Dental Implants

One of an elite, specially trained group of cosmetic dentists to offer dental implants, Dr. Mark Rutley is pleased to provide his patients with one of the most exciting procedures available in cosmetic and implant dentistry today. Dr Rutley’s process is incredibly detail oriented and he is meticulous in his planning of implant placement. He works closely with the team that provides our 3-D scanning to virtually plan your surgery down to the last detail. Dr. Rutley plans every surgery based on the individual and not on a “one standard implant for everyone” method of practice. You are unique, and as such, your treatment should reflect what is best for you!

Implants: Strong, Safe & Secure

For individuals who wish to replace missing teeth, dental implants may be an effective long-term solution. Dental implants provide greater structural support and last longer than either dental bridges or dentures. Dental implants serve as the artificial root to which new teeth are bonded. They are constructed of titanium, a strong and safe material that effectively attaches to bone. The procedure to insert dental implants typically involve three steps: the implant insertion stage, osseointegration (the period of healing for the jawbone), and the attachment of the restoration (or crown).

In implant dentistry, the most popular form of dental implant is the root implant. This type of dental implant is very effective and mirrors the size and shape of a patient’s natural tooth. Many times, this implant will be as strong structurally as the original tooth’s root. Once the dentist applies the local anesthetic, he makes a laser incision in the gum in order to gain access to the jawbone. Because a dental laser is used rather than a scalpel, this results in no post operative pain, no bleeding and no need for stitches. The bone is then prepared, and the dental implant is inserted into the jawbone with care and precision. Finally, the dentist prescribes an antibiotic to prevent infection during the healing process. During the osseointegration step, which lasts anywhere from four to eight months, the jawbone firmly attaches itself to the dental implant. Once osseointegration is complete, the patient returns to the dental office, where x-rays and impressions will be taken so the dental implant may be fitted with a new porcelain crown.