No one wants to suffer the embarrassment of missing teeth. Thankfully, League City dentist Dr. Ramzi Saman, DDS offers custom dental implants.
Q: What are dental implants? League City Dentist Dr. Ramzi Saman: Dental implants are custom-made reproduction teeth designed to anchor into the jawbone. They are permanent replacements for missing or damaged teeth. The American Dental Association (ADA) estimates that more than 5 million implants are placed each year.
Q: Why are dental implants so popular? League City Dentist Dr. Ramzi Saman: Implants provide patients with a number of benefits. They are as stable as natural teeth and require the same kind of care. Implants prevent nearby teeth from shifting which helps preserve the “normal” appearance of the mouth.
Q: So they aren’t removable, like dentures? League City Dentist Dr. Ramzi Saman: No, implants are permanent and are not meant to be removed, except by a dentist, oral surgeon, or periodontist.
Q: What about eating and speaking? League City Dentist Dr. Ramzi Saman: Since implants are custom designed to fit the patient’s mouth, once placed, there is no interference with speech or the ability to eat or drink.
Q: Are implants a viable option for everyone? League City Dentist Dr. Ramzi Saman: Most healthy adults are a good candidate for dental implants. There are a few obstacles, however, for those with inadequate bone height, though the jawbone may be built up prior to the procedure. Certain chronic illnesses, including leukemia and diabetes, may impede the healing process. And smoking may double a patient’s risk of implant failure.
Q: How are the implants placed? League City Dentist Dr. Ramzi Saman: It’s an in-office procedure performed with a local anesthetic. Many patients report moderate pain, which is treated with prescription medication.
Q: How long is the healing process? League City Dentist Dr. Ramzi Saman: Once the initial anchor is put into position, it can take between two and six months before an implant is placed. During this time, the implant fuses to the bone in a process called osseointegration. A temporary prosthetic may be offered until the process is complete.
Q: Is the anchor visible? League City Dentist Dr. Ramzi Saman: Once the implant is placed it’s covered by gum tissue and will need to be uncovered prior to placement.
Q: Are there different types of implants? League City Dentist Dr. Ramzi Saman: The most common is an endosteal implant. These are placed in the bone. A subperiosteal is used in the rare cases where bone height can’t be altered. These are placed on the bone.