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Dental Implants

Missing teeth or an unstable set of dentures can dramatically compromise your ability to eat, speak, or smile with confidence.

Fortunately, Drs. Michael Sharp and Aoua Coulibaly can restore your smile and dental function with state-of-the-art dental implants. 

Discover why patients throughout Portage and Kalamazoo, MI, trust us for their dental implants...

Ready To Restore Your Missing Teeth? Visit Our Dental Practice Today

Dr. Sharp is a highly trained dentist who can perform all phases of dental implant treatment at our practice serving greater Portage, MI. Our practice has received hundreds of positive reviews from satisfied patients. We are a trusted source for top-of-the-line restorative dentistry and will be happy to help you smile with confidence once again.

If you are interested in getting started on your dental implant treatment, contact the Sharp Smile Center today. You can schedule a consultation online or by calling:

(269) 344-4004

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Paul Hamilton

September 2019

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Greatest Dental Team on the planet, I am an anxious Dental Patient but with their strong desire to make me comfortable, I am in the middle of full implants with great hopes for the future. Thanks Dr. Mike and crew!!!

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Cody Lynn

October 2019

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I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Sharp and his team. Everyone genuinely cares.

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A Closer Look at Dental Implants

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Dental implants consist of a titanium post, abutment, and final restoration to replace the entire tooth from root to crown.

Why Are They So Stable?

A single implant consists of three parts giving the right patient the most stable tooth loss solution available in restorative dentistry...
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Implant

Implants are made of titanium alloy, which is a material utilized by NASA for its lightweight feel and exceptional strength. The titanium implant acts as an artificial tooth root and stabilizes your custom restoration. When cared for properly, your implants can last anywhere from 40 years to a lifetime. 

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Abutment

Abutments are small screw-like parts that attach to your titanium implant posts. They serve as the point of connection between the implant and the restoration. Abutments hold your prosthetic securely in place but allow the dentist to remove the teeth for occasional cleaning and replacement.

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Restoration

Restorations are custom-designed prosthetic teeth that come in the form of a crown, bridge, or denture. Your restoration is made from incredibly realistic-looking porcelain ceramic that mimics the properties of natural tooth enamel. Our quality prosthetics are stain-resistant, durable, and can last well over a decade with proper maintenance. 

Not all dentists place dental implants. Learn why patients from all over Portage are referred to Dr. Sharp...

Specialized Training For Complex Cases

Dr. Sharp has additional training in oral surgery and can handle patients with complex restorative needs. We take on cases from referring dentists and can handle every step of your implant care. 

What type of dental implant is right for me?

You Have Several Treatment Options Traditional Dental Implants

Traditional implants can replace any number of missing teeth on the upper and lower dental arches. Typically one implant is placed for every missing tooth. In order to qualify for traditional implants, patients need to be in good health and have sufficient jawbone density. If you are lacking in bone tissue, we are able to perform certain preparatory procedures such as bone grafts and sinus lifts to restore your candidacy.

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​Worried You Don't Qualify?

All-on-4 Implants Work For Patients With Bone Loss

Patients who are missing most or all of their teeth may be good candidates for All-on-4® dental implants. This technique replaces an entire arch of teeth with just four implant posts. All-on-4 implants are a more conservative and efficient placement method for patients who have sustained jawbone atrophy, as they can forgo a preliminary bone graph. By taking advantage of your existing tissue patients can save time and money with this alternative form of treatment. 

All-On-4 Implants
Restore Your Entire Smile

With All-on-4, Dr. Sharp can often restore an entire arch of teeth in a single appointment.

Timeline for Dental Implants

 Overall, our dental implants are more than 98% successful.

Day of Procedure

 Overall, our dental implants are more than 98% successful.

Implant Placement

On surgery day, Dr. Sharp will begin by numbing the area and administering any sedation. We make a small incision in the place of your missing tooth and carefully insert the titanium post into your jawbone. To ensure maximum precision, we use computer-aided technology to guide each implant placement.

Osseointegration

Over the next several months, your implant fuses to the jaw in a process known as osseointegration. During your recovery, you will be given a temporary restoration to maintain your dental function. Once your jawbone is healed, we'll schedule your second procedure to attach abutments. 

Craft Prosthetic

We will take extremely detailed digital impressions of your smile and create the design for your implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture. These designs are sent to our trusted dental lab where technicians hand-craft the custom prosthetic.

Tooth Restoration

When it is ready you will return to the office for your final restoration. Dr. Sharp fits the crown, bridge, or denture to the abutments and makes sure you are satisfied with the look and feel, creating a beautifully seamless smile.

Don't be nervous about the procedure...

