What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a medical-grade titanium screw that acts like the root of a missing tooth. After your bone heals for 4 months around the implant, we will attach an abutment and crown on top to give you chewing and smiling capability.


Implant Placement
An implant is the medical-grade titanium screw that is surgically placed to replace the root of a missing tooth.

Bone Graft at time of Implant
When implants are placed in conjunction with extractions, we add bone graft to make sure our patients get the best possible outcome.

A membrane is sometimes used to help hold the bone graft in the correct spot for optimal healing and long-term success.

Restorative Procedures (Appointment 2-3)

An abutment is used to connect an implant to a removable device (a full or partial denture) or to connect an implant to a crown.

Implant Crown
An implant crown will be screwed or cemented onto the abutment/implant once the implant is fully integrated (usually 4-6 months after placement).

What are the benefits of dental implants?

There are multiple benefits to dental implants:

  • They feel like your natural teeth (don’t move when chewing or speaking)

  • They help fill in spaces in your smile

  • They stop shrinkage of your jaw

Frequently Asked Questions

In some instances, we can offer an “immediate load,” or teeth-in-a-day like you see on tv.  However, you must have enough bone and no active infection in order to be a candidate. We’re happy to review all possible options for treatment with you when you visit us for a complimentary consult.

Most of our patients are pleasantly surprised with the pain-free process of getting a dental implant.  It’s a much quicker and streamlined process than most patients ever imagined.

We are limited by the body’s capability to heal/regrow new bone.  After your implant is placed, a new collar of bone will form around it while it’s beneath your gum.  The process usually takes 3-4 months. The worst thing we can do is put your crown on too early and make your implant fail so we have to start the process all over again. 

Though implants cannot get cavities, they are still at risk for peri-implantitis, a version of gum disease.  Smokers, diabetics, and patients on anti-depressants or with low vitamin D levels are at higher risk of losing bone around their implants.

Additional Questions?

If you have any questions that were not addressed, please reach out to us through our contact page.

Who should consider dental implants?

Almost everyone is a candidate for dental implants!  We’ve treated patients from age 20 up to age 90+.  As long as you’re not an uncontrolled diabetic or a heavy smoker, implants may be the right choice for you.  A few of our patients who have experienced the life-transforming decision to pursue dental implants include:

  • Betty, age 67, who replaced her 4 missing front teeth with an implant bridge so she could ditch her old partial denture

  • Charles, age 22, who replaced his missing front tooth after it had to be extracted from a wrestling accident

  • Joe, age 90, who couldn’t stand to wear his lower denture.  He added 2 dental implants to help anchor his denture and is now happily back to eating pretzels from the Philly Pretzel Factory

  • Eva, age 50, who kept chipping her front teeth because she no longer had back teeth to chew. By adding 2-3 dental implants in each arch, we filled out her smile and gave her a stable bite again
  • Scott, age 36, who had too many cavities to save his remaining upper teeth.  We placed 7 dental implants and gave him a fixed bridge on top of them so his confidence and speaking/chewing abilities have been restored.

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You’ve got nothing to lose!  Swing by our office for a complimentary consult and learn how we can help transform your smile with affordable dental implants. We’d love to meet you and change your view of dentistry so you look forward to your future visits with us.

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