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 59 Dental Implant reviews.

Patient Review By Luella J

Great job

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Patient Review By Erika C

This is my second visit for implants, was just as good as the first several years a ago.

- Erika C

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Patient Review By Janice S

Felt very confident in the treatment given.

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Patient Review By David S

While I hope I do not need to return soon I woul definitely choose this office again or recommend to my friends/family

- David S

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Patient Review By John G

I am very pleased with my experience . Dr Stopperich did an excellent job and explained everything in great detail. I was very apprehensive about the procedure and he set my mind at ease.

- John G

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Patient Review By Teresa G

A great staff very friendly and caring. Would recommend office to everyone.

- Teresa G

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Patient Review By Shellie M

Everything was good

- Shellie M

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Patient Review By Cynthia G

I am very pleased with level of expertise and care, both with Dr Stopperich and with his staff.

- Cynthia G

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Patient Review By Ken A

Great experience

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Patient Review By Tom B

Very professional. Everyone was very helpful.

- Tom B

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Patient Review By John S

I have recommended Dr. Stopperich to family and friends. We have chosen to pay out of network for some procedures as insurances has changed over the years. His advice saved one of my children from potentially life long damage from a procedure that another surgeon had recommended.

- John S

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Patient Review By Joanna Z

Doctor Stopperich is a wonderful oral surgeon and all of his staff were extremely caring and professional. I will refer Dr. Stopperich and will be returning when the need arises.

- Joanna Z

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Patient Review By Anthony P

Amazing any place could be so great in everything. Really unusual & impressive,

- Anthony P

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Patient Review By Stephanie G

Excellent care and great explanations at every step of this lengthy process. I could not be happier with the results!

- Stephanie G

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Patient Review By Shirley H

Dr. Stopperich is a Excellent surgeon. Very good at explaining everything.

- Shirley H

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Patient Review By Tracy S

Definitely recommend. Will come back if needed in the future.

- Tracy S

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Patient Review By Alice K

I have been extremely happy with the staff and doctor. They are friendly, professional, and efficient.

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Patient Review By Sheryl R

Excellent experience

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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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