About Dental Implants


What are dental implants?

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant 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.

Dental Implant Illustration
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.

Surgical Advances in Dental Implants

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Drs. Lohr and Hollabaugh are able to place teeth the same day as implants. Same day teeth are an option for both single teeth and replacing all teeth in the mouth. Although these teeth cannot be used for chewing, they have the esthetic appearance of real teeth so you can get back to activities you enjoy without others noticing you had surgery. Once your healing is complete, the final teeth can be placed on your implants, never leaving you without a beautiful smile.

Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist.  Drs. Lohr or Hollabaugh perform the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary.  The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. 

“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.



Frequently Asked QUestions About Dental Implants


What can I use for teeth while the implants heal?

What are the potential problems after dental implant surgery?

How long will the implants last?


When are the replacement teeth attached to the implant?

How do I clean my new teeth?

Will one doctor do everything?

How much does dental implant treatment cost?


For further questions, please call our office or schedule a consultation appointment at (816) 598-8166.