Dental Implants

Lehigh Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery only uses the Nobel Biocare brand dental implants.  These implants have the highest quality control and are the most researched dental implants, with the best long term clinical success.   

Please beware of the many “knock off” brand dental implants in the market today!!!

What are Dental Implants?

The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts, which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal posts act as a tooth root substitute. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small caps are then attached to the implant, which extend above the gums. These caps provide stable supports for artificial replacement teeth (crowns).

Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone loss that occurs when teeth are missing.

Why dental implants?

Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve you life. When you lose several teeth whether its a new situation or something you have lived with for years chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.

Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.

A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than thirty-five years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss. 

The Dental Implant Surgical Procedure

Drs. Dimmich, Bender and Johri have gone through several years of rigorous surgical training and are experts in dental implant placement.  For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one surgical procedure. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For approximately 3 months following surgery, the implants are gradually bonding with the jawbone.  Once our surgeons feel that the implant is thoroughly healed, he will then allow you to begin the restorative phase of the implant process. You will then visit your Dentist, who will then take impressions to have a your crown made for the implant.

The Implant Process

Implants are a expertly coordinated team effort between an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, the implant treatment coordinator, and a Restorative Dentist. Our surgeons perform the actual implant surgery, and initial tooth extractions and bone grafting if necessary.  The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis (crown). Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process until your final crown can be made. The implant treatment coordinator will help guide you through all of the steps, both in our office and with your dentist. The entire process from extraction of the tooth to the placement of the final crown is approximately 5-6 months. Other factors, such as persons ability to heal and the requirement of other bone grafting or gum grafting procedures can extend the timeline.