Dental Implants

What are 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

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 dental 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 dental 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.

Older man smiling after dental implants

“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

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Eichner, Dr. Smiga, Dr. Davies and Dr. Robertson are able to place single stage implants. These dental 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 dental 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. Eichner, Smiga, Davies and Robertson perform the actual dental implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the dental implant process.

Call us today at  Pittsburgh Oral Surgery Shadyside Phone Number 412-661-7690 with any questions about Dental Implants or to schedule an appointment with Pittsburgh Oral Surgery, PC.

Dental Implants Reviews

Pittsburgh Oral Surgery, PC

5 out of 5 stars based on 23 Dental Implants reviews.

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I don't like to spend hours at a doctor's office. For every appointment I had with Dr. Robertson, I never waited more than 5 minutes in the waiting room. That's amazing!

- Norton G

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Dr. Davies and her staff are the best. They are both professional and friendly. Nothing is ever too much for them. I will retiring soon and Dr. Davies made sure the implant procedure, as well as all post op appointments, were within my insurance time frame. Cassie assisted Dr. Davies for both my surgeries and works well with Dr. Davies. My comfort was their main concern. Although this was my second implant, Dr. Davies explained the procedure from start to finish. After the extraction, Cassie discussed followup care. They both spent as much time with me as needed. Never during both procedures, and they were a couple years apart, did I ever feel rushed.

- Robin E

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Dr. Davis is very professional as well down to earth. She really helped me to feel better about my situation. She is so kind, and always there to answer my concerns. I love her as my Oral Surgeon!! Will recommend her to all my friends.

- Priyanka

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I was a little nervous about having implant, but they listened my concerns and made sure to explain well about the procedure. It was short and I am glad that I had my implant procedure here.

- Sachi C

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Im very pleased with all aspects of this office, all employee's that I have encountered are very professional but also fun and friendly. The parking is great, very close to the office, free and plentiful. All equipment and tools seem to be almost new and in perfect working condition.

- Bryan F

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Everything went well with my dental implant surgery.

- Paul K

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The staff here are great. I was nervous as it was my first time getting a dental implant. Cassie was very kind and explained the process putting me at ease. Janet and Lisa make a good front office team and were also helpful. And thank you especially to Dr. Robertson who I highly recommend to anyone needing implants.

- Monica C

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Excellent work by Dr. Eric Smiga and his staff. Professional, courteous, top notch. Very satisfied with the results of the implant.

- Ted S

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All staff members are very patient and super friendly

- Bri S

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Dr. Davies did a great good on my dental implants and bone grafting.

- Micaelah S

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I have been a patient of Dr. Eichner for a number of years and have always found Dr. Eichner and his staff to be very courteous and caring about his patients. Unless Dr. Eichner is dealing with an emergency, I am seen within a few minutes of my scheduled appointment. Following oral surgery one of his staff follows up with a phone call to see how I am doing and/or if I am having any problems.

- Elaine W

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I have had a few procedures done by Dr Davies and all of them were excellent. She's quick and does what needs to be done the right way. I have referred her to other people I know and if I need to, will be back.

- Joseph C

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The service was great!

- Joyce Y

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I was extremely pleased with my overall care and the professionalism of the office. Thanks Dr. Davies for the great care.

- Marlane A

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I had an overall great experience with my visit. From receptionists to the Dr., everyone was kind, considerate, knowledgeable and respectful. The procedure wasn’t as scary as I expected and I’d do it again if I had another implant. Highly recommend the team and practice!

- Joseph C

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I have been a patient at Pittsburgh Oral Surgery for a number of year and for a number of implants. Without exception, my treatment, both as a patient and as a person, has been courteous, caring and professional. I have never experienced any discomfort during or following my numerous implants. The day after each procedure I have been called by the surgeon who is checking on my well being. I would recommend this practice, and especially, Sarah Davies, with

- Patricia E

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Everyone seems to care about me here

- Audra D

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I would highly recommend all of the doctors here at Pittsburgh Oral Surgery. I had a dental implant placed by Dr. Sarah Davies. I was very anxious going into this and one of the front staff employees (Amanda) came back and held my hand while getting the local anesthetic. Best care I’ve ever had; little to no pain at all while recovering.

- Cassandra T

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Everything was great

- JERRY K

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Doctor Davies and her staff are exceptional. Going to the dentist or oral surgeon is always an anxious and scary experience but the staff makes you feel comfortable. Doctor Sarah Davies is an amazing oral surgeon that cares abour her patients. I've had to see Dr. Davies several times and every experience has been the same.......EXCELLENT!!!! I highly recommend Dr. Davies to any one in need of oral surgery. You will not be disappointed!!!

- Diann K

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The one thing that stands out and makes Dr. Eichner different from the rest is that he actually phoned me himself the day after my surgery to make sure that I was well, to ask if I needed anything and to answer any questions that I had. He was genuinely kind and made me feel that he was committed to my well being and recovery. Such a rarity these days to have a surgeon actually contact you at home himself to follow up after a procedure. He was the perfect gentleman and expert surgeon

- Carol C

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Dr. Smiga is compassionate, kind and a clinical expert. I always feel very safe and confident in his care.

- Timothy H

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I had a wonderful experience at the Monroeville and Shadyside and Mt.Lebanon office, I was treated with respect and professionalism the entire 6 months of being treated there. Seemed to be a procedure something so frightening and painful , yet Dr. Smiga and his wonderful staff made it so painless for me. I have spread your name to my large Italian family to only go be treated by Dr. Smiga and his staff. I thank my relative and my Dentist Dr.Bucci for referring me to you. I had all of my restoration completed on my teeth on Saturday 7-23-2016 it has been so worth it . I have a priceless porcelain smile. WOW !!! Thank for all of your patience and always answering, my millions of question's!

- Gracey D

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