Dental Implants

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

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 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.

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.

A smiling older man

“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 in Dental Implants

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Walzer, Dr. Sullivan, Dr. Hlousek, Dr. Jones, Dr. Chambers and Dr. Kufta are 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.  Drs. Walzer, Sullivan, Hlousek, Jones, Chambers or Kufta 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 dental implant process.


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5 out of 5 stars based on 11 Dental Implants reviews.

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Dr Chambers was very personable and made the process very easy and calming. Dental appts can be nervewracking but everyone in the entire office makes you feel very comfortable and are very professional.

- Walter B

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Thanks again Dr Hlousek once again you made a Sure that I had a pain-free procedure. I’d like to especially thank your teammates Johannie and Kristen Who were very kind and communicated clearly during the procedure. They were extremely professional and efficient and most of all non judgmental about my cowardice!! Haha Thanks again

- Edward R

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I cannot speak highly enough of Dr. Hlousek and his entire staff. From start to finish, the standard of care that I received throughout my treatment plan was exceptional. I was a challenging case as a nervous patient who required multiple procedures. Dr. Hlousek and his team always helped put me at ease, and he succeeded in delivering me the best implant solution. I could not be happier with the results, and I am so grateful to them. I highly recommend this practice!

- Brigitte G

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I came in today to have a implant done by Dr. Sullivian. He was awesome made me feel peaceful him and the ladies that assisted him. He also call me that night to check to see How I was doing.I was so impressed by his care of his patient.

- Janet H

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My medical experience with Dr. Jones has been amazing. He is an excellent surgeon. Unfortunately my experience with the administrative staff has been substandard. I left a message on Friday, June 18, 2021 and on Monday June 21, 2021 for Melissa. I have yet to receive a return telephone call, which I find completely unacceptable. A dental claim submitted for a 2/23/21 visit did not contain x-rays so BCBS denied the claim. A dental claim submitted for a 4/9/21 visit contained x-rays but the film was not labeled so the claim was denied by BCBS. A claim submitted for a 10/14/20 visit was denied as not medically necessary even though my tooth cracked and fell out - how could the office fail to provide enough information to substantiate the claim to BCBS?? Fortunately I can afford to pay upfront for medical services provided, but obviously I would like to receive back from form dental insurance whatever is covered. Again absolutely great medical care, but the the dental claim submission by staff is horrible. Staff very friendly 5 stars. Dental claim submission poor thus 2 stars.

- Kim B

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I want to take my time to thank Dr.Neil Sullivan and his caring Staff for they done for me. Throughout my Dental Implant procedures from start to finish. This is the place to go if you need any Dental care, they are very kind and caring and professional. I am truly grateful for Dr. Neil Sullivan for making this happen.

- Brenda S

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Dr. Jones is an excellent Doctor and takes the time to explain everything and put your mind at ease. I’d recommend him to anybody.

- Brian C

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I waited about a year after my tooth was removed because I was so fearful of the procedure. I finally got the implant put in and the worst part was the injection to numb my mouth. It was a piece of cake. Thank you Dr. Chambers

- Pamela M

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