Missing teeth can affect your ability to eat, speak, and smile confidently. Dental implants offer a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth, providing both functional and aesthetic benefits. At Michael G. Sargent DDS, we specialize in dental implant procedures that restore your smile and improve your quality of life. In this blog post, we’ll provide a comprehensive guide to dental implants and what you can expect from the process.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that are surgically placed into the jawbone. Once the implant integrates with the bone, a crown is attached to the implant, creating a natural-looking and functional replacement for the missing tooth. Implants can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or support a full set of dentures.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  1. Durability: Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime with proper care.
  2. Natural Appearance: Implants look and feel like natural teeth, blending seamlessly with your existing teeth.
  3. Improved Function: Implants restore full chewing and speaking ability, enhancing your quality of life.
  4. Bone Health: Implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss and maintaining facial structure.
  5. Convenience: Unlike dentures, implants are permanently fixed in place, eliminating the need for adhesives and daily removal.

The Dental Implant Process

  1. Initial Consultation: Your journey begins with a consultation at Michael G. Sargent DDS. Our dentist will evaluate your oral health, take diagnostic images, and discuss your treatment options.
  2. Implant Placement: The next step is the surgical placement of the implant into the jawbone. This procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, ensuring your comfort.
  3. Healing and Osseointegration: After the implant is placed, a healing period of several months is required for the implant to integrate with the jawbone. During this time, a temporary crown may be placed.
  4. Abutment Placement: Once osseointegration is complete, an abutment is attached to the implant. The abutment acts as a connector between the implant and the crown.
  5. Crown Placement: The final step is the placement of the custom-made crown, which is designed to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth.

Aftercare and Maintenance

Proper aftercare is essential for the success of your dental implants. Here are some tips to ensure the longevity of your implants:

  1. Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Brush and floss regularly to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
  2. Regular Dental Check-Ups: Schedule regular check-ups at Michael G. Sargent DDS to monitor your implants and overall oral health.
  3. Avoid Hard Foods: Avoid chewing on hard foods or objects that can damage your implants.
  4. Quit Smoking: Smoking can interfere with the healing process and increase the risk of implant failure.


Dental implants offer a reliable and long-lasting solution for missing teeth, improving both function and aesthetics. At Michael G. Sargent DDS, we are dedicated to providing high-quality dental implant services to help you regain your confidence and enjoy a beautiful smile. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about the benefits of dental implants.