Welcome back to Marketplace Pittsburgh. I’m Darren Zaslau. If you’re looking for tooth replacement or are missing teeth, the Mini Dental Implant Center of Greater Pittsburgh is the solution for you. To tell us about the benefits of mini dental implants, we’re joined by their dynamic father daughter duo, dr. Donald Brockley and Dr. Ahono Gildersleeve. Thank you both for being here.

Well, thank you, Darren. Thanks for having us. Dr. Brockley will just jump into the nuts and bolts. What are mini dental implants?

There are many dental implants are a small diameter implant made out of titanium that are placed into the bone and are used for in a variety of circumstances.

So the big question is, why should someone get them? Dr. Gildersleeve, what are the benefits in having mini dental implants?

Well, with Mini dental implants, you’re able to chew, smile, speak, and function just like you did when you used to have teeth. So it brings you back to what you used to have.

What types of people, Dr. Brockley would need mini dental implants? I’m sure that there are those out there wondering.

Mini dental implants are useful for people who have loose dentures, upper and lower, that they can’t eat, they can’t talk. They have to use a lot of goo to hold them in, and so we can use them for that. Many dental implants are used for people who have missing teeth, either due to trauma, decay, or periodontal disease. Many dental implants can be used for any people who have missing teeth.

Another important question is for Dr. Gildersleeve is what does this procedure look like? Does it take a long time?

Actually, it’s pretty versatile, and it’s not very invasive at all. So what we do is in your jaw, we do a little pinhole through the gums into the bone, and then the implant is threaded into the bone. Okay. And then after you have the implant, you can immediately put a crown or a denture on top of that, and you leave with teeth that day. So that’s something really important we want to highlight. You can have an implant and teeth and leave the office in the same day.

And I mentioned the dynamic father daughter duo. We have to get into that. Dr. Gildersleeve, what does it mean to now work alongside your dad?

Well, I mean, it really means everything to me. I’m so excited to work in the office with him. He’s a great mentor to me. He’s been established in our butler office for a long time, and he teaches me more every day than I probably learned in four years of dental school and another year of residency. So I love going to work with him every day.

I imagine for you, Dr. Brockley, this is just a joy, right, to be able to work with your daughter.

Absolutely. We enjoy each other and we really have fun. And actually, she teaches me a lot too, besides me teaching her that’s absolutely fantastic.

What do you think that she can bring to this practice?

Well, she brings a lot of youth and a lot of energy to the practice, a lot of new techniques that she learned in school and in her residency, and we certainly can do a lot of helpful for people.

And back over to you, Dr. Gildersleeve. Just what are you most excited about? What are you looking to bring as.

Well, I’m looking to bring a solution for in Western Pennsylvania, there are many people who don’t have teeth. There’s millions of people in the country who are missing teeth. They have loose dentures. And I think between me and my dad, we can really help a lot of people with this.

Well, Dr. Brockley and Dr. Gildersleeve, thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us. We really do appreciate it.

The Mini Dental Implant Advantage

Immediate Results

Because they are less invasive, and don’t require the lengthy healing time of traditional implants, they can typically be loaded with crowns, bridges and dentures immediately.

Less Healing Time & Fewer Visits

Because mini implants are much smaller, placing them is a less invasive procedure—requiring less healing time and discomfort, and fewer visits.

No More Decay

Mini implants are made out of titanium—the same type of material that is used on artificial joints, and they are not subject to decay or periodontal disease.

Mini Dental Implants Can Change Your Life!

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Meet Donald Brockley, DMD

Dr. Brockley earned his doctorate degree in Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine in 1972. He is a second generation dentist and a legacy of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine where his father, Dr. Charles R. Brockley earned his doctorate in general dentistry in the year 1927. While attending the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine, he held the office of Class Secretary for his graduating class.

Following dental school, he chose to do his residency training at Wilmington Medical Center in Wilmington, Delaware, with a focus on research.  Upon completing his residency, Dr. Brockley enlisted in the Navy during the Vietnam War Era as a Naval Officer.

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Meet E. E. Ahono Gildersleeve, DDS

Dr. E. Ahono Gildersleeve firmly believes that everyone deserves a stunning smile, and it’s this passion that has driven their career in dentistry. Combining expertise, a friendly demeanor, and a relatable approach, Dr. Gildersleeve is dedicated to helping patients achieve the smile they’ve always dreamed of. Having graduated with a BS in Biology from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, Dr. Gildersleeve went on to pursue her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at Touro College of Dental Medicine in Hawthorne, NY. To further expand her knowledge and skills, she completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry at NYU Langone, with specialized training at Shatkin Dental Health in Buffalo, NY. Being a second-generation dentist trained by the esteemed Dr. Todd Shatkin on Mini Dental Implants, Dr. Gildersleeve brings a wealth of expertise and a unique perspective to the field of dentistry. In July 2021, she joined her father’s practice, a Mini Dental Implant Center of America, in the greater Pittsburgh area after completing her residency, proudly carrying on the family tradition as a third-generation dentist.

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