Dental Implants

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation

What are dental implants?

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.

Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.  A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.

A smiling elderly man

“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”

For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.

Surgical Advances in Dental Implants

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Smith, Dr. Lee and Dr. Link are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.

Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist.  Drs. Smith, Lee or Link performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary.  The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

Spring Park Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

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Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I was impressed with the caring and compassionate service I received from Dr. Lee and his staff. I returned today to check the implant and all was well. I highly recommend Dr. Lee.

- Sylvia F

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Dr. Lee, I thought it necessary to take the time to commend you for your excellent work…perfectly installing 6 dental implants. You came highly recommended…enough so that I felt it would be best to travel from central Pennsylvania all the way to your location for the work. Of course the traveling was not like going to the other side of town (as it took two flight segments to get to Moline) but your skills and professionalism put me at a comfort level that made the traveling nothing more than a minor inconvenience. Please thank your staff and everyone involved. I could not be more satisfied and would highly recommend you to anyone…even those out-of-state. Best Regards, David Whitcomb

- David W

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My experience was the "BEST" !! The front office staff was very helpful and answered all of my questions thoroughly. Doctor Lee and his staff were very professional and friendly. The whole process was very pleasant. The team at the Spring Park Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons gave me back my smile and improved my quality of life. Thanks to all of you !! Scott B.

- Scott B

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I've never had a better experience with everything involved in this procedure. I am "terrified" of anything involving dental work. I was put at ease from the very beginning. My tooth extraction went so well that I had no nerves at all going into the implant. Dr. Smith is absolutely awesome as well as Tia, the implant specialist!! Very friendly and professional. Answered every one of my questions as well as ones I didn't ask about. I wish I could give them more than 5 stars - I can't say enough good things about them. The entire staff was very friendly. I would be very confident in recommending them to anyone.

- Beth D

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