Sedation Makes It Easier

Many patients postpone this important dental treatment because they feel anxious about undergoing a surgical procedure. But we strive to make surgery as safe, comfortable, and efficient as possible for patients throughout greater Portage, MI, and Kalamazoo. Patients who are particularly nervous or sensitive can find comfort in sedation dentistry. Depending on your needs and medical history, you can undergo your procedure with the aid of oral conscious or nitrous oxide sedation. These techniques induce a state of deep relaxation without putting you to sleep, safely lowering anxiety and sensory perception. We ensure your comfort throughout every step of treatment and work hard to ease your concerns.

You are in good hands at the Sharp Smile Center. Give us a call today to ask about sedation and find out which option is right for you. 

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"In my opinion, the best dental practice in Kalamazoo. I suffer from extreme anxiety and Denise made me completely at ease. I highly recommend this dental practice for anyone who suffers anxiety from dental procedures. They are very compassionate, gentle and understanding." Richard Stewart

Innovative Techniques  Promoting Faster Recovery

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PRP & PRF

Our dental office is one of the only practices serving Portage and Kalamazoo, MI, to use platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and plasma-rich fibrin (PRF) to expedite your healing and lay groundwork for the success of your implants. During your appointment, we will draw your own blood, place it into a centrifuge, separate the blood from the growth factors, and reinsert the purified proteins back into the surgical site. This advanced scientific process promotes a speedy recovery, helping patients heal more comfortably and effectively after their implant surgery. 

The Choice Is Simple...

Superior Treatment Guaranteed at Sharp Smile Center

While we do our best to make it look easy, the reality is, dental implants are fairly complicated and should only be handled by skilled professionals. Beyond his 35 years of experience in general dentistry, Dr. Sharp has studied alongside leading implantology masters—like Dr. Bill Dorfman from Extreme Smile Makeover—and has completed studies at the prestigious Misch International Implant Institute and the Kois Center in Seattle. Our level of expertise ensures a higher standard of care and the best possible results for your treatment. The choice is simple. Trust Sharp Smile Center with your oral health and smile. Schedule a consultation at our Kalamazoo, MI, practice online, or call:

(269) 344-4004

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

The cost of dental implants begins at $4,500 for our patients in the greater Portage, MI, area. While the total will vary from patient to patient depending on the complexity of their case, you can generally expect the cost to reflect the number of implants you need.

Implants are undoubtedly a major investment but can pay off in oral health benefits and longterm savings. In addition to giving you a convenient solution for tooth loss, dental implants prevent certain conditions like gum recession and bone loss and can save you from needing expensive restorative procedures in the future. Furthermore, implant-supported restorations last longer than traditional prosthetics and will need far fewer replacements over the course of a lifetime. 

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Are dental implants worth it in the end?

The Gold Standard In Tooth Restoration Dental Implants VS Traditional Restorations

Implant-supported restorations offer patients several benefits that cannot be matched by traditional restorative methods. Consider these four life-changing advantages...

Better Fit

Compared to older methods of tooth replacement like dentures, restorations supported by dental implants fit more securely and comfortably. Because they are directly attached to your jawbone, they will never slip out of place. You can eat all the foods you love and speak clearly.

Convenient Maintenance

Unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures are fixed in place and do not need to be taken out at night or rinsed after meals. They are cared for in a similar fashion as natural teeth and will not require any changes to your lifestyle or routines. 

Improved Health

Over time tooth loss can alter your bone structure and make you appear older. Dental implants are the only restorative method that protects your jawbone, giving you a full healthy smile and helping you maintain a youthful appearance. 

Greater Confidence

Implant-supported restorations are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth, allowing you to take pride in your smile once again. Dental implants are truly an investment in your quality of life and can profoundly improve your self-esteem and confidence. 

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Doctor Sharp along with his team are fantastic.
From the greetings when you arrive, the excellent care you receive while with Doctor Sharp. When you leave Sharp Smile Center you realize how fortunate you are to have a Quality place to go for all your dental needs. 
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Elise Stephens

December 23, 2018

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Last week I had a dental implant done by Dr. Sharp and the worst part of the whole thing was having to take antibiotics. The staff and Dr. Sharp are truly incredible. They’re compassionate, organized, friendly and care about their patients. I highly recommend them to anyone seeking a dentist.

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Implants Are Worth The Investment

When you choose dental implants at Sharp Smile Center in Kalamazoo, you stand to get the best possible return on your investment. Please contact us if you have any questions and we will be happy to help.
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Dr. Michael Sharp

Sharp Smile Center

Dr. Michael Sharp believes in using his advanced dentistry skills and top-of-the-line dental technology to help people change their lives for the better—inside and out. Dr. Sharp belongs to a number of prestigious organizations, including:
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
We invite you to request a consultation online or call us at (269) 344-4004 today.

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"Eight implants and many crowns later, I have a smile to be proud of. With the aid of sedation, we got a lot done in a short time. THANK YOU Dr. Sharp and staff for getting me through my dental problems." Gene

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