Dental Implants

Gaps in your smile can affect every aspect of your daily life, making you feel self-conscious and interfering with your oral health. Drs. Cynthia Bailey and Tess Marie Finley can replace missing teeth and improve your oral health with dental implants. Is it time to reclaim your oral health? Discover why so many Richmond, MI, patients just like you choose dental implants.

Dental Implants offer unrivaled benefits:


Enjoy Long-Lasting Results

Compared to traditional tooth replacement options, implant-supported restorations can provide decades of benefits. While your crown, bridge, or denture will need far fewer replacements over the years, the implants themselves can last a lifetime.


Prevent Jawbone Recession

When teeth are lost, the jawbone begins to recede, which can lead to serious dental issues and impact your general health. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that prevents tissue loss in the jaw.

Dental Function

Restore Complete Dental Function

Dental implants replace the entire structure of your tooth from root to crown. These complete artificial teeth mean you can speak clearly, eat comfortably, and smile confidently without worrying about an uncomfortable, artificial-looking restoration.

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Tooth Loss is a Common Concern.

Adults lose an average of 7 teeth by the age of 64.

* According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

We Recommend Implants for a Range of Dental Health Conditions:

  • Missing Teeth
  • Uncomfortable Dentures
  • Decayed Teeth
  • Broken Teeth
  • Shifting Teeth

You Can Trust us With your smile

Learn More About Dental Implants 

Since implants were introduced in the field over 40 years ago, they have become the premier method of tooth restoration and transformed modern restorative dentistry. While implants are still considered to be a fairly complex procedure, our doctors have undergone additional training to provide safe and effective results.

Our practice utilizes the most sophisticated dental technology to accurately plan and execute your procedure. With the utmost attention to detail and dedicated service, we ensure your comfort and satisfaction throughout every step of the process. If you are looking for an experienced team to trust with your oral health, contact Bailey Dental Group today. You can reach our Richmond, MI, office using our online contact form or by calling is on (586) 800-2250.

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A closer look at dental Implants

Covering the basics

A dental implant is a post, often made out of titanium, that is inserted into the jawbone. In just a few months, bone naturally grows around the implant. Once the post is secured in the bone, it can be used to support a dental crown or, alongside additional implants, a dental bridge or an entire denture.

The dentists at our Richmond, MI, dental office use high-quality dental materials to give you back the natural-looking smile and firm bite everyone treasures.

Unlike other tooth-replacement options, dental implants replace both the tooth and the tooth root. This comprehensive solution is not only stable but also encourages bone growth, ensuring a strong jawbone for years to come.

Candidates for Dental Implants:

Tooth damage

Bone density

Overall health

Irreparable Tooth Damage

While saving a natural tooth will always be our first course of action, sometimes trauma, decay, or infection is so extensive that a tooth is beyond repair. In cases where extraction is necessary, our Richmond, MI, dentists are very likely to recommend placing an implant.

Sufficient Bone Density

In order to support a titanium implant post, patients will need to have adequate jawbone density. If long-term tooth loss has caused you to experience some degree of bone loss, we may recommend a preliminary bone graft to first strengthen and build up the jaw. 

Good Overall Health

Implants involve a surgical procedure and are only recommended for patients who are in good health. Certain conditions like uncontrolled diabetes or autoimmune disorders can impair your ability to heal properly. Patients should also be non-smokers or quit before treatment. 

Begin your smile restoration journey

Contact Us to Request a Consultation

Dental implants are often referred to as the gold standard for tooth replacement. At Bailey Dental Group, we want patients to experience healthy, beautiful, and functional smiles that last a lifetime. If you suffer from tooth loss and are wondering if you are a candidate for dental implants, request a consultation at our Richmond, MI, dental practice by filling out our online form or by calling us on (586) 800-2250

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Incredibly Durable, Lifelike results

Take a look at how implant placement worksDental implants are placed directly in the jawbone, providing a secure and permanent foundation for an implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture. Your permanent restoration can improve your appearance and function just like a natural tooth.

After treatment at our Richmond, MI, dentistry practice, you can expect to enjoy all your favorite foods and smile with confidence.

Your treatment timeline

Dental implants require multiple appointments at our Richmond, MI, practice. The course of treatment usually takes several months following your initial consultation.

1. Consultation

During your first office visit, your dentist will spend time working with you to plan the various steps of your treatment. During this stage, we will determine whether you will need additional work, including preparatory procedures like a bone graft. We partner with a skilled periodontist who can provide treatment in our office.

2. Implant Surgery

After you have recovered from any initial treatment, we will schedule your appointment for implant surgery. During the procedure, the area will be numbed, small incisions will be made in the gums, and titanium implant posts will be carefully positioned in the jaw using x-rays and digital imaging software for the most accurate placement. The incisions will be closed and a temporary restoration may be attached.

3. Osseointegration

Over the course of the next four to six months, the implants will actually fuse with the bone in a process called osseointegration. This ensures a solid and long-lasting foundation.

