Dental Implants - John W. DOVGAN - Phoenix, AZ 85032

Dental Implants

Tooth loss can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, significantly impacting your daily life. It can also affect your oral health.

Dr. John Dovgan places dental implants to provide the ultimate support for restorations, allowing you to chew and speak normally.

Should you secure your restoration with dental implants at our Phoenix, AZ, office?

The Gold Standard

for Tooth Replacement


With proper at-home maintenance and bi-annual checkups, your dental implants can last several decades or even a lifetime. However, your restoration will eventually need to be replaced.

Protect Your Oral Health

Dental implants fuse with the jawbone, acting as artificial tooth roots. They stimulate the jaw in a way that prevents bone atrophy, further tooth loss, and a sunken facial appearance.

Restored Strength & Aesthetics

Dental implants provide unparalleled stability to your restorations, allowing them to function like natural teeth. Additionally, implant-supported restorations fit securely against the gums for the most natural-looking results.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are a reliable long-term investment...

Studies Show

Impressive Long-Term Success Rates
Dental implant success rate
Can implant dentistry meet your needs?

Dental Implants Can Help Replace

Any Number of Missing Teeth

Single Missing Tooth

If you are missing a single tooth, an implant can attach a porcelain crown directly to your jawbone.

Multiple Missing Teeth

Patients with two or three consecutive missing teeth can choose an implant-supported dental bridge.

Completely Edentulous Smile

If you are one of the millions of Americans missing all of their teeth, implant-retained dentures are a more stable, aesthetic alternative to removable dentures.

The Only Treatment

That Can Stop Jaw Atrophy
Implants are made from biocompatible titanium material that naturally integrates with the surrounding jawbone in the months following implant surgery. These metal posts act just like your natural tooth roots, delivering important stimulation to your jawbone each time you speak and chew. This prevents bone recession and helps you keep your facial structure full and healthy.
Are you a good candidate for implant dentistry?


Your Candidacy

Thanks to the continuing advancements being made in dentistry, most patients with missing teeth are eligible for dental implants. In general, Dr. Dovgan will ensure that you meet basic requirements, such as:

Bone Density

In order for a dental implant to have long-lasting success, it must be completely surrounded by dense, healthy bone tissue. Individuals who have experienced some degree of bone loss can restore their implant candidacy with a bone grafting procedure performed by Dr. Dovgan.

Oral & Overall Health

In addition, dental implant candidates should be in good general health, and should not have any medical condition that could hinder treatment or recovery. Patients should also be free of gum disease and tooth decay. We provide treatment for periodontal disease and decay to resolve these issues before implant placement.

Are implants worth the time and money?
Dental implants

Our team in Phoenix understands that choosing dental implant treatment is a significant decision. However, teeth replacement with dental implants is a worthwhile investment in your oral health, and with proper maintenance, implants can last a lifetime.

To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a number of financing options for our patients, including CareCredit® and LendingClub. Our skilled and experienced financial team can help you determine the best option for your budget.

A dental implant-supported crown consists of three parts: an implant, abutment, and final restoration...
Illustration of jaw and dental implant
Our Phoenix dental office offers unique technology that is not offered by most dentists...

State-of-the-Art Tools

Used to Plan Your Surgery
3-D scanner

To plan your surgery, our practice uses:

  • ORTHOPHOS® SL 3-D cone beam scanner: This scanner takes highly detailed images of your teeth, jawbone, and sinuses so that we can plan and customize your surgery. 3-D images also highlight whether you are lacking bone density in your jawbone. If this is the case, we may recommend bone grafting to ensure your implants are optimally stable.
  • Surgical guides: Surgical guides are custom-made trays that pinpoint the exact area where your implants should be placed and provide greater precision during surgery.
We know the idea of surgery can be scary, but our Phoenix team will guide you from start to finish...

The 5 Stages

of Receiving Dental Implants

The dental implant process is generally completed in several stages, including an in-depth planning session, preparatory procedures, surgical placement of the implants, and restoration with a crowndenture, or bridge. As a highly trained implant dentist, Dr. Dovgan can perform every aspect of your dental implant procedure at our Phoenix office, providing you with convenient, high-quality care. Understanding what to expect during the dental implant treatment timeline, from start to finish, can help you make informed decisions and be an active participant in your care.

