Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.

Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.  A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.


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“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”

For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.

Surgical Advances

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Rethman is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.

Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist.  Dr. Rethman performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary.  The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

Kevin V. Rethman, DDS

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Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I have referred everybody I know needing these type of services to Dr. Rethman. When my son and his friend needed their wisdom teeth removed I sent them to Dr. Rethman. I have had 4 implants and extractions done by Dr. Rethman and I am so glad I found him. I’d give him 6 stars if I could.

- Gary Ohrn

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Everyone in the office was friendly and efficient. Dr. Rethman explained the procedure for tooth implant in detail and talked his way through the procedure so I knew what was happening at all times.

- ron D

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Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Even though Prescott is a long drive for me, other dental professionals recommended Dr. Rethman. I have not been disappointed. His staff is friendly and professional, as is the doctor. He explained the procedure thoroughly and then explained what was happening as we progressed. Dr. Rethman called to check on me that evening, more than meeting my expectations. I would highly recommend him to others.

- Chalyce M

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I think I neglected to do the overall rating for Dr. Rethman when I submitted my review. Am so sorry as that's a very important rating that I would not have meant to miss........please add that to my review I just submitted. thank you, pattie

- pattie h

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