4. Abutments

Once our dentists have determined that the treatment site is fully healed, you will return to the office to have an abutment (connector piece) attached to the top of each implant. Depending on your situation, our dentist may be able to place your permanent restoration, but in most cases, we let a few weeks pass until your gums have healed.

5. Permanent Restoration

At your final appointment, we will secure your implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture to your abutments. Our dentist will give you simple instructions on aftercare. After the appointment, your new teeth will be fully functional and look just like real teeth. 

Recovering from dental implant placement

Here are some tips to make your recovery as smooth as possible:


Take Medications as Directed

Some discomfort is to be expected as your mouth and jaw heal. However, it is usually easily managed with over-the-counter medications. Your dentist may prescribe medications as well. Take medications as directed.


Use Ice Packs to Reduce Swelling

Use ice packs on your jaw to minimize swelling and discomfort. Place them on your cheeks for 20 to 30 minutes at a time.

Soft food

Eat a Soft Diet to Minimize Irritation

It is best to eat a soft diet for the first one to two weeks following implant placement. This will minimize any irritation to the implant site.

Keep in mind that if you have excessive swelling, bleeding, or pain, or if you notice symptoms such as a fever, please call our Richmond dental practice so we can address your issues promptly.  

Can I afford Dental Implants?

The cost of treatment at our Richmond, MI, practice varies from patient to patient. Our dentists will first need to examine your smile before we can provide a personalized estimate.

Regardless of the cost, we try to make the procedure as affordable as possible. Although implants are not usually covered by insurance, we will work with your dental insurance to get as much coverage as possible for your restoration. We also accept flexible financing through CareCredit®, allowing you to make low monthly payments on your treatment. 

Consider the overall value

While dental implant treatment is more expensive than traditional restorative methods, it can provide patients with truly invaluable benefits:

  • Unlike a removable denture which is prone to slipping out of place, your dental implant-supported restoration will be incredibly secure and comfortable, allowing you to enjoy life without worrying about missing teeth.
  • The implants replace your tooth roots, preserving your jawbone and preventing you from developing sunken cheeks and an aged appearance.
  • Caring for your implants is nearly as simple as caring for your natural teeth. Forget soaking your denture overnight or applying messy dental adhesives.
  • Implant-supported restorations are fixed for maximum convenience, simplifying your lifestyle and hygienic routine.

If you are ready to start experiencing all the benefits of dental implants, contact our Richmond, MI, practice today.

Find out what dental implants will cost in your case

Request a Free Consultation

The only way to find out what a dental implant will cost in your particular case is to request a consultation. We’ll use our high-tech instrumentation to assess your bone density and candidacy for a dental implant, then go over the treatment plan and costs for a beautiful, functional smile. We work with a team of specialists to maintain the highest standards for dental implants.

Throughout the process, patients come first:

  • We listen carefully so you know your concerns have been heard.
  • We thoroughly explain all aspects of your dental care.
  • We work with you to find conservative solutions to your dental needs.  

Let's talk about the best way to rebuild your smile. Leave us a message online or call us on (586) 800-2250.

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The risk of untreated tooth loss

At our Richmond practice, we often see people who put off needed treatment, stoically choosing to soldier on instead of looking after their own best interests. But when it comes to missing teeth, those good intentions can snowball into heartbreaking losses and more expensive treatments. The cascade can start with a single missing tooth.

Shifting teeth

Damage teeth

Tooth loss

Shifting Teeth

A complete set of teeth sit shoulder to shoulder, propping each other up. When a tooth is missing, nearby teeth often start slowly shifting into the vacant space. This then allows other teeth to shift as well.

Damage to Healthy Teeth

As your teeth shift, they begin to slant and look crooked. More importantly, your upper and lower teeth no longer mesh neatly together, which causes uneven wear and tear as they clash against one another.

Further Tooth Loss

More change occurs below the gumline. Without the tooth and the tooth root, the jawbone no longer receives the signals to grow new bone. As the bone recedes, other teeth may loosen and fall out.

Is It Time to Put Yourself First? 

If you are missing teeth, the dentists at Bailey Dental Group in Richmond can work with you to find a solution. You may be surprised to find out how easily dental implants can fit into your monthly budget when you take advantage of our flexible CareCredit financing. 

No. You will be thoroughly numbed before implant placement begins so you are completely comfortable during your treatment. Some discomfort is to be expected as you heal, but it is usually easily managed at home with medications, a soft diet, and ice. 

Dental implants are made of durable titanium and are designed to last a lifetime. However, your restoration will wear over time and will eventually need to be replaced. With proper care and maintenance, your implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture can last for 15 years or longer.

One of the benefits of dental implants is that you will care for your newly restored smile just like natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. Visit your dentist for regular exams and cleanings.

It takes about four to six months for the implants to completely fuse with the jawbone. However, the incision site should heal within about two weeks.