Grand River Dental

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants, full-mouth reconstruction, and the range of services Dr. Leo Malin and Dr. Rachel Malin provide:


Do I need to be referred by another dentist to come to your office?

Not at all. Although we do receive many referrals from other dentists for our services, it is not a requirement. You can make an appointment with us directly and feel free to schedule an initial exam and consultation.

What sets Dr. Leo Malin apart as an implant dentist?

After he first started placing dental implants in 1993, Dr. Malin spent many additional years in study, research, and practical application to become a dental implantology and full-mouth reconstruction. In addition to treating his patients in private practice, Dr. Malin has pioneered many dental implant technology advancements, leading to four U.S. patents.

Dr. Malin has become a highly respected instructor in dental implant procedures and is recognized as a leading provider of continuing education in Dentistry Today magazine. He is currently the director of the dental implant and bone grafting training program at the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. Dr. Malin is the director of an advanced “hands-on” implant surgery training institute in the Dominican Republic. He has published numerous articles in professional publications and has been frequently featured on the cover.

What happens in my first full exam?

Our dentist will conduct an initial new patient exam and consultation. This exam includes a full discussion of your goals and concerns, any needed standard X-rays, and a thorough evaluation of your teeth, gums, jaw function, and the condition of any dental restorations you may already have. We will go over your results with you in detail, present your treatment options, and answer all your questions. When under the care of our father-daughter team of Dr. Leo Malin and Dr. Rachel Malin, you are in the hands of dentists who care.

What is the cost of my first exam?

Your initial exam and consultation are free!

Who are candidates for dental implants?

With recent advancements in implant technology, most patients are now candidates for dental implants. Even those who have suffered significant bone loss around their teeth can now receive dental implants. People who are heavy smokers or who have health issues, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease, can usually receive implants. During your initial consultation, Dr. Malin will determine if dental implants are right for you.

Learn more about our dental implant treatment.

Will I need bone grafting?

Whether or not you need bone grafting depends on how much bone is available to support an implant. Dr. Malin uses a state-of-the-art 3D CT scanner to determine if you will need bone grafting. If you do need bone grafting, we use advanced technology to make it efficient and minimally invasive.

Learn more about how Dr. Malin performs bone grafting.

How soon after bone grafting can I receive the implant?

In many instances, Dr. Malin can place a bone graft and dental implant simultaneously. The additional bone will then generate around the implant while the implant heals, with the implant and the new bone fusing during the healing process.

If a separate bone graft must be performed and allowed to heal before Dr. Malin places an implant, the healing process typically takes between four and six months.

How soon after extractions would it be best to receive an implant?

The best time to place an implant is immediately following an extraction. Providing the bone in your jaw is adequate, implant placement can usually be performed during the same surgery as the extraction. If bone grafting is necessary, it is generally done at the same time as the extraction.

If you do not receive an implant after your extraction, Dr. Malin will need to evaluate the condition of your jaw to determine whether it has healed to the point to be ready for an implant.

Why should I get an implant instead of a traditional dental bridge?

A dental bridge requires the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth to be ground down so the bridge can be cemented onto the adjacent teeth. The removal of some of this natural structure weakens the teeth and could lead to fracture, decay, and other complications later. Dental bridges also have an average lifespan of only about ten years.

Dental implants require no grinding down of adjacent teeth, are as strong as natural teeth, and can last a lifetime with proper care. Dr. Malin can tell you if you are a candidate for dental implants and explain their many advantages in a new patient exam and consultation.

Learn more about the benefits and advantages of dental implants.

How will I know whether a denture, a partial denture, or implants are the best option if I have broken-down teeth?

This can only be determined from the results of a complete examination and review of your medical and dental history. After the exam and analysis are complete, Dr. Leo Malin or Dr. Rachel Malin, our father-daughter team of dentists, will give you your treatment options, explain each one’s pros and cons, and answer any questions you may have.

Can I replace all my teeth?

Replacing a full set of teeth with implant-supported dentures involves performing the necessary extractions, placing implants, and creating a full set of custom implant-supported replacement teeth, typically eliminating any need for bone grafting. The new teeth are fixed stably in the mouth, do not move around, and provide nearly full chewing power. For patients who are missing all their teeth, this option will feel and function almost like having natural teeth.

Because the implants are placed in strategic locations to take advantage of available bone in most patients, including those who have suffered bone loss, there is no need for bone grafting in most cases.

Learn more about full mouth reconstruction.

Would implant-supported new teeth be good for me if I am already wearing dentures?

Yes, definitely. This procedure is just as beneficial and effective for people who have already lost all their teeth and are wearing dentures as it is for people who need to have teeth extracted first. Come to our office for an initial consultation to determine if you are a candidate for the procedure.

What is full-mouth reconstruction?

Full-mouth reconstruction is the action of rebuilding the teeth in your upper and lower jaw, so you have all your teeth again, and they are fully functional and aesthetic. Our dentists can reconstruct your entire smile with dental-implant-supported new teeth or use crowns, bridges, or a variety of other procedures to restore your mouth to full health, function, and beauty.

Learn more about how Dr. Leo Malin and Dr. Rachel Malin, our father-daughter team of dentists, can restore your entire smile with full-mouth reconstruction.

How much do implants cost?

There is no way to give a flat fee for placing implants without an exam, as each case has different procedural requirements. We have found that our implant services’ costs are lower than the average prices in our area, even though Dr. Malin provides top-grade dental implant services using only premium materials. We have deliberately kept our rates very reasonable to allow as many people as possible to avail themselves of the highest-quality implant treatment – we believe every person deserves a treatment with the latest advances in the dental arts.

Do you have any payment or financing options?

Yes. We have numerous payment options to make paying for your treatment as easy as possible. We also participate with CareCredit®, a healthcare financing company that offers several no-interest and fixed-interest financing options for qualified applicants.

Learn more about our range of payment options.

Will you take my insurance?

We will work with any dental insurance plan.

You should bring your medical insurance information when you see us because your medical insurance may provide coverage for some of our procedures.

We will happily check your benefits and let you know how you can use your insurance to cover your treatment. We will also file your insurance claims on your behalf to help you get the best possible reimbursement on covered procedures.

What kind of technology do you use?

At Grand River Dental, we have established a practice that is equipped with the latest technology, including our on-site lab, where we manufacture beautifully crafted, natural-looking new teeth. Our approach is geared to ensure the comfort, fit, and natural look and feel of your new teeth. We use several types of X-rays, including digital, a 3D X-ray system for a 360 view of your jaw and teeth, and panoramic X-rays to reveal the anatomical structure of your gums, teeth, and sinuses.

We are equipped with computer-guided implant planning software for precision placement of each implant. A custom surgical guide is placed over your teeth to ensure the correct angle of placement of implants. Rather than using the sticky goop for impressions, we use an advanced system that scans your teeth accurately, without the goop.

At Grand River Dental, we are focused on making your experience comfortable and easy to experience, and we have equipped our offices with the latest technology to serve you.

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