Dental Implant Placement at Your Ankeny Dental Office
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants consist of a biocompatible titanium device resembling a small screw. An oral surgeon implants the screw into your jawbone and you allow it to heal and integrate with the bone tissue. After this process, known as osseointegration, has occurred, a family dentist like Dr. Erika Peddicord places the prosthesis, generally a dental crown, bridge, or partial dentures, that looks and functions exactly like a natural tooth.
What are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
Dental implants offer several advantages over traditional prostheses. First, because the implant is a part of the jaw, you enjoy unmatched security. Second, implants never slip or require readjustment and they have a 98% success rate. Third, they help you maintain bone density in your jaw since they act like actual tooth roots, exerting force within the jaw. Finally, dental implants look and perform like real teeth which means you have a beautiful smile you can rely on.
How Do I Know If I’m a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Many factors can affect whether you make a good dental implant candidate. For instance, your jawbone must be strong enough to support implants. Patients with weakened bone tissue may want to consider prosthetic options such as bridges or dentures. A history of certain health conditions, such as gum disease, may also prove problematic to implant placement. If you think dental implants might be right for your health and smile goals, pay a visit to Peddicord Family Dental.
Ask Dr. Peddicord if You Qualify for Implants
If you’ve lost one or more teeth, then find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants–the most lifelike prosthetic tooth replacements available. To learn more, schedule an appointment with Dr. Erika Peddicord by calling our dental office today at (515) 963-3339. Located in Ankeny, IA, we also serve patients who live in Bondurant, Polk City, Elkhart, Alleman, Cambridge, and all surrounding communities.