Michael J. Karakourtis, D.D.S., Ltd.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dental Implants

Dr. Karakourtis has been surgically placing dental implants for over 35 years. He has extensive experience in bone and tissue grafting techniques, which at times is required to surgically place dental implants. Dr. Karakourtis utilizes the most current techniques in implant treatment placing. Cross-sectional and longitudinal tomographic CT images of the jaws can be taken. This is paramount for locating anatomical structures and determining width and height of bone before placing dental implants.

Over 100 million Americans are missing one or more of their natural teeth. Over 35 million are totally without teeth and are wearing dentures that do not fit properly.

Dental implants are tooth root substitutes that are surgically inserted in the jawbone to replace lost natural teeth. The implants provide a stable foundation on which replacement teeth are attached. Dental implants can replace one or more missing teeth. The number of implants you will need depends on whether you are replacing a single tooth, several teeth or all of your upper or lower teeth. The number of implants needed to replace all your upper or lower teeth will vary depending on the type of dental prosthesis. With a fixed prosthesis you will not be able to remove or take out the replacement teeth. With a removable prosthesis you can take the replacement teeth out of your mouth to make cleaning easier. Many people who are missing teeth feel embarrassed about the appearance of their mouth. Others are self-conscious about speaking or eating because their removal denture is ill fitting and may slip or be unstable during use.

Regular sized dental implants or Mini Dental Implants (which can be utilized in narrow or thin jaw ridges), can be used to replace missing teeth or stabilize and secure partial or full dentures.

Dental implants are the best replacement for missing natural teeth. With Dental Implants, missing teeth can be replaced, and removable dentures can be made more stable so they will function properly, and fit more comfortably. Dental implants restore your ability to bite, chew, speak, and smile with confidence.

To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, have a consultation with your general dentist or Dr. Karakourtis.