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Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

Daniel S. Lauer, DMDBoard Certified Periodontist

What Are Dental Implants?

With dental implants from Dr. Daniel Lauer, you can permanently replace missing teeth with results that look and feel natural. Dental implants are some of the most revolutionary advances in modern dentistry, eliminating many of the problems associated with other teeth replacement options, such as traditional dentures. A dental implant actually becomes part of your mouth, serving the same function as your natural tooth. This effective treatment option can ultimately improve the function of your teeth while enhancing the appearance of your smile.

Dr. Lauer is a specialist in Implantology and has completed years of advanced training in these procedures, giving him the enhanced skills and experience necessary to provide the best possible outcomes. He utilizes some of the most advanced dental implant technology available, including state-of-the-art Guided Implant Surgery and precise digital mapping to give you the most natural-fitting implant possible. Our dental implant procedures can help you achieve your goals with exceptional results.

Please contact our practice to schedule a dental implant consultation with Dr. Lauer. He will be happy to answer all of your questions.

“I Had An Excellent Experience Across The Board”

Craig, a patient of Dr. Lauer’s, recounts his positive experiences at Precision Periodontics over the past 8 years.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

With dental implants, you can replace missing teeth without the negative effects associated with other teeth replacement treatments. Implants offer a number of benefits and advantages for patients who have lost one or more natural teeth, including:

  • Permanent restoration of missing teeth
  • Results look and feel like natural teeth
  • Other than routine brushing and flossing, there is no daily maintenance necessary
  • No movement or slippage along the gums
  • Can prevent altered facial contours or a “sunken” appearance that is sometimes caused by missing teeth
  • No messy dental adhesives like those often required with traditional dentures
  • Improved ability to chew and speak
  • Improved appearance of your teeth
  • You can smile and laugh without feelings of self-consciousness


Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. They can also be helpful for patients who would like to add support and stability to traditional bridges and dentures. There are a number of dental implant options that can help you meet your individual needs.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

During your initial consultation with Dr. Lauer, he will talk with you about your goals and give you a comprehensive oral evaluation to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Candidates for this procedure typically include:

  • Patients with missing teeth who are looking for a permanent replacement for missing or severely damaged tooth, due to gum disease, injury, or another factor
  • Patients who have good jawbone density in order to accommodate the implant post as it begins to fuse with the bone, becoming a secure base for the artificial tooth
  • Patients who are not suffering from a disease or condition which may prevent an adequate healing process after implantation
  • Patients who are not currently undergoing radiation or chemotherapy treatment

For patients who may not completely meet the factors for candidacy listed above, there are alternatives to a full dental implant procedure which may be helpful, as well as treatments to potentially make them a good candidate, such as bone grafting and ridge augmentation. Dr. Lauer will go over all of your options at your initial consultation.

“Excellent” is my rating on Dr. Lauer for my implant procedure. From the first visit I felt comfortable with him and his wonderful staff, and I liked the fact that he has state-of-the-art equipment and super clean rooms. At the time of my procedure he was gentle and responsive to my needs, while performing his job with utmost efficiency. Good teamwork between him and surgical assistant. The procedure was pain-free and even afterwards I was pain-free the remainder of the day and night, and days following. Dr. Lauer possesses a genuine caring quality, even calling (personally) at the end of the day to check up on me. I was very impressed, as doctors don’t take the time for that these days. I would highly recommend Dr. Lauer for an implant procedure, and would not hesitate going to him for any other procedures he performs.”

–Connie J.

What Types of Dental Implant Procedures Are Available?

Dental implants can be customized to accommodate a variety of teeth replacement needs. Whether a patient is only missing one tooth or needs an entire arch replaced, Dr. Lauer is highly experienced in a number of dental implant techniques to provide the best possible outcome. Learn more below about the different types of dental implant procedures available.

Single Tooth Implants

Patients needing to replace a single missing tooth can receive an individual dental implant for an incredibly lifelike result. For this procedure, Dr. Lauer will place the titanium post into the space where the tooth root once was. As this gradually fuses to your bone over a few months, it becomes a solid foundation for the restoration. Once your implant is securely a part of your mouth, a permanent dental crown will be attached to the post by your general dentist for a natural-looking and -functioning tooth replacement.

Implant-Supported Bridges

Implant-supported bridges can be used to replace multiple missing teeth next to each other. This procedure often involves placing two dental implants into the jaw, which will support a bridge of at least three replacement teeth. With an implant bridge, every single tooth does not need to have its own implant, but the teeth replacement still achieves a secure foundation.

