teeth, it’s easier to improve both oral health and overall health with the ability to eat a variety of foods. Straight, aligned teeth can also reduce discomfort associated with muscular and joint dysfunction caused by tooth and bone loss.


Choose a Bone Grafting Specialist

Dr. Anderson is a board-certified periodontist specializing in soft tissue and bone treatments and dental implants. She is a certified S.M.A.R.T. provider to offer minimally invasive bone grafting, with predictable and lasting results, especially in the aesthetic zone. Her training and years of experience qualify her to offer advanced bone grafting treatment, including socket preservation, sinus lift, and ridge augmentation. Additionally, she uses advanced healing techniques to accelerate the healing process and stimulate new bone growth. Using advanced technology and minimally invasive techniques, Dr. Anderson can help you restore your smile with specialized bone grafting and permanent dental implants.

Schedule Your Consultation

Dr. Anderson welcomes patients with tooth and bone loss for a bone grafting consultation at her practice, Anderson Periodontal Wellness. Schedule your consultation today in our office in Bloomfield Hills, MI, (248) 480-4910

Understanding Your Dental Implant Cost

Dental Implant Patient Eating Happily After Dental Implant Procedure

If you are missing one or more teeth, you have many options for replacing them. You’ve heard of the benefits of dental implants but are concerned about how much more they cost than other solutions like partials or dentures. Is there a reason for the higher price tag? And are the benefits of dental implants worth the upfront fees? Understanding exactly what goes into dental implant cost is one way you can make a more informed decision on which tooth replacement solution is right for you.


Dental Implants Are an Investment

If you’re concerned about the upfront cost, it is best to consider dental implants as a long-term investment in your smile rather than an expense. Your alternatives to dental implants, bridges and dentures, generally only have a life expectancy of 10-15 years, at which point they will need to be repaired or replaced. Over time, this ongoing maintenance will be costlier than choosing dental implants, which are designed to last decades. They will permanently restore your long-term health, function, and smile aesthetics.

Cost Varies on Your Situation

How many teeth you are missing will affect the overall cost of your treatment. However, any number of dental implants can be placed during one surgical appointment. So the cost of one dental implant will not double or triple with additional teeth you may be missing. The cost will vary if you need additional procedures such as bone grafting or tooth extractions. You’ll also be receiving the highest quality materials, which does increase cost, but further ensures your dental implants last the rest of your life!

Surgical Experience Matters

You may find cheaply priced dental implants during your research but be wary of these “too good to be true” deals. Most likely, the implant dentist is inexperienced or uses cheap materials, which could lead to dental implant failure! Our doctor, Dr. Lauren Anderson, is a board-certified periodontist, which means she has achieved a level of specialized training and experience to be considered an expert in dental implants. As a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, she remains at the forefront of new advancements in implant dentistry, including technology, techniques, and materials. Choosing Dr. Anderson for your care will mean your dental implant treatment cost will be higher than that of a local dentist. But it will also give you peace of mind knowing that your treatment will be highly personalized, with predictable and long-lasting results.


Want to Learn More?

Dr. Anderson can discuss the benefits of dental implants and what they can do for you in a personalized consultation at Anderson Periodontal Wellness. Reserve your appointment now by scheduling online or calling (248) 480-4910.

Top Questions Patients Ask About Dental Implants

2 Dental Patients After Dental Patient Procedures

While most patients are familiar with dentures, there are still lots of questions surrounding dental implants despite them having been used for decades. Dental implants are an excellent solution for replacing missing teeth as they restore oral health, function, and aesthetics. Despite all their advantages, there are many questions patients have, and rightfully so. Dental implants require an advanced level of surgery, which is much more complex than other tooth replacement options. So, understanding the treatment and finding the right doctor is paramount. We’ve come up with a few of the most common questions patients ask about dental implants:


1.) What Exactly is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are lifelike tooth replacement solutions that restore aesthetics, functionality, and overall health to the patient and their mouth. There are a wide range of implant options, which allows them to replace single, multiple, and even full arches of missing teeth. With proper care and routine dental appointments, many patients can see their implants lasting them for a lifetime.

2.) How Much do Implants Cost?

