Dental Implants

Life’s simple pleasures can cause problems and pain for the millions of adults who suffer from permanent tooth loss.

Men and women of all ages are self conscious about their dentures, bridges, or missing teeth. Some have difficulty speaking because their dentures slip or click.

For others, the irritation and pain caused by dentures are constant reminders of the limitations they feel. Many are concerned about their appearance and may feel that their tooth loss has “aged them” before their time.

Some regularly decline invitations to social events because they are unwilling to face the uncertainties of eating, speaking, and laughing in public. Many can no longer enjoy their favorite foods, nor the social interaction with family and friends that accompanies special meals.

Now, more and more people are putting an end to these problems by choosing dental implants, a revolutionary way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants offer an excellent alternative to the limitations of conventional dentures, bridges, and missing teeth.

Dental implants are changing the way people live. With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life.



Dental implants are a great option for patients missing natural teeth because they act as a secure anchor for artificial replacement teeth and eliminate the instability associated with surface adhesives and removable bridges.

Your natural teeth absorb biting pressure of up to 540 lbs. per square inch. Long‑time denture‑wearers can often absorb no more than 50 lbs. per square inch. Dental implants, when properly placed, can withstand 450 lbs. per square inch of biting pressure.

Dental implants are made of materials that are compatible with human bone and tissue. The implants are surgically placed directly into or on top of the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implants, which protrude through the partially edentulous gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.


Based on patient needs, a single tooth, a partial bridge, or a full set of replacement teeth are fitted to the implants and lock in place over the abutment posts. In appearance and in function, implants are the closest thing to natural teeth and a good alternative to conventional dentures.

Implants eliminate the day‑to‑day frustrations and pain of ill‑fitting dentures. They allow people to enjoy a healthy and varied diet without the restrictions many denture‑wearers face. With a sense of renewed self‑confidence, many people rediscover the excitement of an active life.


A national survey of oral and maxillofacial surgeons found that patient interest and demand has grown significantly.

The survey found:

• Dental implant use has nearly tripled since 1986 and is expected to continue to rise rapidly

• People of all ages are turning to dental implants to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or a full set of dentures

• Leading reasons cited for choosing dental implants are:

‑ to restore normal eating and speaking abilities

‑ to enhance facial appearance and confidence

‑ to increase denture retention

According to the survey, the reasons for the increased demand are:

• Growing public awareness of the significant functional and aesthetic advantages of dental implants over conventional dentures and bridges

• The availability of data on the long‑term success of dental implants

Experts predict that the demand for the procedure will continue to grow as people become more familiar with the benefits of


The implant with a temporary healing post is placed
Healing time is about ten weeks
A temporary healing post is removed
The final abutment post is placed
The crown is attached
Partial or full removable dentures can be secured with implants,
allowing the palatal coverage to removed for greater comfort.

The office of David L. Sykes DMD, LLC is pleased to offer dental implants for patients who need to replace one or more missing teeth. Our oral surgeon is highly skilled in every step of the dental implant procedure, and you can rest assured knowing that he will give you the healthy, gorgeous smile you deserve.