Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium and ceramic materials that are completely compatible with body tissues. An implant is placed in the jaw to serve as a man-made root. Your natural bone fuses with the implant to create a rock solid connection that exceeds the strength of a natural tooth to bone connection. The implant(s) can then serve as support for a crown or denture. Over the 40+ years dental implants have been in use, they have proven to be extremely reliable and long lasting. Implants are free-standing; they do not depend on neighboring natural teeth for support. Implant restorations CANNOT get decay. Let me repeat that - DENTAL IMPLANTS CANNOT GET DECAY!! Dental implants are NOT like orthopedic implants (artificial hips and knees) in that patients say they are virtually pain-free during and after their placement.

There is a healing time of several weeks to several months between the placement of the implant(s) and the placement of the final restoration (crown, denture) over the implant(s). The complexity of the case, condition of the supporting bone, and type of restoration planned for the implant all influence how long the entire process may take.

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Speak with Dr. Mahlin to determine if you are a good candidate for a dental implant. The bone in the area where the implant is to be placed must be wide enough, tall enough and dense enough to support the implant. If you suffer from chronic problems, such as clenching and grinding your teeth, or systemic diseases, such as diabetes, the success rate for implants may be compromised. People who smoke or drink heavily have a lower success rate with implants.

Poor oral hygiene is a big reason why some implants fail. But poor oral hygiene is also the leading cause of natural tooth loss in adults. Keeping the teeth and implants clean, and the gums healthy, is a way to ensure your implants will serve you a long time.


Dental implants offer us options never before possible in tooth replacement. I have spoken with hundreds of implant patients who all say the same thing, "It was much easier than expected."

If you would be interested in discussing the suitability of implants as a tooth replacement option, Dr. Mahlin would be happy to meet with you.

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Everyone at the practice is super friendly, starting from the front desk to Dr. Mahlin. I normally get the first appointment in the morning and I have never had to wait. I have been going to them for probably 20 years and have never had an issue that isn't promptly resolved. Last time I had my crown done, Dr. Mahlin even gave me his mobile number in case of an issue. I'll definitely recommend them.

Sanjiv Bhatia

Dr. Mahlin and his staff are absolutely wonderful! His bedside manner is among the best, if not the best, when it comes to compassionate, patient-centered care. He even called me after I had a new crown placed just to see how I was doing. He's thoughtful, gentle (both as a person and as a dentist), and most importantly is excellent at dentistry! His staff couldn't be friendlier or more accomodating and I have never had a long wait in the waiting room. I would give him 10 stars if this rating scale allowed it!

Gregory Polites

Kim, my hygienist, is the best, she has a passion for insuring she does her best to ensure patient comfort and that I will leave with the cleanest teeth and gums as well as a plan for addressing potential issues! Dr. Mahlin is very professional in his final inspection and verification of any of Kim's findings while performing the cleaning. An added bonus that Dr. Mahlin provides is a follow up call in the evening to ensure that your experience that day for treatment has gone as expected and there aren't any abnormalities. Very Caring person!

John Helbing

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