1. Treatment Planning

Woman undergoing CT scan

The first step of dental implant treatment is a consultation with Dr. Dovgan. During this appointment, he will talk with you about your goals and assess the health of your teeth and gums. To obtain an accurate view of your jawbone and important orofacial landmarks, Dr. Dovgan will also use our ORTHOPHOS SL 3-D cone beam scanner. This x-ray unit captures thousands of images to create an accurate representation of your dentition. Once all relevant information has been gathered, Dr. Dovgan will create a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs.

One of the advantages of using 3-D diagnostic technology is that it allows Dr. Dovgan to provide patients with the most accurate care available. Our computer software program can manipulate the images, giving Dr. Dovgan a 360-degree view of your jawbone. He can even place virtual implants onto the digital scan to ensure there is enough bone density.

2. Creating a Surgical Guide

Dental patient pointing to x-ray on monitor

We will also use the information we gather to fabricate a custom surgical guide. This device is placed over the dental ridge during surgery. Special markers highlight the areas where the posts should be inserted, making the procedure incredibly precise.

3. Preparatory Procedures

Woman getting dental exam

Some patients require preparatory procedures prior to implant placement. For example, if you have gum disease or tooth decay, you will need restorative procedures, as these concerns can seriously impede the success of your treatment. These conditions can also potentially lead to implant failure.

In addition, dental implants require plenty of healthy bone tissue to be successful. Therefore, patients lacking bone density will need a bone grafting procedure to prepare the jawbone for the implant posts. Fortunately, Dr. Dovgan provides all necessary preparatory procedures in our Phoenix office for added convenience.

4. Implant Surgery

Surgical team and dental patient

Once you have healed from any preparatory procedures, you can undergo implant placement surgery. The procedure can be completed in about one hour in our Phoenix office and involves:

  • Anesthesia: First, Dr. Dovgan will numb the surrounding tissues with local anesthesia for your comfort. Sedation can also be administered, if desired, to alleviate dental anxiety and help you relax. We offer both nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation.
  • Preparing the site: Before the implant can be placed, the bone must be prepared. Dr. Dovgan will make a small pilot hole in the jawbone, then gradually increase the depth and diameter appropriately using a series of special drill bits.
  • Placing the implant: Once the site is prepared, Dr. Dovgan will insert the implant into the jawbone.

5. Osseointegration: Fusion of the Jaw and Implants

Gloved hand holding pen and pointing to x-ray of jaw

Once your implants are in place, they must become fused to the jawbone tissue. This process can take four to six months. As you heal, you will undergo periodic checkups that will allow Dr. Dovgan to monitor your progress.

Dental Implant Recovery:

Controlling Pain and Other Side Effects

Healing after dental implant surgery takes three to six months in total. During this time, Dr. Dovgan will schedule follow-up appointments at our Phoenix practice and provide thorough instructions for at-home care to ensure that your dental implant recovery is a success. Our team will help you learn what to expect during the earliest stages of recovery and how to control side effects such as pain and bleeding.

Immediate Side Effects of Dental Implant Surgery

You can expect several easily manageable side effects after your dental implants have been placed:

  • Soreness: Following dental implant surgery, some degree of discomfort is typical. In general, soreness is most noticeable during the first two to three days. To mitigate discomfort, take over-the-counter pain relievers or prescription pain meds as directed by Dr. Dovgan.
  • Swelling and bruising: To reduce inflammation, apply a cold compress to the cheek and jaw area. Leave the compress on for 20 minutes, then remove it for 20 minutes. Repeat this process as often as possible during the first 24 hours. Anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen can also help reduce swelling.
In general, soreness is most noticeable during the first two to three days.
  • Tooth and gum sensitivity: This type of discomfort may be triggered by heat, cold, or pressure. These side effects subside as the healing process continues.
  • Bleeding: Typically, post-operative bleeding diminishes after about 48 hours. If bleeding persists, place a piece of gauze over the site and close down with firm, steady pressure. You can also moisten a tea bag and bite down on it for about 15 minutes. The tannic acid in tea helps shrink blood vessels and capillaries, effectively reducing bleeding.

