Dental Implants

Dental implants 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 jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. 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 Dr. Diehl. 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

Dental implants are titanium anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves only one surgical procedure.  The implant(s) are placed within your jawbone, and allowed to heal for approximately 2 (or more) months.  After healing, the patient returns to have impressions made for the fabrication of the abutment(s) and the permanent crown(s).  There are circumstances when waiting 2 months for the implant site to heal becomes problematic, as when front teeth are involved.  Under ideal circumstances, these cases are temporized, resulting in a temporary crown being placed on the implant(s) which allows the patient to have a cosmetic appearance immediately following surgery.


*  An implant acts as its own independant unit, it is not attached to any other tooth, unlike a bridge.

*  Implants, once restored, most closely resemble the natural tooth, and when it is placed and in function, the patient usually never thinks about it not being their own natural tooth.

*  Adjacent teeth do not have to be prepped, as compared to fabricating a bridge to replace missing tooth.

*  Implant success rates are well documented and provide outstanding long term results.

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