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.

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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 62 Dental Implants reviews.

Patient Review By Duane O

Great experience. Everyone has been very courteous and knowledgeable.

- Duane O

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Patient Review By John W

Excellent care. Very patient oriented. Good value

- John W

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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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Patient Review By Donna C

My experience has been excellent. The staff was kind, and considerate always. Dr. Serlo is the BEST. He is very professional. He explained the procedure in detail and made sure I understood the procedure. He phoned me several times before the surgery to confirm what this procedure would involve. After the surgery, he called me on that afternoon and twice the following day to see how I was doing. His concern for my welfare was so reassuring. Finally, due to Dr. Serlo's expertise, I Never had any pain with this surgery. I would Highly recommend him to anyone needing this type of procedure.

- Donna C

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Patient Review By John A

Very good experience. Everything was very friendly and professional. Thanks for taking care of my teeth.

- John A

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Patient Review By Linda A

The doctors and staff at OMSANC, with their high level of competence, sensitivity and kindness, made my series of appointments a pleasure. Dr. Sacco even calls your home the evening after surgery to ensure that you aren’t developing complications. I can’t say enough good things about this practice and I highly recommend them.

- Linda A

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Patient Review By Mike C

I am having a great experience with a dental implant. It was not a procedure I was looking forward to. But, Dr Ruvo and staff have been very professional and caring. They have made the process as easy as I can imagine. Hoping the implant result in 4 months is great.

- Mike C

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Patient Review By Barbara S

courteous and prompt

- Barbara S

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Patient Review By Crystal P

I have been very pleased with the level of care received and have recommended the practice to friends and coworkers.

- Crystal P

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Patient Review By Michelle A

Great stress free experience- Dr. Ruvo is exceptional.

- Michelle A

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Patient Review By John C

Terrific patient experience and outcomes, and very cost effective.

- John C

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Patient Review By Kellie G

Highly recommended!!

- Kellie G

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Patient Review By Carola H

I see Dr. Ruvo and he's great.

- Carola H

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Patient Review By Michael M

Considering that I needed an implant which required surgery, it was a very good and painless experience with a great Doctor and really good support staff.

- Michael M

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Patient Review By Gretchen S

Dr. Serlo is an outstanding oral surgeon. He is extremely skilled and very kind and compassionate. He previously completed one implant and I had excellent results. I am in the process of another implant and he worked me in the next day! due to my travel plans and unexpected problem with my tooth. He spent a great deal of time with me at each visit, answering my questions thoroughly. I never felt rushed or that my questions were too trivial. He makes a personal follow up phone call the night of your surgery. I really appreciated it! I would highly recommend Dr. Serlo and his practice to family and friends.

- Gretchen S

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Patient Review By Mary M

Dr. Ruvo is not only a highly knowledgable and skilled surgeon, but he genuinely cares about each patient and makes the whole experience as easy and and stressless as possible. The OMSA practice is professional and provides customer service above and beyond any medical practice I have ever experienced.

- Mary M

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Patient Review By James L

My procedures were done by Dr. Adam Serlo and his two assistants. The outcome has exceeded my expectations. My situation I don’t think would be classified as routine however every consideration was given and there were no complications whatsoever either during or after. True professionals each one of them and I can’t thank Dr. Serlo enough. Would highly recommend to anyone inquiring. Thanks for the attention. I’d like to add that others in the office (reception, scheduling) were first class also. Incredible follow up both before and after.

- James L

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Patient Review By John R

Excellent service in every way!

- John R

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