Dental Implants

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

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. Kintz, Dr. Dingman and Dr. Bezak are 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.  Drs. Kintz, Dingman or Bezak performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary.  The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

Oral Surgery Associates

5 out of 5 stars based on 11 reviews.

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Very friendly staff. I had Dr. Bezak and he was very personable and kind. He did a fantastic job with the surgery. I would recommend OSA to anyone.

- Keara V

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Confident, that is how I feel about this procedure. Prepping for an implant, and I am sure that will be a breeze. I hope to not need OSA again, but if I do, I will be confident that I will be taken care of.

- Michael H

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Dr. Kintz is amazing! My daughter first saw him 10yrs ago for 2 extractions at the age of 6yr. old. Last week she had all 4 impacted wisdom teeth removed. He has the best bed side manner and is so friendly. He put us both at ease and did a wonderful job. She was in quite a bit of pain the next day due to the depth of her top wisdom teeth, and who called me back after leaving a message with the emergency staff...... none other than Dr. Kintz himself. He goes above and beyond and you feel it from the first meeting. He is exceptional!!!!

- Stephanie S

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

My father was the patient and was referred over to Dr.Kintz. I just wanted to let everyone at your office know what a great environment you have and how friendly everyone was. I also work in healthcare and unfortunately people hear more about the bad than the good. Huge thank you to everyone and especially Dr.Kintz for squeezing my father in to have the actual extractions done today.

- Ema C

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Dr. Kintz is the best! Very gentle, very patient, and super kind. I have had extractions and implants. I wouldn’t go to any other doctor.

- Noelle H

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Thank you to all of the staff at Oral Surgery Associates, you are all very informative, by answering any and all questions. You are understanding to the patient and their concerns and that life happens. I thank you all very much for everything. I will highly recommend you to anyone!

- Stephanie F

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

DR. KINTZ IS THE GREATEST. HE IS SO GENTLE AND HAS GREAT BESIDE MANNER.

- Tiffani J

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

My appointment was for a dental extraction, which was my initial preference versus undergoing root canal and crown procedures. But unbeknownst to me, the extraction was a high risk proposition due to my currently rather complex health condition. Yet, without objection or elaboration, two general dentists I had earlier consulted had independently asserted that the extraction was understandable and presently doable, but definitely should be performed by an oral surgeon. In later preparation for the extraction, however, Dr.Kintz immediately recognized certain risks associated with the extraction at this particular time, and after promptly conversing with the second dentist I had consulted, strongly advocated having a dental specialist (endodontist) perform an immediate root canal procedure as the best present action to be taken. He explained that doing the extraction now could possibly result in significant consequences that ought to be avoided if at all possible. I greatly appreciated Dr. Kintz's unhesitating professional and ethical assessment of this situation and the advice rendered in reversing my initial intentions. His recommendations were unequivocally endorsed and successfully performed the same day by a highly regarded dental specialist to whom I was referred.

- Ron N

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I would not think twice about having these guys help you out. They are great

- Wendy Y

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I was very impressed with the new office, since I have had appointments at the previous location in the past. The new building is so clean & modern! I love the décor and all the modern updates....it's very high tech. I have also been extremely happy with the care I have received from Dr. Dingman and his staff. The procedures relating to my extraction and implant were a bit anxiety inducing but I quickly found that there was no need to be anxious. Dr. Dingman made me feel very comfortable and I had little to no pain & no complications. My follow up appointments have been thorough, but at the same time, quick & easy. I appreciate all the staff at Oral Surgery Associates for all their help & care during my implant process & I love, love, LOVE the new office!

- Carrie W

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I was super impressed with the new office! So light & airy. The new building is so clean & modern!. I love that the reception area is very open now and there's no longer separation from the reception staff with the "government building type" glass window. The staff is very polite and I have always felt comfortable & well taken care of by the doctors & nurses. Having a tooth extracted and going through the implant process can be stressful. It was definitely made easier with the capable & polite staff and the great NEW facility.

- Carrie W

5 out of 5 stars on