Initially, dental implants may seem more expensive than other tooth replacement options, like dentures or bridges. However, over the course of a lifetime, and considering their health benefits and stability, dental implants often end up being a cheaper option. The cost of dental implants is hard to determine without an in-person examination as many factors contribute. Each patient is unique and depending on their needs, wants, and goals, the cost of implants will be affected.

3.) Does Implant Surgery Hurt?

Dental implants do require an advanced surgery be performed to ensure they are firmly implanted into the jaw bone. However, doctors will offer sedation options to make this treatment easier. With sedation, discomfort can be blocked during surgery and patients are able to feel less anxious about their treatment overall. Many patients report feeling just a slight pressure at the site of implant surgery.

4.) How Long do Implants Last?

One of the greatest parts about dental implants is the fact that they can last a lifetime! Thanks to their integration with the jaw bone, implants are firmly held in place, just like a natural tooth. It is important to continually perform normal at-home hygiene habits to ensure that disease or infection does not develop. Implants themselves are resistant to bacteria, staining, and cavities, but other oral health structures are not!


Have More Questions?

Knowing what to expect can help you make more informed decisions about your oral health. If you want to learn more about dental implants and the treatment process, contact Dr. Anderson in our Office in Bloomfield Hills, MI at (248) 480-4910 today for a consultation.

Tips for Recovering After Dental Implants Surgery

Patient Undergoing Dental Procedure

Are you considering dental implants or periodontal surgery? You are potentially choosing a permanent investment in your smile’s health, function, and natural beauty! Reviewing the dental implant treatment process, specifically your recovery after surgery, is always a good idea to help you prepare and know what to expect.

Our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, provides the highest standard of surgical care at Anderson Periodontal Wellness, her practice in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Using specialized techniques and advanced technology, she offers minimally invasive dental implant treatment that helps encourage healthier healing and amazing long-term results. Dr. Anderson will provide all necessary post-operative instructions and medication after your surgery. To prepare for your recovery, follow these five tips:


Take Prescribed Medication

Dr. Anderson may prescribe pain medication or antibiotics to take during the first few days after your surgery. These are designed to minimize inflammation and help fight off infection during your recovery. Take all these medications as directed to minimize these potential health risks.

Use Ice Packs

Some bruising and swelling are normal for the first couple of days after your procedure. Directly after you return home, apply an ice pack in 20-minute intervals (resting for 10 minutes in between) for the first 2-3 hours.

Minimize Activity

Especially for the first day or two after your surgery, be sure to let your body rest to jumpstart a healthier recovery. You’ll be able to return to normal daily activities after 24 hours but avoid strenuous exercise for at least 3 days after your procedure.

Watch What You Eat and Drink

Directly after your procedure, you’ll want to eat a small amount of soft food so you can take your medication. Dr. Anderson will determine how long you need to maintain a soft-food diet based on your case. Be sure to avoid hot foods and drinks, and keep your diet as nutritious as possible.

Refrain from Smoking

Studies show that smoking interferes with healing after surgery, so avoid smoking for as long as possible if you cannot completely quit. The first few days after surgery are critical to a healthy recovery, but it is recommended to stop smoking for the next 3 weeks, if not completely.


Schedule Your Consultation

Knowing what to expect can help you make more informed decisions about your oral health. If you want to learn more about dental implants and the treatment process, contact Dr. Anderson in our Office in Bloomfield Hills, MI at (248) 480-4910 today for a consultation.

How Long Can I Expect My Dental Implants to Last?

Dental Implants In Your Bone, Model

If you have missing teeth and are considering dental implants as a tooth replacement option, you’re most likely wondering how long they last. Dental implants have proven to be the best long-term option for missing teeth and a much better alternative to dentures or natural tooth bridges. While there is no guarantee that dental implants last forever, they have consistently maintained a high success rate, with on-going studies showing between 95-98% reliability in a surgical specialists hands. Just as important as expertise of the doctor completing surgery, routine maintenance and lifestyle after treatment are critical factors to long-term success.

Dr. Anderson is a board-certified periodontist with years of specialized training earning her masters in the field and experience in dental implant surgery. Considered an expert in both periodontics and dental implants, she’s the most qualified to provide treatments such as gum disease therapy and bone grafting to restore proper oral health and prepare your mouth for surgery. Using today’s modern and minimally invasive surgical technology, she can better provide successful treatment.


