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Dental Implants

About Implant Treatment and What to Expect

The placement of dental implants is one of the best long-term options for permanently restoring one or more missing teeth. Missing teeth can cause a variety of oral health problems in addition to making everyday functions, such as chewing and smiling, more difficult. Dental implants look and function just like natural teeth, allowing you to eat and smile with confidence and avoid associated oral health problems.

A dental implant consists of three main parts: the medical-grade titanium implant post, the custom-made crown, and the connecting abutment. The dental implant post is placed in the jaw and naturally integrates with the jaw bone, providing a secure base for a custom-made porcelain crown. This crown is fabricated to look just like your missing natural tooth or teeth and is firmly secured to the implant post through the connecting abutment. This solid foundation allows patients to experience a lifetime of benefits if their dental implants are cared for properly.

Benefits of Dental Implants


Dental implants are secure and permanent.

When you choose to restore your teeth with dental implants, there is no risk of your flipper or denture falling out or becoming dislodged.


Your smile will look healthy and natural.

The custom-made crown, which attaches to the dental implant, is designed to look identical to a healthy, natural tooth. Many people can’t tell the difference between a natural tooth and an implant.


Dental implants promote healthy jaws, gums, and surrounding teeth.

When a tooth is lost, the jaw bone slowly begins to deteriorate in the area surrounding the missing tooth site. Dental implants can help preserve the shape of your jaw while taking the burden off your remaining healthy teeth.


Many people are candidates for implant placement.

If you are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you are likely healthy enough to have a dental implant placed. If there is not enough remaining jaw bone to support the implant, we can restore the bone with bone grafting treatments prior to implant placement.

Dental Implant Procedure

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Placing dental implants typically requires a two-part process—one surgical procedure to place the implant screw, and a second procedure to secure the custom-made crown and complete the restoration. The placement, fabrication, and final restoration process is completed hand in hand with our fantastic network of restorative dentists in the Tri-Cities area.

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Begin Your Dental Implant Journey

Our oral surgery experts specialize in implant dentistry and helping our patients achieve a smile they can feel proud of. Contact us to get started and find out how dental implants can provide you with the healthy smile you deserve.

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