Dental Implants

Dental implants are a wonderfully effective method for replacing missing or severely damaged teeth while preserving bone. Implants are a foundation for replacement teeth that function, look and feel like natural teeth.

A person with dental implants can eat almost anything and have confidence that the procedure will be a long-term success. In fact, when done by an a well-trained and experienced dentist, the procedure is highly successful, making it one of the safest procedures in dentistry and an excellent long-term solution for restoring a healthy mouth and smile.

Want to know more about dental implants? Here’s is a good overview of the dental implant procedure.

Training & Expertise

A member of The International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), Dr. Pickel is a highly trained dental implant surgeon who employs the most modern dental implant techniques, materials and care. Contact Us

Frequently Asked Questions

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Are you a good candidate for dental implants?
AIf you have lost or missing teeth, whether from birth, accident, decay or periodontal disease, you are likely a good candidate for implants. Implants are successful in patients from all ages. Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated 10-year success rates of over 95% for dental implants. It is important that you are in good health, however, as some conditions (cancer, radiation to the jaws, alcoholism, smoking, or uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease) may affect whether dental implants will fuse to your bone.

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What can I expect with the procedure and recovery time?
AGetting dental implants is really a four part process. First, we do a detailed assessment of your biology, bite and jaw structure to discover where and how the implants should be placed. This may include study models of your mouth and bite, x-rays, and a CT scans.

Second, we surgically place the implant into the jawbone. The bone heals and fuses around the titanium implant, a process that takes about 3-4 months.

After the implants have integrated, we take an impression and develop a model of your mouth for the lab to make your custom, permanent restorations. Three to four weeks later we place the custom abutment (the post that attaches to the implant) and the tooth or teeth (crowns).

The teeth and the abutments are carefully fabricated to match the color and shape of your other teeth, so they look and feel completely natural with excellent aesthetic results.

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Is it painful?
AThis is a very common question. The truth is, for most patients the procedure is not very painful (often less painful that getting a cavity filled). Usually we find the pain after the procedure can be easily managed with over-the-counter painkillers. We will also recommend simple strategies to help you with the healing process. If you think you might experience pain or anxiety about the procedure, we offer conscious sedation options to help make your visit more comfortable.