Dental Implants

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 dental 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.

Call our office at McMurray Office Phone Number 724-942-4800 with any questions about Dental Implants or to make an appointment with Dr. Stopperich.

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


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.

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“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

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Stopperich is 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.

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Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Dr. Stopperich 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.

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5 out of 5 stars based on 41 Dental Implant reviews.

Patient Review By Heather D

Everyone was so nice

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Patient Review By Connor J

Fantastic doctor and the staff is outstanding with all the treatments that we have done at their office.

- Connor J

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Patient Review By Jeff Tatano

Did great job

- Jeff Tatano

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Patient Review By Eric

Very courteous and professional.

- Eric

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Patient Review By Misty E

I would recommend Dr Stopperich to a friend

- Misty E

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Patient Review By Gina L

Office is beautiful, clean and well run. Entire staff sincerely cares about your experience and your health. Dr. Stopperich is second to none!

- Gina L

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Patient Review By Gail A

Dr. Stopperich's office is very modern and beautiful inside. That said, the staff and Dr. Stopperich treated me with kindness from start to finish. No pain during the procedures and he always checks in with you regarding your tolerance for pain. There wasn't any, of course, but it felt good to know that he cared. The staff is great... everyone treated me well here. I'll be back fir a follow up procedure. They're the best, so it's the only place I'd go!

- Gail A

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Patient Review By Stephen S

Great experience & will refer and continue to work with doc as long as I am in the area.

- Stephen S

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Patient Review By Shea G

My experience with the implant procedure has been quite satisfying. The procedure involved minimal pain and had great recovery times; was able to work the next day.

- Shea G

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Patient Review By Jeffrey Z

Would highly recommend

- Jeffrey Z

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Patient Review By Christine S

Dr. Stopperich made what could have been a rough procedure a positive experience. Everything was explained in terms that I could understand and I appreciate the care he and his staff showed to me.

- Christine S

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Patient Review By Frank Z

I was very impressed. The procedure was quick and painless.

- Frank Z

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Patient Review By Alice K

Office is very professional. I definitely would come back to Dr. Stopperich and recommend him to anyone.

- Alice K

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Patient Review By Pamela O

Staff was supportive, knowledgeable and walked me thru process and expectations--3 dental implants. Dr. Stopperich was amazing...the procedure was perfect-seamless from beginning to end and with his skill in handling a nervous patient. Both staff and Dr. were perfect and are highly recommended.

- Pamela O

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Patient Review By Beth b

Very professional and "patient friendy" Physician and staff.

- Beth b

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Patient Review By Melissa R

Overall, the dental implant process went extremely well. I would recommend Dr. Stopperich to my friends and family who may need an oral surgery or dental implant.

- Melissa R

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Patient Review By Adam G

All aspects of care and treatment have been excellent

- Adam G

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Patient Review By Mary S

Nice place to get dental work completed

- Mary S

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Patient Review By Robert G

The entire experience was excellent. I'm very pleased.

- Robert G

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Patient Review By Sook K

I can trust Dr. Stopperich while procedure is being done.

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