Dental Implants 

With people living longer, it becomes even more important for them to take care of their teeth.  However, even with regular visits to the dentist and great oral hygiene that beautiful smile and complete use of teeth may not last forever. Losing teeth may be due to decay, disease, injury, or simply aging.

The great news for patients is that dental implants are available that can rejuvenate the smile, and return to the person normal dental function and oral health.

A dental implant is a synthetic tooth fixed to a post that has been securely fixed into the jawbone.  The dental implant is made to fit precisely and to replicate the look and color of the missing tooth.  The post is usually made of titanium, the same material commonly found in replacement hips and knees.  This metal has been proven over time to work well with human bone.  The synthetic tooth is fixed to the titanium post either permanently or in a way that allows the tooth to be removable.  Permanent attachment is usually recommended, since it feels more natural and stable.

The best candidate for a dental implant is someone with overall good oral health, sufficient bone in the jaw, and good, strong, gums.  It’s also highly recommended that the person does not smoke as this can interfere with the healing process and with general oral health

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Evaluation for Dental Implants

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 either Drs. Sarubin, Caruso-Apter, or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon referred by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.

Dental Implant Procedure

Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. 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 two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Drs. Sarubin, Caruso-Apter can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.

Dental Implant Maintenance

It’s important to keep your dental implant restored teeth clean and free of infection.  Dental implants can attract and accumulate plaque and tartar in the same way as any other teeth.  Talk to your dentist about caring for your newly restored teeth and professional cleaning schedule.

Meet Your Dentists

Dr. Amanda Brown
Dr. Amanda Brown
Carrying on her father’s tradition of excellence, Dr. Brown has accomplished extensive orthodontic education and training. She has also invested many hours of continuing education in laser dentistry. The laser improves accuracy of procedures while helping to eliminate pain and recovery time.

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Dr. Walter Collazo
Dr. Walter Collazo
Dr. Collazo’s areas of interest are adult complex restorations, esthetics, dental implants, facial pain and TMJ disorders. After years of advanced training and experience, Dr. Collazo discovered that each patient represents a unique set of conditions, desires and expectations that must be evaluated and understood.
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Dr. Kelly Lincoln
Dr. Kelly Lincoln
Dr. Lincoln takes pride in improving the form and function of her patients smiles. She genuinely cares not only about her patients oral health, but about their overall health as well. With a gentle approach, Dr. Lincoln strives to provide her patients with the highest standard of personalized dental care.
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We Take Our Time

When you enter our office, we serve you alone. We believe in providing our patients sufficient time for thorough and complete care in a one to one environment.

Patient Education

Education about patient’s level of oral health and the choices available to maintain or improve his/her dental health facilitates the ability to make free and informed decisions with regard to dental care.

Empowering the Patient

We believe in providing our patients the opportunity to select a level of treatment consistent with their needs, wants and desired level of health.

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After “dental hopping” for years, I have finally found the right fit! All of the staff members and docs are knowledgeable and friendly and scheduling is a piece of cake. Love this office!
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Love this office my first visit and bridge work done by Douglas Herbert in the 80s..and continued by daughter Amanda and her wonderful team!

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Dr. Brown and Dr. Collazo are both top-notch! I have had to see them both for different reasons. Dr. Collazo helped me back in 2008 with seeking treatment for my TMJ-related pain and did a wonderful job! Dr. Brown sees me and the rest of my family for our regular dental care. She does a fantastic job – truly taking time and getting to know our family. I don’t doubt she cares! Cannot recommend this practice enough!

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