Replacing Missing Teeth

Your teeth affect your whole body. When they’re healthy, you’re healthier too. A missing tooth can affect your bite, speech and eating choices. As you rely more on your remaining teeth, you increase the chance they will wear out prematurely, or be damaged or lost. You may also experience headaches and/or jaw pain.

Who would want their appearance and health to deteriorate? That’s the natural consequence of missing teeth – the jaw literally melts away. Generally, people will lose 25% of their supporting jawbone structure within the first year after tooth loss. Dental implants are more easily placed when teeth are first extracted because bone replacement becomes more complex as time passes. The great news? Implants act just like your natural teeth. They safeguard and preserve your bone structure, oral health and appearance. Your dentist and the implant surgeon will provide you with options so that you can make the most informed decision concerning tooth replacement.

Tooth Replacement Options

You can select from a number of different options to replace your missing teeth – from temporary to long-lasting solutions.
A good candidate is anyone missing one or more teeth, or who is unhappy with their dentures. Age is not a factor. However, smoking, diseases such as diabetes, and radiation therapy to the area, have been shown to lower the success rate of implant placement. X-rays of your jaw will be taken to evaluate whether they will accommodate implants. Detailed x-rays may also be required to determine if other tests or procedures are needed to place implants properly.

Fixed Bridge

A fixed bridge is a connected set of replacement teeth. For support, it is cemented into position on top of the teeth adjacent to the empty space. The protective outer layer of these teeth is usually removed or ground down prior to attaching the bridge.

Flipper

A fragile, temporary and inexpensive solution is a removable plastic tooth with a plastic retainer, often called a “flipper”.

Metal Partial

A less fragile option is a removable partial denture cast in metal and plastic. It is held in place by wire clips. A removable partial denture can be removed and reinserted when required by the patient.

Denture

The most common solution, for people missing all teeth in one or both jaws are complete dentures. Some people adapt well to dentures. Others find them uncomfortable, even intolerable, because of differences in jaw size and shape.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most comfortable and permanent solution. They form a strong foundation for teeth and keep the jaw healthy and strong. Implants support individual replacement teeth or secure specialized dentures in place. Unlike bridges, no healthy teeth are damaged. Unlike most bridges, implants can last a lifetime. Implant-supported replacement teeth can be attractive, stable, and comfortable for almost any patient.

Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?

There are several reasons: A dental bridge can sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge the space of the missing tooth/teeth. In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.

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

What Are Dental Implants?

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

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Condrey is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six 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 implant surgeon and a restorative dentist. Dr. Condrey 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.

J. Gregory Condrey, DDS, MS, PA

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- NICOLE W

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Although I was hoping for a simpler solution to my problem, all went well at this office. Dr. Condrey was very good at explaining the options and the pros and cons. He extracted and prepared for an implant. I don't think this could have been easy but Dr. Condrey and the staff were very attentive to my needs.Pain was minimalized. The entire staff has some degree of medical training. This came in handy when I called with a question. I was able to get an answer and relax..

- Joanne F

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Wonderful periodontist office & most cordial staff ever. I am highly satisfied with Dr. Condrey's proficient and professional assistance in restoring my dental health.

- Robin P

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I’ve been to several Periodontists in the past and Dr Condrey is hands down the best. He is caring, works very hard to save your teeth (vs some who just want to extract and do implants) and is fast and efficient. There’s no pain, he is very gentle, and no question is a stupid question. I highly recommend Dr Condrey whether you need an implant or are fighting gum disease. He’s so good, I sent my husband to him for an implant. He was also very impressed with the efficiency and the lack of pain. Dr Condrey’s staff are really wonderful too!

- Deborah S

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My first dental implant with Dr. Condrey was in 2006. In the pursuing 17 years, there was never any issues with this implant. Most recently, I was in need of three additional implants, and I was happy that Dr. Condrey was available to do the procedures. It was a long process, as we did extractions and bone grafts. In the several visits that I had at his office, I never experienced any problems. Dr. Condrey is caring, and both he and his staff are attentive to your needs. I also appreciate the fact that I was promptly seen at my scheduled appointment time for each and every visit. I highly recommend Dr. Condrey and his staff.

- Linda W

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Great experience!

- Elizabeth I

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Dr. Condrey and staff have been amazing. He has such a gentle demeanor that put my anxiety at ease. The procedure was quick and painless! I also appreciated his personal check-in post-procedure. The staff members are always super professional and friendly. Top tier care!

- Erin P

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Doctor and staff very professional. Also courteous and cheerful. Made me very comfortable.

- Warren V

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As unpleasant as "surgery" sounds, Dr. Condrey made it as painless as possible. This place and the staff was amazing.

- Brandi C

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Staff very professional, friendly and helpful. Pre procedure information was very helpful and used many times as a reference later . The office is comfortable and quiet .I would recommend Dr . Condrey to family and friends

- Leah B

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Dr. Condrey comes highly recommended and he did not disappoint. He is incredibly professional and very pleasant, as is his staff. He took the time to explain, in detail, my periodontal issue, what likely caused it and what would be required to correct the problem. I am usually an anxious dental patient but Dr. Condrey put my mind at ease and I felt very comfortable moving forward with the procedure. My procedure was a success, relatively pain free, and I am healing well. I will need future periodontal work and I have every intention of going back to Dr. Condrey's office.

