Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that Dr. Heaton places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or denture. Dental implants are an ideal option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more conservative than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.

Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth. You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don't feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own!

Under proper conditions, such as placement by Dr. Heaton and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for implants.

What Dental Implants Can Do?
  • Replace one or more teeth without affecting bordering teeth
  • Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.
  • Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable
Below are examples of before and after x-rays of implant placements.

                Example One            
 Examples 1 and 2 are of an implant that was placed to replace a molar tooth.

                 Example 3            

Example 3 and 4 are of a root canal tooth that broke at the gum line. The tooth was extracted with immediate implant placement.


Examples Five, Six and Seven is a three unit bridge, which has failed and needs to be removed. Bone graft was placed then after 8 weeks implants were placed. As you can see this patient went from three non-functional teeth to four totally functioning teeth.