Dental Implants: A Better Way to Replace Teeth

Why are dental implants important?

Missing a tooth isn’t just bad for your looks; it can be bad for your health as well! Healthy teeth play an important role in the body from head to toe. When you are missing one, your jawbone deteriorates, your self-esteem suffers and so does your diet, which negatively affects the health of your entire body. Dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth and are widely recognized as the best replacement method.

The Miracle of Osseointegration (How Dental Implants Work)

Our bodies are truly amazing – their ability to coexist with a variety of native and foreign materials means that our treatment options, as oral surgeons, are constantly expanding. “Osseointegration” refers to the fusing of bone with an artificial material. Its origins date back to the 1940s and 50s, when Swedish physician Per-Ingvar Branemark discovered that titanium fuses so well with bone that it is nearly impossible to remove! Since then, the biocompatibility of titanium has proven itself to be amazingly reliable over and over again.

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.

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are made of titanium. A completed implant includes three pieces: the implant itself (a titanium screw that is placed in the jawbone), the abutment (a connector between the implant and crown) and the crown (the part that is visible and looks like a tooth). Drs. Jones, D.D.S., Brady D.M.D., Singer, D.D.S., Going Jr. D.D.S., Gray, D,M.D., M.D., King, D.D.S., Lewis III, D.M.D., Pollack, D.D.S., Hall, D.D.S., M.D. or Winston will place the implant and the abutment, and the crown will be completed by your general dentist.

Time is of the Essence

You may be surprised to hear that your jawbone is a lot like a muscle, in that it must be stimulated regularly in order to maintain its volume. Therefore, when a tooth is extracted (or falls out naturally), the jawbone begins to deteriorate almost immediately. In fact, studies show that within a year of tooth loss, there is a 25% decrease in bone width. Thankfully, dental implants can take the place of natural teeth to provide the stimulus needed by the jaw. If done early, this greatly reduces the need for bone grafting down the road.

A depiction of the upper jaw with all normal teeth
1. Normal
An example of the upper jaw missing a tooth with the jaw bone unhealed
2. Tooth Loss
An representation of a healed upper jaw bone after loosing a tooth
3. Healed Bone
An digital representation of the initial dental implant placed in the jaw bone
4. Implant Placed
A representation of the healed jaw bone after placement of the dental implant
5. Healing
An example of a fully restored tooth using a dental implant
6. Implant Restored

How much do dental implants cost?

While the upfront cost is often more than that of alternatives such as bridges and dentures, dental implants outlast those approaches by several decades. This increased longevity makes implants the more affordable choice in the long run. For further information, visit our dental implants cost page.

Dental Implants: The Process

  1. Consultation and Treatment Plan: During the initial phase of the dental implant process, imaging is gathered along with your medical and dental histories to give us a clear picture of your current health. We will then explore your treatment options with you to formulate a plan that ensures that both your health goals and budgetary needs are met.
  2. Extraction: The next step is to have the tooth in question extracted. In some cases, we may be able to place the implant at the same time of extraction. In others, bone grafting will be required prior to implant placement (see next step).
  3. Bone Grafting: It is fairly common for the jawbone to lack the mass needed to accept an implant. In this case, a bone graft will be performed first to strengthen the target area. Bone grafting is typically followed by several months of healing before the implant can be placed.
  4. Dental Implant Surgery: During the implant procedure itself, a titanium screw is inserted into your jawbone. You will be anesthetized for comfort during the surgery, which takes about 1-2 hours.
  5. Osseointegration: After placing the implant, we cover it with the surrounding soft tissue and let it sit for 3 months in order to fuse with the bone.
  6. Final Restoration: After osseointegration is complete, an abutment is placed on the implant to connect with the final crown restoration. Typically, the final restoration is done by a general dentist.

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

For more information, please visit our dental implant FAQs page.

At Oral Surgery Associates & Dental Implant Centers, we are proud to offer a safe, comfortable and affordable dental implant experience to our patients with the help of cutting-edge technology and utilization of the latest techniques. Call us at to get started on your journey – we are here with the support, guidance, and expertise you deserve.

Oral Surgery Associates & Dental Implant Centers

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Dr. Singer is absolutely WONDERFUL. I had a front tooth extracted and an implant placed. After the surgery, I had very little pain. I only took advil for one day. Once everything was healed, Dr. Singer placed a crown on my FRONT tooth which is perfect. Procedure begin in March ended in September and no one noticed. Ofiice staff was very friendly; however Margie was Great. Thanks everyone. As you know, I was very nervous. You guys took very good care of me. I left the office with a beautiful smile. Again, Thank you!

- R C

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We fly from St. Louis to Atlanta! He's that good!! My husband is terrified of the dentist, but when he came back from his first appointment with Dr. Going, he couldn't stop talking about him! Dr. Going is so kind, funny, and deeply cares about his patients. He takes the time to explain what happened during surgery and what to expect after surgery with just enough detail. He also calls a couple times to check on us and answer any questions. His staff is great too, Pam especially! She is quick to respond and easy to contact! It's always a pleasure to see Dr. Going and his team!! Thank you for helping my husband get his smile back!!!

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If it got any better I couldn't stand it!

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The entire implant process was thoroughly explained. The insurance representative not only answered any questions I had with billing but also addressed my other concerns prior to surgery. Yes this was my first implant. Highly recommend and with the number of offices very convenient to find a local office.

- Salvatore F

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The office staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Dr Hall is just the best and made me feel really comfortable about my up coming surgery. And a big plus....she likes dogs. And yes I will not forget the pickles.

- Woody B

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When I came into have my surgery done everyone was so nice and caring, I was nervous and Jerry was very imformative about what was getting ready to happen, they took good care of me and I felt they all truly cared about my well being! I have been back in for removal of a drain tube and everyone came to see how I was improving. I have been to doctors offices before but this has been the best experience in a drs office I have ever experienced. When you are hurting and nervous about what your going through it means so much to find a group of professionals that treat you like family! Thanks so much to the staff here.

- debbie m

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Very friendly office and staff.

- DeeDee p

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I had no complications. The support staff was fantastic! Dr. Brady was awesome! Thanks to Dr. Pafford for referring me.

- Pamela C

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Very satisfied with the procedures. The work was efficient and as pleasurable as possible. No problems.

- James S

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Considering all I have had done the staff has been wonderful and Dr. Going has been great. I would definitely re recommend this group. dt

- Dickie T

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Great service

- Melissa C

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Extremely professional, knowledgeable and competent staff. Dr. Goins has taken excellent care of me. I have had 3 implants with excellent results.

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