Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made out of surgical-grade titanium. A natural-looking replacement tooth can then be attached to the implant. A single tooth, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth can be replaced using dental implants. While high-tech in nature, implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth.

  • Esthetic - they look and feel like your own teeth.
  • Tooth-saving - neighboring teeth do not need to be altered to support replacement teeth when implants are used.
  • Confidence - implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with confidence.
  • Reliable - as the science has progressed, the success rate of dental implants has become highly predictable.


How much do dental implants cost?
The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants will depend on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of implants required to support your replacement teeth. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. Typically, there is a fee for the surgical procedure and a separate fee to attach the posts and construct your replacement teeth. To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to have Dr. Donley examine your mouth. After a thorough diagnostic examination, he will recommend the treatment that is best for you and what your investment would be for the procedure.


Does it hurt?
Just as with any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Anesthesia is used to eliminate all discomfort at the time of the procedure. Most patients report that there is very little discomfort and that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they anticipated.



Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Anyone who is missing one or more of their teeth due to injury, disease or decay may be a candidate for dental implants. If one or a few teeth are missing, dental implants in conjunction with a crown or bridge can replace those teeth without loosing more bone. If all or most of your teeth are missing, the dental implants may be placed to replace a loose fitting full or partial denture. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant(s) along with healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease. Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits that dental implants offer. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you're healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you're probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate implant treatment. Your dentist will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and medical health history.