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We are the only practice in Garrett County who can place and restore dental implants in-office. Plus, Dr. Yant has over 20 years of experience in placing and restoring implants for expertise you can trust.

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a small titanium or zirconia post surgically placed into the jawbone to act as a tooth root substitute. The dental implant will fuse to your jawbone, making the implant stable and secure, as if nature had placed it there. We choose to use Straumann implants for reliability, security, and precision. Press the button below to watch a small video about Straumann implants.

Next, we place an abutment or connector to the top of the dental implant.  The abutment then holds the new replacement tooth or teeth. An abutment acts like an anchor, securely holding single crowns, bridges, or implant-retained dentures.

Why Should I Consider Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a great solution for anyone who is missing one or even all of their teeth. They can replace teeth without having any effect on or causing damage to the surrounding teeth. They can also:

  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable
  • Restore your confidence and peace of mind
  • Allow you to eat whatever you like
  • Improve chewing ability and therefore, digestion
  • Preserve facial structure, preventing bone loss when teeth are missing
  • Resolve jaw pain and keep teeth from shifting

What is the Dental Implant Process?

Step One: We will take a Planmeca Ultra low dose CBCT (dental cat scan) to evaluate the your bone in 3-D.

Step Two: Using the information from the CBCT and the X-Guide system, Dr. Yant will plan your surgery ahead of time to insure accuracy of placement. We can use these images to “guide” the implant placement during surgery. This is called “Image Guided Surgery”. Image guided surgery allows us to be more accurate and make smaller incisions. Smaller incisions mean less pain after surgery.

Step Three: The implant is surgically placed with our X-GUIDE system, often with minimal or no incision.

Step Four: After 6 weeks to 3 months when heeling and bone development around the implant is complete, we are able to fabricate your new teeth. One of the advantages of using the Straumann Implant is faster healing with reliability, security, and precision.


Implant Supported Dental Prostheses

Single Crown – used to replace one missing tooth – each tooth attaches to its own implant allowing you to clean and floss the tooth just as you natural teeth.

Dental Bridge – can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. Just as a bridge supported by natural teeth, you will need to clean between the dental implant supports with floss threaders or a water flosser.

Complete Dental Fixed Bridge – permanently replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw.

Removable Denture –  attaches to snaps that are placed on the implant and in the denture, allowing for the denture to be retained with no, or minimal, adhesives and often can eliminate the denture plastic on the roof of your mouth.

Bone Grafting and Growth Factors

Have you been told you can’t have implants or implant-retained dentures because you don’t have enough bone mass to support them? We can help. Our bone grafting techniques include sinus lifts and ridge expansion. We also offer Endoret (prgf), an innovative bone regeneration technique. It is completely natural and made up of your own cells, so there are no compatibility issues or questions about purity. Sometimes we may need to supplement the Endoret (prgf) with bone from a tissue bank or synthetic bone substitutes to enhance the grafting procedures. With more complicated cases, a special membrane (barrier) may be utilized under the gum to protect the bone graft.

Guided Implant Surgery

By relying on cutting-edge technology, we are able to offer patients more precise, comfortable placement of dental implants that takes less time.

We evaluate every bone grafting site and place every implant with the help of our Planmeca CBCT Scanner. The Planmeca dental cat scan system ( CBCT) is used at the Ultra Low Dose setting.  We are able to reduce the radiation exposure by 77%.

We are proud to be an early adopter of the X-Guide system. This revolutionary and dynamic navigation system extends the capabilities of our Planmeca CBCT for simplified and more accurate implant placements. This allows Dr. Yant to transfer your 3D treatment plan for consistent precision and control during your implant placement.

How it works:

  • We begin by simply placing a tracking array and acquire a CBCT scan.
  • Dr. Yant then plans your implant for both optimal surgical and restorative outcomes.
  • During your surgical procedure, the tracking array is replaced in the mouth and implant placement is completed with dynamic guidance for exceptional results.

Our office understands that success is achieved by planning and executing the best plan for the patient each and every time. The X-Guide removes the guess.

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