Dental Implants

Dental implants are a safe, long-lasting replacement for teeth that are damaged to the point of being unusable or are missing altogether. Dental implants are comprised of two different components: the implant body and the crown. The implant body is made of strong material, such as titanium, and is implanted directly into the jaw to serve as an artificial tooth root. This makes dental implants as strong as your natural teeth, meaning you can eat the foods you love without worry. The crown is attached to the implant body and shaped and colored to match your natural teeth for an organic-looking solution to complete your smile.

Types of Dental Implants

Dental implants are popular solutions amongst both oral surgeons and patients. There are several different types of dental implants, but all have the benefits of being secure, permanent, attractive and fully functional. Some different types of dental implants include:


Single-Tooth Replacements

Missing even one of your natural teeth can lead to problems with both aesthetics and other dental issues, such as tooth movement over time. Dental implants can replace a missing tooth and are virtually indistinguishable from your other natural teeth.


Implant-Supported Bridges

If you are missing multiple teeth in the same vicinity, a dental implant can support a prosthesis called a “bridge,” which contains multiple replacement teeth attached to one or two implant bodies. Implant-supported bridges do not require the healthy supporting teeth to be ground down to fit the prosthetic.


Immediate Implants

If you require an extraction, your oral surgeon may be able to place an implant in the extraction socket at the same time as when your tooth is removed. This is on a case-by-case basis and depends on how much bone is present prior to extraction.


Full-Arch Restoration

If you are missing most or all of your teeth due to trauma or advanced decay, a full-arch restoration can give you your smile back. This procedure is sometimes called “full-mouth dental implants” or “All-on-Four® implants” since an entire upper or lower arch of teeth are replaced using at least four dental implants for support.

Schedule Appointment Now

If you or your family member needs treatment, has questions about oral and maxillofacial care, or simply wants to know more about our services, contact us today to set up a consultation with our qualified and highly skilled surgeons!

Schedule An Appointment

Why Choose Dental Implants As the Preferred Tooth Restoration


Dental implants are among the best permanent solutions for missing or badly decayed teeth. Patients with implants can smile, speak and eat just as they would with their natural teeth without feeling insecure or worried.


Nobody wants to worry about unsightly gaps in their smile, and with dental implants, you never will! Properly fitted implants look and feel exactly like your natural teeth, and with proper maintenance and care, they can last for a lifetime.


Dental implants require more of a financial investment than other, less permanent options like removable dentures or bridges. However, the stability, appearance and lack of maintenance required have made them attractive to millions of patients looking to rebuild their smiles.


When you come to Great Basin Oral and Facial Surgery for treatment, Dr. Rozanski and Dr. Schlieder will design a treatment plan to restore your oral health, function and aesthetics.

Everything You Need To Know About Dental Implants

It is natural to have a few questions when considering treatment — especially surgical options. In this section, you can familiarize yourself with some common concerns we hear from our patients, and if you still have questions when you are done, do not hesitate to call us!

What To Expect During Your First Visit

Your first visit to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon usually consists of an oral exam, complete with X-rays and digital imaging. During this visit, your oral surgeon will explain your options for anesthesia and an estimated cost of your procedure based on the number and type of implants, anesthesia type, and any other procedures that may be necessary.

What Is Bone Grafting, and When Is It Required?

Occasionally, the portion of the jawbone located near missing teeth may atrophy and lack the necessary structure to support the placement of a dental implant. Bone grafting is a procedure that takes healthy bone from elsewhere in the body or from a cadaver and grafts it at the affected bone site. The grafted bone will then heal and fuse with the jawbone, allowing for a strong support structure for the implant post.

What Is a Socket Preservation Procedure?

Teeth often require removal when they are infected or damaged to the point where they cannot be repaired. When this happens, the associated decay or trauma can also affect the surrounding bone structure in the “socket” where the tooth was removed. The result can sometimes include jaw deformities like tissue collapse, where the cheek or gum may fall inward, creating a visible dent. The affected bone can also be too weak to support restorative dental procedures.

Socket preservation procedures take existing bone or a synthetic substitute to fill the socket and then use gum tissue or a growth-promoting protein to encourage the gums to grow around the new structure. The socket then heals, eliminating shrinkage and collapse while providing a stable support structure for any potential reconstructive work in the years to come.

What Is Ridge Augmentation?

The alveolar ridge is the bone surrounding the roots of the teeth. When a tooth is removed, the socket usually naturally fills itself in with bone and gum tissue. Occasionally, however, the resulting socket creates a recess in the ridge. Ridge augmentation is a procedure to rebuild the natural curvature of this bone. It can be done for aesthetic reasons or to rebuild the bone mass needed to support a dental implant.

How Is Ridge Augmentation Accomplished?

Ridge augmentation is typically performed by securing bone graft material at the site of bone loss and encouraging healing by suturing the gums over the exposed graft. A space-maintaining product may be used to regulate the height and width of space created. After the socket has healed, it can be prepared for dental implant placement.

What Is a Sinus Lift, and When Is It Required?

Your maxillary sinuses are air-filled spaces behind your cheeks and above your upper teeth. There is often just a thin wall of bone separating the roof of your mouth and this sinus space. The success of a dental implant often depends on the amount and quality of the bone that can support a dental implant post, meaning that it may not be possible to place an implant to replace a missing upper tooth. A sinus lift is a type of bone grafting procedure that seeks to grow more healthy bone in the space between your sinus and your mouth to accommodate an implant.

Am I a Candidate for a Sinus Lift Procedure?

Only your oral and maxillofacial surgeon can tell you if treatment is needed, but a sinus lift can be effective for patients who:

  • Are missing multiple upper molars.
  • Lack robust bone mass in the back of their jaw.
  • Have lost multiple teeth due to congenital birth defects or disease.
  • Require supporting structures in the upper jaw to support dental implants.

How Is a Sinus Lift Accomplished?

A sinus lift is most often performed by making a small incision in the gum and bone near the molar region of the top of your jaw and inserting bone graft material — this usually comes from your own body or a cadaver, or it is a synthetic material. The membrane lining the sinus is pushed upward to accommodate the new graft (hence the name of the procedure), and the incision is then closed with sutures. After a few months, the grafted material is usually fused with the existing bone, creating a strong enough structure to support a dental implant.


Anesthesia is a crucial part of modern surgery, and Great Basin Oral and Facial Surgery offers a complete spectrum of choices to best suit your unique physiology and preferred comfort level.

Learn More

Schedule Appointment

Contact us at Great Basin Oral and Facial Surgery to set up a consultation with our experienced and highly skilled surgeons!