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Robert A. Palmer Jr., DDS
Jake P. O'Brien, DDS
Creating Beautiful Smiles
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Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth, and they provide a fixed alternative to having removable partial or complete dentures.  Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances. Robert A. Palmer Jr., DDS & Jake P. O'Brien, DDS add the final restoration to these implants, which helps you regain a beautiful and functional smile.

Dental implants are artificial roots (posts) and teeth (restorations) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or periodontist.  The teeth Drs. Palmer and O'Brien attach to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!

Reasons for dental implants:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile.
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?

The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.

X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant.  While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself for up to six months. 

After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the implant.  Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete.  After a healing period, our dentists attach the artificial teeth to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.

You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed.  Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your new implant.

If you have questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.