William E. Mason, D.D.S., M.S., Periodontics - Dental Implants
Dental Implants


What are Dental Implants?
Why Replace a Missing Tooth At All?
Benefits of Dental Implants
Are Implants Right for Me?
The Implant Procedure
Why Choose Dr. Mason?
Reasons to Smile (Testimonials)
Additional Resources

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium. It is carefully placed into the jaw and allowed to heal to the bone. Once healed, the general dentist can place a crown, bridge, or denture. These feel and function like natural teeth.

Dental implants offer a permanent solution to the embarrassment of missing teeth, and a much more comfortable alternative to dentures.

Whether you have lost teeth because of disease, decay or trauma, Dr. Mason can give you the opportunity to look and feel better, to eat anything you want, and to speak in front of others with confidence… many reasons to smile!


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Why Replace a Missing Tooth At All?

Appearance

When a tooth is lost, the bone beneath it no longer receives stimulation and bone loss occurs. Bone loss dramatically affects the facial structure of people who have missing teeth or who wear dentures. Missing teeth and the resulting bone loss cause the lower third of the face to collapse and sink inward. In addition, the muscles of the face shift, causing deep wrinkles. By not replacing a missing tooth the other teeth ”drift”. The result is a mouthful of crooked teeth that affect both appearance and the bite.


Prevents Bone Loss

A dental implant forms a strong bond with the jaw, offering a stable foundation for replacement teeth and preventing the bone loss that is inevitable with missing teeth. Other tooth replacement systems, such as dentures, cannot offer the same bone loss prevention that dental implants provide.

Health

People who have missing teeth or who wear dentures often have difficulty chewing. Because their food choices are limited, they experience problems with digestion and nutrition. Tooth decay is common in people who wear partial dentures because the area where the partial is anchored is harder to clean and more easily collects decay-causing bacteria.


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Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants:

  • Look, feel and function like natural teeth.
  • Maintain the natural shape of your jaw and face, which can change after you lose teeth.
  • Preserve your other teeth. That means no grinding or crowning of your natural teeth for bridges, and no clasps for removable partial dentures.
  • Help restore biting and chewing – comfortably!
  • Eliminate bone loss in your jaws, which is inevitable after tooth loss.
  • Won’t slip like dentures

You can even clean your dental implants just as you would your natural teeth, and there is no need for adhesives!


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Are Implants Right for Me?

Anyone who has missing teeth may be a candidate for dental implants, even if you are older or have serious dental problems.

Dr. Mason will help you determine the implants options that are best for you.


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The Implant Procedure

Once you choose dental implants, the first step is to develop a custom treatment plan that addresses your specific needs.

The next step involves a surgical procedure to place the dental implants into the jaw. As the jaw heals, it bonds with the implants, creating a stable foundation for the replacement teeth. The healing process takes from 12 to 24 weeks. During this time, if you have been wearing dentures or bridges, your dentist may reline or refit them so that you will not be without teeth.

Once the implants have bonded with the bone, small connectors are attached to the implants. Called abutments, these connectors will securely hold your replacement teeth.

Your general dentist will then make impressions of your mouth and models of your bite and jaw. Your new teeth will be fashioned based on these models.

Based on your needs, your replacement teeth may be fixed permanently in place, removable or a combination of both.


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Why Choose Dr. Mason?

Dr. Mason has placed over 2500 dental implants since completing his implant training in 1989. He has published eight articles in the Journal of the Michigan Dental Association and two others in national dental journals. Dr. Mason is a member of the Deans Faculty at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, teaching in the Graduate Periodontics Clinic. He has lectured numerous times locally and performs surgical procedures at Delta College for the instruction of the dental hygiene students. Dr. Mason has developed and patented an instrument which helps make dental anesthesia more comfortable for the patient. He and his staff have continued to keep abreast of the many advances in periodontics and dental implants.

His professional affiliations include: American Academy of Periodontology, Michigan Society of Periodontists, Michigan Periodontal alumni Association, American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, Saginaw Valley and County Dental Associations.

Dr. Mason has been in private practice in Saginaw since 1984. His front office staff has a combined total of 38 years experience in dentistry. His dental assistants have been in the dental assisting field and average of 18 years. Dr. Mason has a staff of 7 hygienists who have an average of 22 years experience.The office has also been selected as a consultant office for The Dental Advisor newsletter, which tests new dental products. All the staff is active participants in dental continuing education in their respective fields.

The majority of Dr. Mason’s patients are referred by their family dentist. However, anyone is welcome to make an appointment if they have a concern with their TMJ (jaw joint) or are interested in replacing last teeth with dental implants.

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Reasons To Smile (Testimonials)  

Dental implants have a success rate of approximately 95 percent. People who have chosen Dr. Mason for dental implants agree that the implants have had an extremely positive impact on their lives. Here are some examples:

"One of my front teeth was dying from an old trauma. There was absolutely no pain after it was removed. Now, no one can tell which tooth was replaced - even the dentists I’ve asked have trouble telling."

Tom P.

“People with their natural teeth forget how blessed they are that they can eat a raw carrot, bite an ear of corn. I can do all that again. I can talk without any fear of slipping of sliding. I can’t say enough positive things about my implants. They’re a miracle.”

Anne C.

“My dental implants are wonderful. The procedure was no big deal – I’m really glad I did it. My implants look great, just like my real teeth. I don’t have to worry about them getting loose or falling out. And I can eat anything I want. I just love them.”

Kelly R.

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Resources

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