- Terri B

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I liked Dr. Condrey‘s demeanor. He was attentive and listened well and offered clear explanation of the procedure. The staff treated me with respect and made sure I knew what to do.

- Douglas E

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I came to Dr. Condrey for a "second opinion". Dr. Condrey and his office staff were very professional and willing to help, even if I was there only for a second opinion. I liked that he was not pressuring me to give him my treatment and he gave me his honest opinion, without "strings attached". I highly recommend his services as professional, honest, and wiling to help.

- Alicia V

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Dr, Condrey did an excellent job on my dental implant! I would use him again!

- Randal D

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From the welcoming staff as you enter the office to Dr Condrey’s ability to make sure your dental plan is very well explained and understood, one is assured of the excellence of care you will receive.

- Gloria W

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Dr. Condrey was very knowledgeable about dental implants and I felt that I was in the best place to get them.

- Randal D

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If I need any other periodontal work in the future I will be sure to use Dr. Comfrey again in a heart beat. To top it all off, the appointments were always on time and within the time scheduled to take place. Thank you and continued good luck with your practice!

- Thomas D

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Very smooth operation with no complication. Dr. Condrey was very understand and patient with my concerns. All my questions were answered and I felt very comfortable with the operation and the follow up by Dr. C and his staff. Everyone very friendly and very efficient.

- Mary C

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From the moment you walk into Dr. Condrey’s office, the receptionist is extremely warm and welcoming. Andrea is my hygienist and does an excellent cleaning on my teeth. Would highly recommend this practice.

- Robin A

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Although I was hoping for a simpler solution to my problem, all went well at this office. Dr. Condrey was very good at explaining the options and the pros and cons. He extracted and prepared for an implant. I don't think this could have been easy but Dr. Condrey and the staff were very attentive to my needs.Pain was minimalized. The entire staff has some degree of medical training. This came in handy when I called with a question. I was able to get an answer and relax..

- Joanne F

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Doctor and staff very professional. Also courteous and cheerful. Made me very comfortable.

- Warren V

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I liked Dr. Condrey‘s demeanor. He was attentive and listened well and offered clear explanation of the procedure. The staff treated me with respect and made sure I knew what to do.

- Douglas E

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Dr. Condrey and his staff are caring, pleasant and professional. I had a molar extracted in preparation for implant. I was informed by Dr. Condrey throughout the procedure and both he and his associate were concerned that my comfort was foremost. Best of all, no swelling and only two ibuprofen for very minimal discomfort!

- Michael L

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I had to do a periodontal tooth extraction and the Dr did a fantastic job, I felt I was in good hands. The staff in the office were professional and friendly to me. The team explained very well what was going on with the billing, as well as follow up dental care. Thanks to the Dr.

- Joseph E

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- Connie H

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This is my second set of procedures with Dr. Condrey. He is very competent and experienced. I feel I am in good hands for the various complicated procedures he is doing.

- Dolores S

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I was so dreading to have to go through this procedure (extraction and bone grafting) but Dr. Condrey and his staff were so compassionate and understanding that I left feeling so grateful that I was fortunate enough to be in his care. So caring, gentle and the procedure was pain-free. Thank you!

- Diana A

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Dr Condrey took time to thoroughly discuss treatment options and timeline for the specific chosen treatment. He answered all my questions and made me feel very comfortable. Thank you Dr. Condrey and your staff.

- Sumangala P

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My experience so far has been very positive. The staff was pleasingly pleasant and professional. I am looking forward to the rest of my visits.

- Adrienne N

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Dr. Condrey and his staff made my experience go as smooth as possible! They were all very kind, had smiles and a very friendly demeanor! They got me through my procedures safely, keep me calm and helped with whatever questions I had. With confidence, I would recommend them highly!

- Debby A

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Great Doctor, knowledgeable, explains all procedures in detail.......

- Don H

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I first saw Dr Condrey somewhere around 2009 for dental services and came away very impressed with the way my case was handled. I was disappointed when my regular dentist gave me the news that I again needed the services of a periodontist. When his first recommendation was Dr Condrey, my fears were removed because of my prior experience with him. His office staff and his assistants all share the same high level of customer care. This team works as a unit in every regard from answering the phone, to scheduling appointments to ultimately providing excellent care for the patient. Kudos to Dr Condrey and his team for setting the bar so high!

- Tom P

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I needed my gums to be check prior to having braces and my orthodontics referred me here. I was already getting gum treatment elsewhere but decided to see Dr. Condrey for ease of communicating dental report back to my ortho. My dental insurance is out of network but they took care of the processing of my reimbursement and got the check in no time. Location is easy to find without the hassle of looking for parking space. Clinic space is modest and clean from receiving area to the treatment room. Making telephone appointment is a breeze and calls are answered by courteous staff. All the staffs are pleasant and easy to communicate with. I feel that they are there for customer service and not just to do "the job". I had a total of 3 visits. On all my visits, I was seen on time. Apart from gum assessment and xrays, i have 2 teeth pulled out by Dr. Condrey. I was amazed that he was able to remove these without needing to make an incision on my gum (which i was told before from another clinic). It was little pain to almost no pain procedure. I appreciate the reminder/checklist that they gave me about what to do before and after the procedure with the list of suggested food to eat after the extraction. I didn't have to asked for dental report to give to my ortho, they did it for me. I'm glad that I made the right choice of getting treatment here. I will definitely come back in this clinic should the need arise. Great team!

- Michelle M

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