Dental Implants Restore Missing Teeth and Oral Health
Virtually all oral health care providers consider dental implants to be the premier method of tooth replacement. These small metal screws (sometimes referred to as posts) are inserted directly into your jawbone. When your bone and gums have healed, they can support a lifelike restoration. Dr. Stephen K. Malone and Dr. Michael J. Costa, Jr. both have expertise and years of experience in partial or whole mouth rehabilitation using implant treatments.
We are proud to offer comprehensive implant services. We place implants, restore implants with prosthetic teeth, and prepare bone for implants in our office. Implant components and restorations are made by expert certified dental technicians in our own building. We have the technology to do 3D Cone Beam CT scans in-house for precise diagnosis, treatment planning, and 3D guided implant placement.
Because Doctors Malone and Costa collaborate on treatment planning, you have the benefit of two expert minds considering the best options for your oral health circumstances. Dr. Michael Costa is a skilled implant surgeon. In addition to placing implants, he performs bone grafting and sinus lift procedures for patients who need this to qualify for implant placement.
Placing an implant is easy using a local anesthetic, and recovery following placement is not difficult. Many patients elect to have conscious oral sedation and injectable EXPAREL®, a long-lasting anesthetic that minimizes the discomfort of gum tissue swelling for up to three days post-surgery. Many patients also elect to have Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) treatment to promote faster healing.
After an implant has been placed in the jawbone, there is a period of osseointegration during which time the bone grows snugly around the screw, anchoring it in place. With advanced Trabecular Metal™ implants from Zimmer Biomet®, the speed of osseointegration is increased. When bone attachment is completed, Dr. Malone or Dr. Costa will attach an abutment on the screw and a custom-crafted prosthetic tooth (implant crown) or multi-tooth prosthesis (implant fixed partial denture).
Best Dental Implant Options for You
For patients with all or most of their teeth missing on an arch, we recommend implant supported dentures. If you have a removable denture and are tired of it becoming dislodged and of the limitations it puts on your chewing and speaking function, then having your denture snap on a minimum number of implants will create remarkable stability and improved quality of life. Even edentulous patients, who have lost all their teeth on an arch, can have a hybrid overdenture fixed on as few as four implants. This treatment provides the most lifelike results.
We offer complimentary (no fee) initial and second opinion implant consultation appointments. In this appointment, you will learn about appropriate implant treatment for your individual oral health situation, and your questions will be answered. We will explain financing options available through CareCredit and LendingClub Patient Solutions. You may take time to make your decision, and you will not be under pressure to schedule treatment.
You will learn more about our dental implant services by reading the several implant articles on our website.
Dental Implant Process
Dental implants are titanium roots, that are replaced with in the jawbone to resemble a tooth or group of teeth. A screw is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the screw to become the new tooth or teeth. They can be used to support dental prosthesis including crowns, dentures, and bridges. Today’s treatments are so natural looking, no one will know you had surgery. There’s approximately a 95% success rate for all implants. With modern advances in dentistry, some implants can be restored immediately with life like all porcelain crowns. For more details ask your dentist.