Dental Implants

Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. This titanium post acts as an artificial root which supports your replacement tooth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.

Evaluation for Dental Implants

If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Dunphy or an Implant Specialist referred by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.

Dental Implant Procedure

In most cases, a three dimensional radiograph will be taken to evaluate the structure of your jaw for implant placement. Once a suitable location has been identified, the implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. You should be able to wear a temporary appliance to replace your missing tooth or teeth during this time. 

After the dental implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the restorative phase begins. Dr. Dunphy will take an impression of the healed implant to begin fabricating your new teeth. A custom post will then be made to connect the crown or “tooth” to the implant. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments.