Dental Implants

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.

A smiling elderly man

“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.

Surgical Advances in Dental Implants

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Vakkas 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. Vakkas 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.

Yorktown Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

5 out of 5 stars based on 8 Dental Implant reviews.

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Excellent doctor and staff. Calm and professional demeanor. I have been in very good hands.

- Anonymous

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Doctor and staff were quite amazing

- Joseph giordano

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Professional, clean, happy with service

- Maryann A

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Highly recommend this practice

- John D

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Great experience

- Gerarda R

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Exceptional Office from front end to the surgical team. Doctor V. is one of the best Dentists I have ever had. I would, and do highly recommend him. My son just had wisdom teeth removed and also felt he is one of the best dentists for Oral Surgery around. Colleen

- Colleen R

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Courteous and professional. No complications.

- Peter H

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Dr V is a great surgeon. Love his staff. I would recommend him highly.

- Claire N

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