Implant-Supported Dentures

For those suffering from an entire arch of missing or severely damaged teeth, an implant-supported denture can provide life-changing results. A full mouth teeth replacement, often using the All-on-4® treatment concept, can replace one or both arches of teeth in a single day, restoring the form and function of a patient’s teeth without the inconveniences associated with removable dentures.

The Dental Implants Procedure

Once you are evaluated and Dr. Lauer has determined that you are a candidate for dental implants, he will use Guided Implant Surgery technology to ensure the most comfortable and natural-looking placement of the dental implant (or implants). Once the implant is ready to place, treatment will be given in the following stages:

Stage 1 – Implant Placement

Dental implants are durable titanium artificial tooth roots that are connected to the jawbone. Dr. Lauer will place the implant inside the gum in the area of the missing tooth, and it will be anchored to the bone. Over the next few months, the implant will fuse itself to the bone – actually becoming a part of your mouth, like a natural tooth. During this process, a temporary crown can sometimes be placed on top of the implant for greater comfort and aesthetic improvement.

Implant placement is typically performed with a local anesthetic applied to the treatment areas. You can also opt for one of our sedation dentistry techniques in order to feel as relaxed as possible during treatment.

Stage 2 – Crown Placement

Dr. Lauer will examine the progress of the implant during the fusion process to determine when it is properly fused to the jawbone. Once this has occurred, and the area around the implant has healed, you are ready to be fitted for a permanent dental crown from your general dentist. When your dental crown has been created, your dentist will attach it to the implant and the procedure will be complete.

The permanent crown is custom-made to provide you with the most functionally and aesthetically perfect fit possible. The result? A brand new tooth (or set of teeth) that looks and feels like natural teeth. In fact, you may not be able to tell the difference between the implants and your actual teeth!

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

When placed by a qualified professional and properly cared for by the patient, dental implants can last for decades, if not a lifetime. However, since restorations are more prone to wear and tear over the years, the artificial teeth may eventually need to be replaced.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

The average cost of dental implants is about $3,500-3,600, which includes the surgical placement of the implant post. To complete the entire dental implant process—from any preliminary work that is needed to placing the implant and final restoration—you can expect to pay about $3,500-5,000. More personalized details can be provided during your consultation, when Dr. Lauer has had the opportunity to perform an oral exam and begin planning the specifics of your procedure.

Learn more about what factors into dental implant cost.

Does Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Since insurance policies are typically designed to cover routine care, basic treatments, and emergencies, dental implants are often excluded as a covered benefit. However, the lowest-priced alternative to dental implants is often covered. Our staff can help patients navigate their insurance benefits to determine if their insurance provider will contribute to their total dental implants cost. In addition, to help make dental implants an affordable option for anyone, Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry offers dental financing options to divide the total cost into smaller, more manageable payments.

What Are the Alternatives to Dental Implants?

Dental implants are considered one of the best options for replacing missing teeth, but we understand they are not always a realistic option for everyone. Alternative solutions that may be more appropriate for some patients include traditional dentures and bridges. For those who are not good candidates for several dental implants, Dr. Lauer may recommend a multi-tooth prosthesis that is anchored to the jawbone by approximately four to six strategically placed implants, such as in the implant denture procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Lauer will go over all of your options to ensure you are able to make an informed decision about your choice of teeth replacement.

Why Should I Get a Single Tooth Implant vs. a Bridge?

A dental implant to replace a single missing tooth holds a number of advantages over options such as dental bridges. In addition to acting as a natural tooth, a dental implant will not affect the health and structure of surrounding teeth and gums, and it will not require the grinding down of adjacent teeth. A dental implant can also better preserve bone, and it ultimately becomes a permanent part of your mouth, just like a natural tooth. Dental implants decrease the potential for receding gums around the new tooth; they are easier to keep clean; and they are more aesthetically pleasing than other treatment options. For some patients, an implant-supported bridge may be recommended.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauer is proficient in caring for the structures that support the teeth, and he only offers patients the safest solutions for their needs—dental implants being one of them. In fact, the dental implants used today have been around for over 30 years. The technology is the best it has ever been and continues to advance. When the procedure is performed by an experienced professional, and candidates are carefully chosen, dental implants are considered a safe replacement for missing teeth. Since implant posts are typically composed of titanium, a biocompatible material, patients can look forward to long-lasting benefits from their dental implants.

Contact Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

If you have any questions about dental implants, such as the dental implant cost or which procedure is right for you, please contact Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lauer.

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