Precision Dental Implant Placements

Replacing Missing Teeth With Tooth Implants in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Sanford NC

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation

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.

Offering Dental Implant Placement at Our Offices in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Sanford NC

At OMSA, our Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons & Staff are dedicated to providing excellence in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Care for our patients. Call us Today!
Chapel Hill NC
Chapel Hill Office Phone Number 919-929-2196
Durham NC
Durham Office Phone Number 919-479-0707
Sanford NC
Sanford Office Phone Number 919-775-1615
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Our office hours are Monday through Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, and Fridays 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM on all three locations.
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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 in Dental Implants

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Sacco, Dr. Vandersea, Dr. Ruvo and Dr. Serlo are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of ten 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. Sacco, Dr. Vandersea, Dr. Ruvo or Dr. Serlo 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.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates

5 out of 5 stars based on 57 Dental Implants reviews.

Patient Review By John L

Great oral surgeon, and a very fine practice overall, very professional, also very courteous

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Patient Review By John C

Terrific practice all around!

- John C

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Patient Review By Laura W

Very professional

- Laura W

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Patient Review By Dee A

Everyone is so professional, knowledgeable and friendly. Great office!

- Dee A

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Patient Review By Robert B

I was referred to Dr. Serlo by my primary dentist, Jim Eaker, for implants. The first is now in with two to go and the OMSA staff has made this a painless process throughout. Definitely recommend Dr. Serlo and his team if you're looking for Implants in the Triangle.

- Robert B

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Patient Review By Margardt A

I have always received wonderful care at OMSANC. Dr. Serlo is smart, skilled and kind and he explains things clearly. The staff are always very kind and helpful.

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Patient Review By Anna S

In my many years here, I have felt well cared for. With such a complicated case, the care and compassion of the staff have made this journey easier to bare. Many thanks!

- Anna S

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Patient Review By Joan P

No pain because of Dr.Sacco and the staff was very comforting prior to the surgery. Easily accessible when I needed to come in for appointments.

- Joan P

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Patient Review By Blaine S

Dr Sacco is an exceptional oral surgeon. Her professional expertise is matched by the excellence of patient care and concern. I would highly recommend her to any prospective patient.

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Patient Review By Bonnie A

Unexpectedly good pain and little anxiety.

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Patient Review By Carolyn K

Dr. Ruvo and the whole staff here are consumers professionals and lovely people. Thank you for your help with this procedure.

- Carolyn K

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Patient Review By Phyllis D

Very pleased my dentist recommended this practice.

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Patient Review By Bonnie F

When professionalism and efficiency meet talent and friendliness you have a description of the work of Dr. Ruvo and his entire staff. Thanks so much for a great dental experience!

- Bonnie F

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Patient Review By Joan W

A very nice practice. They all work together to make you feel comfortable and well cared for. I received excellent care.

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Patient Review By Duane O

Great experience. Everyone has been very courteous and knowledgeable.

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Patient Review By John W

Excellent care. Very patient oriented. Good value

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Patient Review By Susan N

I would only go here for any additional needs. I had the best experience and now have a healthy mouth. I never experienced any pain a much attention was given to my comfort

- Susan N

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Patient Review By Deborah C

Come to Dr. Ruvo for any need surgically and implants

- Deborah C

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Patient Review By Leslie V

Dr. Vandersea 's kindness and reassuring manner make coming for somewhat scary procedures much less scary. All the staff have always been polite, helpful and kind as well. Who would think I could actually enjoy going to the oral surgeon?

- Leslie V

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