Implant Recovery Timeline

Ensuring a Safe and Successful Recovery

Dr. Dovgan provides Phoenix patients with ongoing care during their recovery to make certain that you experience the best possible outcomes. These guidelines should be followed precisely for a comfortable and successful recovery:

  • Avoid strenuous activity: For the best results, avoid strenuous exercise for about a week. Elevating the heart rate can result in additional bleeding, swelling, and discomfort.
  • Eat a soft food diet: Hard, crunchy, and sticky foods can irritate the surgical area and cause more discomfort. Until otherwise instructed by Dr. Dovgan, eat soft, cool foods such as smoothies, pasta, eggs, fish, applesauce, yogurt, and pudding.
  • Keep the surgical area clean: It is important to keep the implant site clean for proper healing. For the first day or two, rinse your mouth with a warm saltwater solution. Once you are able, gently clean the area with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments: Dr. Dovgan will schedule periodic checkups to monitor the fusion of the implants to your jawbone tissue. It is extremely important that you attend all of these visits so he can assess your healing, identify any potential problems, and determine when it is time to place your restorations.
Implant-supported restorations look just like natural teeth...
Implant-supported bridge and model of jaw
Dr. Dovgan only uses the finest materials so the results look incredibly realistic.

Your Final Results

When the implants have fully integrated into the jawbone, Dr. Dovgan can attach your final restoration. First, he will remove the temporary restoration and replace it with an abutment (small connector). The abutment extends just beyond the gum line, providing a foundation for your restoration. Once the area has healed, roughly two weeks later, you can return for your second visit to our Phoenix office.

The type of restoration you receive will depend on how many teeth are missing. For example, we can replace a single tooth with one dental crown. If you are missing a row of missing teeth, you likely need an implant-supported bridge, while full-arch teeth replacement will require a denture. Dr. Dovgan will connect your new restoration to the implants using screw retention or dental cement.

Although the entire process can last several months, the results will be well worth the wait. Once you receive your final crown, bridge, or denture, you will have:

  • A smile that looks and feels just like your natural teeth 
  • An improved ability to eat your favorite foods
  • A boost in your self-confidence 

Although your restorations will need to be replaced every decade or so, the implants themselves can last a lifetime with proper care.

Patients look to us when they need a trusted, knowledgeable dentist...

Phoenix Patients

Love Our Dentist
"My husbands experience was fantastic...Doctor Dovgan was so professional and knowledgeable about all the latest procedures on implants. My husband can eat real food again. Thank you so much..."
Elaine N.
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More Information

on Dental Implants

A dental implant is a threaded post placed in the jawbone during an oral surgery procedure. In most cases, implants are crafted from titanium.

This feature sets dental implants apart from traditional teeth replacement options, which only restore the crown of the tooth. With a success rate of approximately 98 percent, dental implants are widely regarded as today’s superior solution for tooth loss.

an implant-supported crown embedded in the jawbone
Implants fuse with surrounding bone tissue to create a stable base for crowns and other restorations.

The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth

Every element of your smile works together for proper function and oral health. When one element is compromised, it can cause a domino effect of dental issues. For example, a single missing tooth can lead to shifting, mobility, bite issues, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems. Replacing a missing tooth restores proper function and preserves your smile for years to come.

Though the treatment timeline is longer than that of traditional restorations, dental implants provide a lifelong solution to missing teeth.

Dr. John Dovgan

Dr. John Dovgan

Dr. Dovgan is highly qualified to provide exceptional dental care:

  • Over 25 years in practice
  • Educates other professionals
  • Experience as an expert state witness
  • Dedicated to serving the needs of his patients

To schedule your consultation, contact our Phoenix office online or call us at (602) 867-1899.

