Dental implants are small titanium or zirconia posts that are surgically implanted in the jaw to replace lost tooth roots and provide support for dental crowns, bridges, and full-arch dentures. Dr. Craig Miller has years of training in implant dentistry. He is a respected member of The American Academy of Implant Dentistry and a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. At the Miller Center, we can place and restore your implants all in one location, with no need for referrals. To learn more about how you can benefit from dental implants, contact our office today.
About Dental Implants
We offer both titanium and zirconia implants. Titanium is the most common variety, but zirconia may be a better choice for patients who have metal allergies or wish to avoid metal for other reasons. Dr. Miller typically recommends zirconia implants for patients who have thin gums or bone structure in the smile zone (parts of the oral structure that become visible when you smile) since titanium posts may create a gray hue at the gum line. We will work with you to determine which implant material is best for your case.
Implants provide a wealth of important benefits. Most noticeably, you will be able to use your implant-supported restorations to chew all the tough, sticky, and crunchy foods you love without worrying that they will slip out of place. Meanwhile, implants are the only solution that can halt the shrinkage of the jaw bone that occurs in the absence of tooth roots.
Our Dental Implant Services
As an experienced implantologist, Dr. Miller provides several treatment options. He can both place new implants and repair failed implants. Although he can replace them with traditional implants, Dr. Miller does not place mini-implants.
Dr. Miller can place an implant-supported crown to restore a single tooth or place multiple implants to support dental bridges or complete dentures. Dr. Miller can also secure dentures using the popular All-on-4® technique, in which four strategically placed dental implants per arch hold the patient’s dentures in place.
Dr. Miller will first conduct a thorough exam to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. This involves using our chairside 3D cone beam X-ray scanner to determine if your jaw has sufficient bone tissue to hold an implant. In the prolonged absence of tooth roots, the jaw begins to shrink, so if you have waited to address a missing tooth and have insufficient bone tissue, Dr. Miller can perform pre-operative bone grafting. This involves a separate surgery Dr. Miller must complete before proceeding with implant placement.
On the day of your placement procedure, you will undergo sedation to keep you calm and comfortable. Next, Dr. Miller will make an incision in the gums and create a small pilot hole in the jaw bone. Next, he will place your titanium or zirconia implant. Finally, the gums will be sutured to facilitate healing. Over the next three to six months, your bone will become fused to the implant.
Once this process is complete, you will undergo a second procedure in which Dr. Miller will make an incision in the gums, exposing the top of the implant. He will attach an abutment piece, which will connect the implant to your permanent restoration. Finally, he will suture the gums closed while leaving the abutment exposed above the gum-line. Once the gums have healed, he can take an impression of the implant and surrounding teeth to create your restoration.