Dental Implants


Dental Implants are have become more common place in today’s society as patients become more aware of their uses and high success rates. Implants have several distinct uses. They can be used under a crown to restore a single tooth or several can be placed to restore an entire arch. The restorations placed on implants can be removable or fixed and are the foundation of a strong and stable restoration. The implant offers the patient the opportunity to regain normal function and aesthetics without compromise.


  • A successful implant will osseointegrate or will be surrounded by and become part of the existing bone.
  • A successful implant will support your teeth firmly and aesthetically.
  • A successful dental implant will be pain free and make talking or eating easier.
  • A successful dental implant will prevent progressive bone atrophy.
  • Implants have a proven scientific basis.

What To Expect During A Implant Procedure

As with natural teeth, there are two distinct parts to the implant restoration. A natural tooth has a root that is submerged in the bone and the crown of the tooth which is above the gumline. An implant has an implant body which is analogous to the root and an abutment which supports the restoration. A restoration can be either cemented, screwed or clipped to an abutment depending on the type of prosthesis desired by the patient.

As with all dental procedures, planning is essential. Prior to the surgical placement of the implant, study models and radiographs are taken to insure correct placement without damage to nerves, sinuses and blood vessels. The radiographs allow the doctor to measure the amount of available bone and place an implant of correct length. Once position and length have been determined, the implant is placed under local anesthetic. Most patients state that the placing of the implant is considerably more comfortable than an extraction. The implant is allowed to osseintergrate for a period exceeding eight weeks. After osseointegration is complete, an abutment is placed depending on the final prosthesis. The next step in the process is to attach an abutment to the tooth. This is achieved by exposing the top of the implant and placing the abutment. This is the part of the implant that will support the final crown.

Mini Implants

What Are Mini Dental Implants?

Mini dental implants are ultra-small diameter (l.8 millimeter width), biocompatible titanium alloy implant screws, conceived and designed over 20 years ago by a dentist, Victor I. Sendax, DDS. Dr. Sendax originally created the unique design of this unique dental product as a transitional device to help support fixed bridge replacements for lost teeth. His novel theory was that mini implants could function free standing by themselves or in combination with natural tooth supports and/or larger conventional type dental implants. This was a revolutionary concept in dental science.

Is the Mini Dental Implant FDA approved?

Yes. The FDA has found the product safe for public use and in fact stated its beneficial attributes. The FDA granted its formal consent to market the Mini Dental Implant device not only as a transitional or temporary dental product, but significantly, as a long-term item.

When can Mini Dental Implants be used?

When critically needed for support purposes, and where solid bony adaptation (integration) has clearly occurred, mini implants can function as long-term supporting structures rather than as short-term or medium term devices. In fact, some have been successfully functioning in patients’ jaws for several decades.

Why MDI’S over traditional Implants?

Mini Implants are most often used where there is a lack of bone. Many atrophic ridges are not sufficiently wide enough to accept traditional implants. The cost of Mini Dental Implants are about half the cost of traditional Implants and they can be placed under load immediately. Once again, planning is essential and the use of mini implants is not necessarily a replacement for standard implants. They have their limitations.

Call for a consultation to determine which implants are right for you.

Dental Implant FAQ’s

What are dental implants?

Simply stated, dental implants are titanium cylinders that are placed in the jaw and act very much like tooth roots. The implants provide the support for the replaced teeth and are the foundation for many different types of dental prosthesis.

Why should you consider dental implants?

Implants provide the patient with an excellent foundation to support both fixed and removable dental options. Implants can provide support for one tooth or a a group of teeth. They can also act as retention for dentures aiding in stability and comfort

What are some of the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants offer the next best option to your teeth. They look and feel like your natural teeth. They improve the appearance of your mouth and smile. With dental implants, you can once again enjoy foods that you otherwise avoided. Dental implants also reduce the bone atrophy and shrinkage that is common with lost teeth.

Who will place a dental implant in my mouth?

An experienced restorative dentist/implantologist can both place and restore implants. As with all complex dental procedures, planning is essential and the surgical placement of an implant should only occur after the final restoration has been assessed.

Is dental implant surgery painful?

No. Local anesthetic is used during the procedure to eliminate pain. After surgery, you may feel a bit sore for a day, but the pain and discomfort is minimal.