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Dental Implants

Missing even one of your teeth can make it difficult to chew and speak, impacting your quality of life.

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that support custom restorations to restore your oral function and appearance.

Dr. Phil Herlihey and Dr. Mohamad Alkassir in Rockford, IL, can provide dental implant treatment to help you look and feel your best. 

What Are Dental Implants?

Implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jaw. These posts act as artificial tooth roots and support restorations such as dentures, dental bridges, and dental crowns. Dental implants also provide amazing bone-saving benefits. When you lose a tooth, the jawbone no longer receives the stimulation the tooth roots once provided, and the bone can begin to deteriorate. Implants replace the tooth roots, giving the jaw the stimulation it needs to stay healthy. They are the only tooth replacement option that offers this advantage.

Transform Your Smile and Quality of Life Request a Dental Implant Consultation Today

Missing teeth can make life difficult. Chewing and speaking can be harder, and smiling can feel embarrassing. Fortunately, the team at Gentle Family Dentistry can help. Our Rockford dental practice uses advanced technology during the implant process, such as computer-aided surgical guides, and 3D CT scans.

Our dentists, Phil Herlihey and Mohamad Alkassir, also use a computer-controlled local anesthetic delivery system, which only four dentists in the area have. Experience paired with state-of-the-art technology means our doctors can provide advanced dental implant care for better patient comfort and outcomes. 

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Start your journey to a beautifully restored smile today. Call our practice in Rockford, IL, or contact us online

(815) 633-3865

Hear What Rockford Patients Say About Gentle Family Dentistry


Brenda Martin


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From the very first call to Gentle Family Dentistry I was treated with kindness and professionalism. Everyone was so pleasant and understanding of my uneasiness and helped me to relax. They came up with a plan to fix the issue and I'm so pleased I gave them a call.

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James Wines


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The staff there was absolutely amazing. Dr. Phil Herlihey was so great. I will be going nowhere else for my dental needs. Thanks again to everyone there for taking great care of me.

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See the Stunning Results for Yourself One Patient's Dental Implant Transformation

This patient came to our Rockford, IL, dental practice suffering from significant tooth loss along their upper dental arch. Dental implants and a custom restoration filled in the gap to restore his look and oral function.
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The Dental Implant Timeline

Dental implants offer maximum stability for restorations, as well as incredible bone-saving benefits for your jaw health. We can customize your implant treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
Dental implants offer maximum stability for restorations, as well as incredible bone-saving benefits for your jaw health. We can customize your implant treatment plan to meet your unique needs.


During your initial consultation at our Rockford, IL, dental clinic, your dentist will examine your mouth and discuss your medical and oral health history to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Preparatory Treatment

If you need a preparatory treatment like tooth extraction, bone grafting, or periodontal treatment, it must be completed before your dental implants are placed. 

Implant Placement

Your dental implants will be surgically placed directly into your jaw. You will then be given time to heal and allow the implants to fuse to your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. This takes about three to six months. 


Once you are healed, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth in order to craft your dentures, crowns, or dental bridge. These impressions will be sent to a trusted lab to guide the creation of your restorations. 


Once your bridge, denture, or crown is completed, you will have a fitting appointment at our Rockford dental practice. Your dentist will secure your restorations to your implants and make any necessary adjustments for optimal fit and comfort.

All that is left is to enjoy your new smile!

See How Implant-Supported Dentures Work

Four to six implants are placed along one or both dental arches. Your dentist will then secure your dentures to the implants for superior stability and bone health. 

Aftercare Tips for Dental Implant Patients

It is important to remember that your dentures, bridges, or crowns will wear over time and will need replacing. However, with proper care, your dental implants can last a lifetime, and your restorations can last for 15 years or more. Here are some tips to maintain your new smile. 

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

You can care for your new restorations just like you would for your natural teeth. Floss once a day and brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. 

Visit Your Dentist for Regular Checkups

Continue attending routine checkups with your dentist. He can help you maintain your oral health and catch any potential issues before they grow.

Practice Good Oral Habits

Avoid biting your nails and using your teeth as tools, like for opening packages. Be mindful of hard or sticky foods like ice, nuts, or caramel, as they could potentially damage your restorations.

Insurance and Financing For Dental Implants

Most dental insurance plans do not cover the cost of dental implants. However, they may partially cover the cost of your restorations. We accept most dental insurance, as well as financing, to eliminate financial barriers and help patients enjoy the amazing benefits of dental implants.

"Absolutely wonderful." More 5-Star Reviews for Our Dental Team


Robbin Bowers


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This office is clean, friendly, and absolutely wonderful. They scheduled quickly and the dentist is the best I've ever seen. 5 Stars Plus.

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lisa maddy alivia


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I don't normally write reviews but I would definitely recommend going to them. I am so scared of the dentist but they was nice and understanding and helped me work through my fears

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Gentle Family Dentistry

Dr. Mohamad Alkassir can meet all of your family's dental needs in Loves Park, IL. Our dentists are proud to be affiliated with:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Facial Esthetics
  • Illinois State Dental Society
  • Chicago Dental Society
  • Winnebago Dental Society

To request an appointment, please contact us online or call (815) 633-3865.

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