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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Stopperich Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Patient Review By Peggy F
I would not change anything
- Peggy F
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
Patient Review By Ken K
Great experience. No complaints
- Ken K
Patient Review By Amy S
Very good experience.
- Amy S
Patient Review By Margaret B
Dr stopperich made the pulling of a tooth and the implant almost fun and enjoyable! REALLY!
- Margaret B
Patient Review By Judi A
Procedure was quick, efficient and pain free. I had no problems.
- Judi A
Patient Review By Kim S
Would highly recommend.
- Kim S
Patient Review By Jeff G
The office staff/assistants were extremely professional and made you feel at ease. From start to finish was a pleasant experience. The dental Implant process was explained in detail and would recommend to anyone needing this type of procedure.
- Jeff G
Patient Review By Jodi
I appreciated the follow up call. Everyone very friendly
Patient Review By Carolyn S
Very friendly and efficient staff. Doctor is the best in the business. Would highly recommend him
- Carolyn S
Patient Review By Teresa S
I was a bit scared but it all went well. Everyone was great!
- Teresa S
Patient Review By Bill A
A very good experience on a long & complex process.
- Bill A
Patient Review By Pamela B
I would recommend Dr Stopperich to anyone who needs a dental implant or oral surgery.
- Pamela B
Patient Review By Bernice B
Very satisfied and I highly recommend Dr. Stopperich and his staff. You will be in excellent hands
- Bernice B