Dental Implants: Restore your smile

A dental implant is a titanium post that simulates the root of a missing tooth. It is surgically positioned into the jawbone, under the gum line, in order to create a strong foundation for replacement teeth. A completely restored dental implant includes three pieces:

  • The dental implant itself – surgically placed into the jawbone
  • The abutment – a connector between the implant and crown
  • The replacement crown – the part that is visible and looks like a tooth

Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Typically, we will surgically place the implant and the abutment, and the crown will be completed by your restorative dentist. 

Dental Implants Replace Teeth

Dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth and are widely recognized as the best replacement method. 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 and 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.

Dental Implant Surgery

A depiction of the upper jaw with all normal teeth
1. Normal
An example of the upper jaw missing a tooth with the jaw bone unhealed
2. Tooth Loss
A representation of a healed upper jaw bone after losing a tooth
3. Healed Bone
A digital representation of the initial dental implant placed in the jaw bone
4. Implant Placed
A representation of the healed jaw bone after placement of the dental implant
5. Healing
An example of a fully restored tooth using a dental implant
6. Implant Restored

Phases of Dental Implant Process

  1. Consultation and Treatment Plan – The initial phase of the dental implant process starts here. Imaging will be obtained along with your medical history to give us a clear picture of your current health. We will then explore treatment options.
  2. Extraction – The next step is to have the tooth in question extracted. In some cases, we may be able to place the implant immediately following the extraction. In others, bone grafting or further planning may be required prior implant placement.
  3. Missing Teeth – Often times a patient will present to the office with a missing tooth or be completely edentulous.  Missing teeth over a period of time can cause your jaw bone to atrophy, or resorb. In this case, bone grafting will likely be necessary.
  4. Bone Grafting – Most bone grafting procedures are done to restore your bone to its previous form prior to tooth loss, gum disease or trauma. This ensures the implant will be adequately supported when it is placed in the jaw. This procedure is typically followed by several months of healing before a dental implant can be placed.
  5. Dental Implant Surgery – During the implant procedure, the surgeon makes a small incision in the gum tissue to reveal the bone, preps area with the use of surgical instruments, and gently inserts the titanium implant into your jawbone. 
  6. Osseointegration – Now the healing begins. As the surrounding bone fuses with the dental implant, it is creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. The length of time varies from person to person, depending upon the quality and quantity of bone. 
  7. Abutment Placement – After osseointegration occurs, the surgeon places an abutment or a healing cap onto the implant. This allows gum tissue to mature and provides access to the implant.
  8. Final Restoration – The permanent crown is placed on top of the abutment. Typically, the final restoration is fabricated by your general dentist or a prosthodontist.

In general, once your implants are placed, you can expect your treatment to be completed anywhere from 4 to 12 months. It is difficult to give you a specific time-frame for completion of your treatment until after the implants are ready for restoration, as each patients healing time can vary.

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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.

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Oakland Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center

5 out of 5 stars based on 73 Dental Implants reviews

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The front office staff, the surgical assistants, and the oral surgeons are all top notch. I've been a patient for a few years now and have consistently received high-quality professional care by Dr. Kissoondial (and Dr. Coke today). Everyone I've dealt with there is courteous and friendly and genuinely committed to excellent patient care.

- Jackie S

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This was my second dental implant at the Sterling Heights Office. My doctor was great, the surgical assistants, and the office staff were also great and and very helpful. I would return if needed, but hopefully it will not be necessary.

- James O

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After a recent visit to Oakland Oral Surgery Sterling Heights Office for an upcoming Dental Implant surgery, I would like to exemplify the friendly, professional and Proactive Oral care that I experienced at the hands of Dr. Kissoondial and Staff. Thanks again for a Job well done.

- Philip T

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I wouldn't go anywhere else than Oakland Oral Surgery for dental extractions and implants. I've had several implants performed there over the years and have never had a complaint. The office staff and surgical assistants are exceptionally friendly while taking very good care of the patients. I can't say enough good things about Dr. Kissoondial who is committed to providing the very best care to his patients. He takes the time to listen to his patients and to explain everything carefully. Such a great guy! I highly recommend Oakland Oral Surgery to anyone looking for the best in dental care!

- Jackie S

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Dr Azzopardi is great! He's done 3 implants for me. He is caring, considerate , explains procedures thoroughly and takes time to do the job right. He is careful & that is reassuring. He makes sure the mouth is healing properly. I trust him. Good doctor!!

- Barbara M

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