Project Description

Phoenix Dental Implant Experts

What is a Dental Implant?

dental immplants phoenixA dental implant is a prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth. Natural teeth consist of the crown and the root. The crown is the visible section that is covered with white enamel. Supporting the crown is the tooth root which extends into the jawbone. The root is the part of the tooth that is effectively replaced by an implant.

There are commonly three parts to what is described as an implant – the implant device itself (which is inserted directly into the bone); the abutment – the piece that connects the implant device to the third part – the overlying crown or denture.

Today’s implants are predominantly made of titanium, a metal that is bio-compatible and offers strength and durability as well as a unique property of fusing directly to bone – the process known as osseointegration. Other materials, such as zirconium, might be used to make implants in the future. But for now, these materials have not been perfected for general use.

What is Osseointegration?

Dental implants work by a process known as osseointegration, which occurs when bone cells attach themselves directly to the titanium surface, essentially locking the implant into the jaw bone. This process was first discovered by a Swedish researcher, Per-Ingvar Br√•nemark, in the 1960’s. Placing dental implants into the jaw bones by controlled surgical procedures allow them to “osseointegrate.”

Osseointegrated implants can then be used to support prosthetic tooth replacements of various designs and functionality, replacing anything from a single missing tooth to a full arch (all teeth in the upper and lower jaw). These replacement teeth are usually made to match the natural enamel color of each patient which offers a completely natural appearance and a whole new smile.

Contact Us

PHOENIX

  • +602.266.1776

  • 5133 N. Central Ave.
    Suite 102
    Phoenix, AZ 85012

OFFICE HOURS

Monday8:00am -3:00pm
Tuesday-Thursday7:00am – 5:00pm
Friday7:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday7:00am – 1:00pm

TATUM POINT

  • +602.507.6155

  • 4747 E Bell Rd
    Suite E7
    Phoenix, AZ 85032

OFFICE HOURS

Monday – Firday8:00 – 4:00
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MEET OUR DOCTORS

Our multidisciplinary approach to dentistry provides multiple doctors, of varying fields of expertise, to all of our patients, under one roof.

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Joseph Santoro DDS
Joseph Santoro, D.D.S., a graduate of Colorado School of Dentistry, completed an internship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a fellowship in Oral Implantology at the University of Miami ‚ Jackson Memorial Hospital where his training included implant placement, bone grafting, sinus elevation, soft tissue techniques as well as all types of implant based restorations. Furthermore, Dr. Santoro studied Sedation and Anesthesia at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Patterson, New Jersey. As one of just a handful of fellowship trained implant surgeons in the country, Dr. Santoro has dedicated his career to the pursuit of excellence in implant surgery and bone regeneration.
Dr. Santoro is a regional and national designated lecturer for MIS Implants. He holds professional memberships with The American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and The Academy of Osseointegration and is an active volunteer at the CASS dental clinic
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OUR PATIENTS SAY

I feel very fortunate to have stumbled upon Dental on Central including Dr. Herro and his staff. After several not so good experiences I was somewhat discouraged with dentists. However since my first visit to Dental on Central I have felt very welcomed and have experienced nothing but professionalism and top notch dental care. I have been so impressed with Dr. Herro and his staff that I have referred many of my friends as well. In addition I actually look forward to my next visit!

Harris J.

I was a little embarrassed that I had not been to a dentist in quite a while but the staff made me feel very comfortable. Tammie, the dental hygienist, did an awesome job was very thorough and gentle. I will be going back for teeth whitening and look forward to regular visits. I also took my 6 year old daughter and they did a great job making her feel comfortable.

Jeffery F.

I’m been a patient for a couple years and won’t go anywhere else. Dr. Herro mannerism has changed the way I feel about going to the dentist. And…he’s great with kids! Kudos!

Brenda S.

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