Factors that Influence Dental Implant Success

An important factor in the longevity of dental implants is the quality and volume of bone to provide adequate support for new teeth. Dr. Anderson uses high-quality 3D CBCT imaging technology to accurately evaluate these structures and determine if bone grafting is needed before implant placement. Providing the healthiest and strongest foundation for dental implants better postures their long-term success.

Another influencing factor is gum disease, an infection of the gum tissues that leads to bone loss and exfoliation of the dentition.  As a periodontist, Dr. Anderson is an expert in gum disease and will be able to restore health to your gums and bone before placing dental implants if indicated. Her goal is to set your mouth up for long-term success after dental implant surgery.  By utilizing state-of-the-art technology like 3D guided surgical procedures, Dr. Anderson reaches the highest level of precision and accuracy.

Late failure of dental implants can generally be attributed to the maintenance and lifestyle habits of the patient. Poor oral hygiene and smoking can significantly contribute to risk of implant loss. Home care and routine professional maintenance are critical to ensuring the gums and bone around the dental implant(s) remain as healthy and strong as possible.


Schedule Your Consultation

Interested in talking to Dr. Anderson about dental implants? Contact Anderson Periodontal Wellness at (248) 480-4910 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anderson for dental implants in our Office in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Why Choose a Periodontist for Dental Implants?

How A Dental Implant Looks In Your Mouth

If you want a permanent tooth replacement that can bring back dental function and smile esthetics, dental implants are the right choice. Known for their longevity and natural appearance, dental implants can replace one, several, or all missing teeth, giving you a healthy smile for the rest of your life!


To ensure that your treatment is successful and provides you with these benefits, look for the expertise of a specialist. Meta-analyses and systemic reviews in the field establish the highest success rates when placed by periodontists and oral surgeons. Dr. Lauren Anderson is a board-certified periodontist and diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology with advanced training specifically in dental implants. While some general dentist place dental implants, choosing a periodontist like Dr. Anderson for your treatment has advantages, including:

Experts in gum disease treatment

Gum disease affects the health of the gums and jawbone, and as a common condition among patients, may disqualify them from getting dental implants. Periodontists are the experts when it comes to diagnosing and treating periodontal disease and other problems with the gum tissue and bone. These specialists can successfully treat gum disease and ensure their patients have healthy gums before placing dental implants.

Advanced training in dental implants

Dental implants are a surgical procedure, so having treatment completed by a specialist greatly reduces the risk of complications and implant failure. Periodontists like Dr. Anderson are also considered experts in dental implant surgery as earned in her masters training. They are also trained in more advanced techniques for patients who have more complex cases, such as severe bone loss or advanced periodontal disease.

The advantages of visiting Dr. Anderson

A board-certified periodontist, Dr. Anderson has years of advanced training in dental implants. She has also been placing dental implants for years, using minimally invasive techniques and guided implant surgery. Dr. Anderson also offers custom sedation and is certified to administer IV sedation. At her modern, comfortable practice you will enjoy a relaxing and predictable treatment.


Schedule an appointment

Contact Anderson Periodontal Wellness at (248) 480-4910 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anderson for dental implants in our Office in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Immediate Implant Placement with Immediate Temporization: “Tooth in a Day”

Meet our patient DN who presented with an abscessed (infected) #8 (upper right central incisor). It was very important for DN that she left the surgical implant placement surgery “looking the same as when [she] walked in”. Not all patients are candidates for extraction, implant placement and temporary tooth fixation in one appointment, however DN was a great candidate. Dr. Anderson extracted the tooth, addressed the infection so that implant placement was feasible and fabricated a chair-side temporary that mimicked her original tooth DN was accustomed to.

For this sequence to be viable, DN was very careful as to not “load” or use the tooth during the 3 month healing period. DN was pleased that her friends and family could not notice she had periodontal surgery and that the tooth looked “just like the old one”. DN will wear this initial temporary for 3 months prior to receiving the final implant crown with her general dentist.

the implant placement procedure

Reference above for initial, extraction, implant and temporary placement photos. These photos are taken at one appointment, showing the discussed steps. Note the shape of the temporary directly dictates the response and support of the gum.

Please contact Anderson Periodontal Wellness at (248) 480-4910 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anderson in Bloomfield Hills, MI.  Dr. Anderson will thoroughly assess your case and determine if you are a candidate for immediate implant temporization.