Family Dentistry, Dental Expert Witness & Standard of Care Expert

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Dr. John W. Dovgan

3841 E Thunderbird Rd,
Ste 101
Phoenix, AZ 85032

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Suzanne Swisher
Suzanne Swisher
23:12 01 Mar 20
I was so impressed with every aspect of this office!! The staff is simply delightful and so caring and kind! Dr. Dovgan is also very kind and caring.... I need extensive work done and have been very fearful to go to a dentist. Dr. Dovgan, Sue and Michelle made me feel safe, heard and understood and put me very much at ease. I am so grateful that I found his name on Nextdoor chat about best dentists. He was referred to me by no less than 6 people on that site aloneread more
Elle Bee
Elle Bee
20:40 28 Feb 20
Fantastic experience. The staff is incredibly friendly and make great conversation. They were thorough when taking x-rays and checking my teeth, they... also had a camera, and I was able to see what was going on during the exam.I had a cleaning done, and the experience was very good. They use an ultrasonic/water device to clean, as well as the traditional hand tools. I found very little to no discomfort during the process, and look forward to future treatments.I highly recommend this incredibly professional dental office over your average Smile more
Alison Molnar
Alison Molnar
19:04 24 Feb 20
I had a chipped tooth and Dr Dovgan fixed it right up! Looks completely natural and I feel better about my smile before I even chipped it. The entire... staff is always very friendly and professional!read more
Lisa Nestor
Lisa Nestor
20:16 18 Feb 20
I have been a patient for 15+ years and all of my experiences have been positive. Dr. Dovgan and his staff are professional, caring and focused on... the comfort, health and well-being of their patients. Because of them I am no longer afraid to visit the dentist - they are wonderful 😊read more
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dennis strieter
19:02 17 Feb 20
Dr. Dovgan is an excellent dentist who has the right mix of experience and a high standard of patient care for my whole family. We like their entire... staff so much that we continue using him even through insurance changes that required a higher out of pocket. They are really that more
The Perfect Autumn
The Perfect Autumn
16:57 08 Oct 19
As a new patient, I recently visited this dental office and left very pleased after my first visit. Both the dentist and his staff were very warm... and welcoming. I hadn't been to a dentist in a few years and this alone was adding to my uneasiness about setting up an appointment for an exam, and then dealing with which dentist to choose on top of it all? (Like many things, putting off a visit to the dentist is never a wise move.) After sorting through many reviews I then settled on Dr. Dovgan's office and was glad I did. Both Dr. Dovgan and his staff had me feeling very at ease in no time. I found this dental location to be equipped with all the latest modern technology, very stylish & clean and not rushed for time...nowadays, a pleasant surprise. (...Also, special praise here to dental hygienist "Sonata" for her gentle approach and also for really taking the time to conduct a thorough exam and cleaning of my teeth & gums. Thanks, Girl!!) Additionally, also nice was the ample, easy access parking and the comparability in pricing to the many other dentists out there. :)Upon leaving I felt I had made the right choice for myself in trusting Dr. Dovgan and his team of professionals with my dental concerns and I learned that even though my end results were not perfect ( -due to my own actions- ), they were better than anticipated and attainable. If you've (too) been playing dental roulette, procrastinating out of fear of the unknown ( -"unknown as in: "what's really going on inside my mouth??" -or- "which unknown dental office should I choose from??"- ) then this dentist and his team may be the place for you to try, as well. I wouldn't hesitate at all in recommending Dr. Dovgan's dental services. Thank you for my positive visit to the dentist!! :)Remove reviewread more
Samantha Henson
Samantha Henson
17:38 25 Apr 19
I’ve been coming to this office for the last 18 YEARS (since I was 7 years old) and I love Dr. Dovgan! I never understood how anyone could hate... going to the dentist before because I loved going to mine. He’s gentle, charismatic, and extremely knowledgeable in many different aspects of dentistry. The family feeling is great with the staff and they have always been so accommodating to my scheduling needs. I loved his practice so much growing up that I decided to join the dental field myself. I’d highly recommend anyone to come to his more
Julia Sanders
Julia Sanders
20:30 28 Aug 18
I have always hated going to the dentist, but I've finally found a place that I like going to! The staff is extremely friendly and Dr. Dovgan is... great at what he does. I always have a great experience with my cleanings and today I had a filling done by Dr Dovgan and it was fast and pain free! I would definitely recommend him. Thank you for making me feel at easeread more
Karenlee Thorpe
Karenlee Thorpe
17:40 01 Jun 17
I have been a patient of Dr. Dovgan for approximately 2-3 years. My experiences have been extremely positive. The staff are very efficient,... friendly, professional, knowledgeable and helpful. Dr. Dovgan is an excellent dentist He has assisted me with difficult dental issues. I have had absolutely no problems with his work. He is friendly, helpful, professional and extremely competent. I would have no hesitation to recommend Dr. Dovgan and his office for any dental more
Kathleen Garast
Kathleen Garast
19:24 31 May 17
Dr. Dovgan and every member of his staff that I have met represent the perfect blend of a highly professional, efficient and welcoming facility. They... are up to date on the latest procedures, they are willing to take the time to explain what is going to be done and they stand behind the work they do always assuring my complete satisfaction. I've had a range of work done from simple cleaning as well as complex procedures and I have been totally satisfied with the care, the cost and the results. I am happy to do this review because I've had less than positive experiences elsewhere and I hope this review can guide others to a positive experience with Dr. Dovgan and his more
Robert Barbour
Robert Barbour
19:09 31 May 17
I have to admit, I am extremely difficult to please. Having work in large inbound call centers and dealing with nothing but complaints...all I can... say about Dr Dovgan and entire staff is I have NO complaints! I only have praise and compliments! EVERYONE there is simply more