A single tooth restored with an implant consists of an implant “body”, a crown, and an abutment that connects the crown to the implant. Each aspect of the implant is carefully designed and fabricated to the patient’s specific measurements. Our Newport News, VA dental implant team utilizes high-quality dental labs and digital technology for a precise fit and lasting results.
The Single Tooth Implant
- The Dental Crown
The dental crown is the piece of the implant system that looks like a natural tooth. The dental crown is custom designed and fabricated to blend in with your adjacent teeth for an aesthetic looking smile. Dr. Harper maintains professional relationships with both the individual ceramist creating the crown, as well as, the people in charge at the dental lab to ensure patients receive a properly fit, durable dental crown.
- The Abutment
There are many different versions of an abutment. There are screw-retained, cement-retained, stock, and custom abutments. In our Newport News dentist office, our dental implant team almost always provides custom abutments for optimal results. Custom abutments provide lasting results.
- The Dental Implant
The dental implant is a small screw structure made from biocompatible titanium. The implant post is surgically implanted into the jawbone in replacement of the missing root structure. The implant is designed to fuse with the jawbone helping to support the alignment of the bite.
In-House Dental Implant Services
Dr. Harper and Dr. Anderson coordinate together to ensure a seamless dental implant procedure. Our team provides full service, in-house dental implant treatment plans tailored to the specific needs of our patients. In most cases, patients enjoy the convenience of completing their implant treatment from the comfort of our Newport News, VA dentist office without the need for additional specialists.
How long does it take to get a dental implant?
The dental implant process will require 2-3 visits to our Newport News, VA dentist office. Dr. Harper and Dr. Anderson handle all aspects of the dental implant process under one roof. We help patients coordinate all phases of treatment for consistent and quality results.
How long will a dental implant last?
Dental implants require substantial healthy bone and gum tissue for long term success. With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist office, your dental implant could last a lifetime.
Will Dr. Harper and Dr. Anderson restore a misplaced, broken or damage dental implant placed by a different dentist?
Yes. Our dental implant team will help you fix an improperly placed or damaged dental implant. A common problem we see is the use of stock abutments. In our office, we see many stock abutments previously placed by other providers that eventually cause bone loss, implant failure, or the crowns to break. If the implant is stable, then we change the abutment to a custom abutment, remake an appropriate crown, and verify that all forces are evenly distributed. If not, we have to go a step further to remove the implant and determine if another can be placed correctly.
our dental implant team
Dr. William Harper
Dr. William Harper has been working with implants for 17 years and has experience with many different types of implant systems. He uses dental implants to help patients replace missing single teeth, both front and back teeth. He also uses implants to replace multiple missing teeth, including implant-supported bridges, implant-assisted dentures, implant-supported dentures, and “All on 4”, “All on Four”, and “Teeth in a Day” implant solutions. His extensive background in smile design, anterior porcelain veneers, crowns, and occlusion (bite forces, and properly spreading out bite forces) allows him to predictably reconstruct natural-looking smiles and chewing ability. He often is called upon to help rescue or correct previous implant problems. His practice is very much a “problem solving” type of practice, and while he does spend some of his time on typical fillings and simple crowns, he spends more time coming up with solutions to help patients keep their functional and esthetic health for rest of their life. Dr. Harper would prefer to find solutions early, rather than dealing with the problems created by “botched” treatments done haphazardly and without proper experience and training. Some of the problems that Dr. Harper has solved are shown below. (or HERE)
Dr. Harper, our restorative dentist, is a member of the Academy of Osseointegration which is the premier international association for professionals involved in implant dentistry. He is also a member of the Advanced Dental Implant Study Club (ADISC). The ADISC is led by Dr. Robert Faulkner, a renowned expert in the world of implant dentistry., Dr. Faulkner is the director of The Ohio Center for Osseointegration and Restorative Dentistry and co-authored the textbook “Fundamentals of Implant Prosthodontics”, which is the most widely used textbook in dental schools today. The select group includes surgeons, master dental technicians, and highly educated restorative dentists, such as Dr. Harper. They review and discuss challenging cases, new research, and new technology surrounding dental implants. In addition, Dr. Harper is a member of the Spear Faculty Club, a Sustaining Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and has earned his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Jennifer Anderson
Dr. Jennifer Anderson, our implant surgeon, is a Board Certified Diplomate of The American Board of Periodontology. She earned her Certificate in Periodontics from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, which is consistently regarded as one of the top programs in the country. She has focused a lot of her time on five different implant systems, guided implant surgeries (using digital technology to evaluate exact bone quality and quantity for best implant placement), and has gained valuable experience in bone and sinus augmentation procedures that are necessary for implant success.
She served as the Periodontics Head at Marine Corps Base Camp Kinser in Okinawa, Japan, and served as the Staff Periodontist at Naval Dental Center Sewell’s Point in Norfolk, Virginia. Like Dr. Harper, she is a member of the Academy of Osseointegration.