Dental Implants

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Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.

Doctor Kwan has received extensive training in implantology. He has been successfully placing implants since 1988 and through continuing education, is abreast of the most current information on implant dentistry.

View surgical videos; note these videos show actual surgical procedures and not just before and after pictures.


If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by your doctor. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.

We will also discuss fees and insurance at this time. There are many types of insurance plans, and coverage for implants is varied. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.


Dental implants are metal anchors which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Small posts are then attached to the implant which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves just one surgical procedure. Most implants have to heal in the bone before placing the tooth on the implant. This takes anywhere between 2-3 months. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time.

In some cases when the implants are placed a second uncovering procedure is needed, however now in certain situations a temporary tooth can be placed on the implant the same day.

When the implant(s) are ready to be restored your general dentist will make impressions for lab fabrication of your tooth, teeth or prosthesis. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure can take as little as 3 months. If a tooth needs to be removed and the site prepared with bone grafting, that can add anywhere from 4-6 months to the total treatment time.

Dental Implant Case Studies



Failing bridge replaced by an implant supported bridge instead of a removable denture. One implant angled to use bone in front of maxillary sinus




Upper central incisor replaced with an implant supported crown




Failing root canal lower molar replaced with implant supported crown instead of a bridge

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