Our patients are very fortunate to have two dentists skilled in the placement of dental implants. Drs. Howdy and Cochran both have advanced training in implant dentistry and remain the only dentists in town who perform this service.
Dental implants can be an effective method to replace one tooth or several teeth. Each implant consists of a metal anchor that is inserted into the jawbone, and a protruding post, which is outfitted with an artificial tooth. Implants can also support a bridge, replace a partial denture or secure a fixed denture.
Several steps are usually necessary to place an implant. Depending on the type of implant, the steps may vary. In the first procedure, a metal anchor, or artificial root is placed into the jawbone. Bone will begin to grow around the anchor. This takes about three to six months. Next, a "healing cap" is placed when the implant is uncovered. Then, the healing cap is removed and a metal post, or abutment, may be attached to the anchor. When your gums and jawbone have healed, an artificial tooth is constructed, then screwed or cemented to the post. Fitting your new tooth properly may take several appointments.
Care & Maintenance
Brush and floss your implant at least twice daily, just like your natural teeth. Be sure to brush the back of the abutments and floss around the front, back and sides. Avoid chewing on hard objects or extremely sticky food. Proper dental care will help keep your implants and your mouth healthy.