If you are missing some teeth or wear dentures, dental implants are something you may want to consider. The use of dental implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the last 50 years.
Put simply, dental implants are “posts” made from bio-compatible materials (such as titanium) that are surgically placed in the jaw bone where they serve as an anchor for replacement teeth or to secure dentures.
There are usually three steps involved in placing and restoring dental implants:
- A dental surgeon places the implant in the proper position. Dr. Sneed works closely with several highly trained, very skillful surgeons in the placement of implants.
- Next, the implant is allowed to heal for a period of time as determined by the surgeon. During this time the bone will fuse to the implant creating a secure anchor.
- Finally, Dr. Sneed will place abutments to the implants designed to attach crowns or bridges, or place precision attachments for securing dentures.
Dental implants have a 95% ten year success rate. If you are in good general health dental implants may be an attractive option for you. In fact, your health is more of a factor than your age. Chronic illnesses such as diabetes or leukemia may interfere with healing. Use of tobacco can also affect healing and lower your chances for success.
If you think dental implants might be of interest to you, please call or contact our office for a free consultation with Dr. Sneed to discuss your particular situation and answer your questions.