Dental Implants


Dental implants are the only structurally complete tooth replacement available in dentistry today, and they are increasingly popular among patients as a result. This treatment method is convenient, effective, durable and aesthetically pleasing and is associated with a number of specific benefits that patients will want to consider as they weigh the various options that may be used to restore their smiles.

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 Dental Implant Structure


Dental implants are small titanium cylinders. They are made of titanium because it is biocompatible. That is, the surrounding bone tissue in the jaw can form a strong bond with the titanium implant surface. That osseointegration process renders the dental implant as a permanent fixture in the patient’s jaw, allowing it to function similarly to a biological tooth’s root.


A dental implant is surgically placed into the patient’s jaw, and the osseointegration process is completed over the course of several months. Patients can typically return to most of their normal activities within a few days of dental implant placement, although they may need to make adjustments to their diet or activity levels for a longer period of time. More specific instructions will be provided at your appointment, as well as instructions for post-operative care of the implant site at home.

Dental Implant Restorations


Dental implants can be used in a variety of tooth loss scenarios. As such, they can be used to support different restorations, including single crowns, fixed dental bridges, and dentures. As with conventional appliances, implant-supported restorations can be custom-designed to match a patient’s biological teeth (in cases other than dentures) and have a lifelike appearance. The patient’s input is essential in this process, so be sure to tell your dentist exactly what you want. We want you to be as satisfied as possible with the appearance, comfort, and fit of your implant-supported appliance.

Advantages Of Dental Implants


Dental implants have a number of advantages in comparison to conventional prosthetics. Because they act like the roots of biological teeth, they are able to secure the jaw bone, which will gradually wear away when a patient is fitted with a standard fixed dental bridge or denture. That jawbone erosion can eventually cause the appliance to lose its fit, which does not happen with dental implants.


The connection between dental implants and the bone also makes implant-supported appliances more effective at chewing because they can tolerate stronger forces. Additionally, dental implants are more secure for denture wearers, and they don’t require healthy enamel to be sacrificed for crown placement, as a traditional fixed dental bridge does.

Common Dental Implant Questions

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder with which jaw bone tissue is able to form a strong bond. A dental implant functions as a pseudo root and can be used to secure any tooth replacement, from a single crown to a dental bridge to a denture.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

In order for patients to gain the maximum benefits from dental implants, they must be good candidates for the treatment. That means that they must have an adequate bone tissue at the implant site to support osseointegration. Patients who have already experienced a substantial bone loss may need to undergo a preliminary bone graft to improve the likelihood of dental implant success. Your provider will examine your jaw and take internal images to determine whether you can proceed with dental implant placement or if a bone graft is indicated in your case.

How do implants prevent bone loss?

The roots of your teeth don’t merely support the crown portion. They also anchor the jawbone in place. When they are absent and not replaced – as is the case with standard appliances – the jawbone wears away. Dental implants prevent that bone loss, which causes conventional dentures and fixed dental bridges to lose their fit over time, by functioning similarly to biological tooth roots. This is one of the main advantages of dental implants.

How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?

A single dental implant can be used to replace alone lost tooth, or two can be placed to secure a fixed dental bridge. Multiple dental implants can be used to support dentures. So, literally, any number of teeth can be replaced with dental implants as long as the patient has enough bone at the implant site.

How much do implants cost?

The cost of dental implants varies from patient to patient and reflects different factors, including the complexity of the case, as well as associated interventions that may need to be provided, such as bone grafting. After gathering information about your case at your consultation, your provider will be able to give you an estimate of your anticipated costs.



Dr. Higgins encourages his patients to be involved in their treatment in order to achieve the best results possible, and is always open to questions and is attentive to each patient’s needs.

Dr. Pichak Kelk

Dr. Kelk received her DDS degree from Tehran University in 1992. She received her fellowship degree in dental implants in 1996 and her specialty degree in periodontics in 1999 from Loma Linda University.


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Many people are dissatisfied with their natural smiles for any number of reasons, such as teeth that are chipped or discolored. Fortunately, patients can take advantage of cosmetic dentistry options to enhance their smiles and boost their self-confidence.


A crooked smile isn’t merely unsightly. It’s also inefficient in its function and may even cause discomfort for patients. We can correct your smile’s alignment and improve its appearance and function with an innovative treatment option known as Invisalign.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the only structurally complete tooth replacement available in dentistry today, and they are increasingly popular among patients as a result. This treatment method is convenient, effective, durable and aesthetically pleasing.

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