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 49 Dental Implant reviews.

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.

- Sook K

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Patient Review By Dan O

No pain for extraction or post implant. Having novacane applied with needle hurt the most. Great doctor and staff. Highly recommend!!!

- Dan O

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Patient Review By Joyce C

I'm very confident in this docter and staff!

- Joyce C

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Patient Review By Heather

Excellent Doctor and Staff! Successful procedures. Minimal pain and no complications. Would highly recommend!

- Heather

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Patient Review By Lawrene N

I am very pleased with my overall experience. This was my second procedure, and Dr. Stopperich and his staff were always friendly, professional and courteous. I am happy with my results, and would definitely recommend this practice.

- Lawrene N

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Patient Review By Wayne S

Every here is very professional and very friendly !

- Wayne S

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Scary procedure made fun

- Anonymous

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Patient Review By Ray J

Very professional, very courteous, the doctor and the website explained each step of what could be a scary procedure which made it much easier to plan for and go through. Would highly recommend this practice to anyone needing these services.

- Ray J

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Patient Review By Peggy F

I would not change anything

- Peggy F

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Patient Review By Michael R

Communication was very good describing the procedures. Dr was very intent on making sure that he was not hurting me or that I was not feeling any pain.

- Michael R

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Patient Review By Ken K

Great experience. No complaints

- Ken K

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Patient Review By Amy S

Very good experience.

- Amy S

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Patient Review By Margaret B

Dr stopperich made the pulling of a tooth and the implant almost fun and enjoyable! REALLY!

- Margaret B

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