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.

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Surgical Advances

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. SanGiacomo is 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.  Dr. SanGiacomo 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 implant process.

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Very professional, friendly staff and Dr. S makes conversation that helped make the process calm. You get an instruction booklet for after the process that is very helpful.

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The staff is super nice and knowledgeable. The doctor is very efficient, the whole extraction took less than 30 minutes. I am very pleased with the service and the care I received.

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Difficult extraction was painless.

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Excellent Service and great care during procedure

- Todd C

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Excellent staff. Procedure was VERY fast and efficient.

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As one might expect I went into the implant process anxious about the amount of discomfort and pain that would be involved. This was from the drilling of the jawbone to the recuperation afterward. Now the following day I realize the anxiety was completely unfounded. Dr SanGiocomo's surgical process was efficient and completely without discomfort. He explained what he was going to do and it unfolded as he had felt it would. Returning home, once the novocaine wore off, I anticipated at least a few hours of discomfort mollified by doses of Ibuprofen. That negative anticipation was unwarranted as well. There was no post surgery discomfort at all. Seriously! By the end of the day I was ready to send Dr SanGiocomo and his assistants a box of chocolates, but I didn't want them to worry about cavities.

- Rick R

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Extraction was not as bad as I feared! Whole visit very efficient.

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A+ I don't much like going to the dentist, let alone for an extraction. This was amazing.

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My first tooth extraction in years turned out to be quick and easy! I'll return here if there's ever a need beyond my regular dentist!

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excellent and explanations.

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A very positive appointment from the office receptionist through the procedure to check out. Will definitely recommend Dr. SanGiacomo.

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It’s obvious that you and your entire staff treat your patients the same way you would like to be treated if you were the patient. Thank you.

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I could not be more satisfied. I needed two extractions but since it was my first experience I only scheduled for one. It went so smoothly with the doctor explaining everything I could expect. My confidence in the team was such that I went ahead and let them pull the second tooth. ( Which he did without hesitation ) My anxiety was fairly high and the team was very reassuring. Tooth extractions is not something I wish to do again, but if faced with need, I would definitely choose them. A huge thank you to the entre team. You made a very intimating experience much easier and you have definitely put the smile back on my face. Thank you. You rock!

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They did a very good job, I was very impressed. They got me in and out quickly, and they asked multiple times throughout my surgery if I was okay and how I was feeling.

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Fast, efficient, personable, and reasonable fees. What more do you need?!

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Had a broken tooth and they got me right in, staff was very friendly and professional. Doctor Sangiacomo is a fantastic Dentist.

- Steve R

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Dr. SanGiacomo and his aide, Stephanie, showed me the X-ray of the tooth to be extracted, and Dr. SanGiacomo described what to expect during the procedure, which went smoothly. By the time I was ready to leave, the office staff (I'm sorry - I don't remember the individuals' names) had already submitted the bill for the procedure to my insurance company (so that I did not need to do so), and they had already sent antibiotic and pain-relief prescriptions to my pharmacy. Speaking of pain - I experienced hardly any. Before going to sleep, I took an Ibuprofen as a precaution. I slept well. I appreciate the personable and professional work of Dr. SanGiacomo and his staff. Sincerely, John S.

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