So you’ve finally decided to get dental implants. First of all, congratulations! Dental implants are one of the most reliable tooth replacement methods available, boasting a 98 percent success rate. When the procedure is finished, you’ll have replacement teeth that are just as strong, functional, and attractive as the real teeth that preceded them — maybe even more so! And you’ll be able to enjoy those replacement teeth for decades before they need to be replaced, with no change to your habits, lifestyle, or diet.
But before you can get that procedure done, there’s an important decision that you have to make: who will you trust for your dental implant procedure?
Choose the Dentist With the Right Tools and Education
The dental implant as we know it has been around since the sixties, and it is a commonly performed, relatively low-risk procedure. However, it’s still a fairly complicated procedure that can be made safer and more accurate with the right tools. Comprised of two main components, the titanium implant, and the ceramic crown, implants must be inserted accurately into a patient’s jaw bone in order to properly fuse with bone mass. Although this use to be successfully achieved with standard x-ray technology, imaging equipment has evolved.
Cone Beam computed tomography (CBCT) uses the newest digital radiographic technology to create a 3d image of the jaw bone, allowing dentists to create a custom surgical guide which ensures the most accurate results possible. This means the procedure is less invasive, ensuring a quicker recovery and more predictable results. Think of it like using a GPS as opposed to a road map – allowing you to avoid road hazards while getting to your destination with more precision.
All dentists are technically capable of placing dental implants, but you should also look for focused education on dental implant procedures. This can tell you two things. First, it shows you that a dentist has dedicated education in the proper placement of dental implants. Second, it tells you that a dentist cares enough about dental implants to get that education. That means they’re probably doing a lot of dental implant procedures, not just taking them as they come. A dentist with focused training and regular experience placing implants is more worthy of your trust.
Picking a Winner
Dr. Lowrance is one of only a few dentists in Corpus Christi who provides a complete set of dental implant services, including diagnosis, implant placement creating the restoration teeth to fit securely onto the implants, and then helping patients to maintain their implants throughout their lifetime. His office also hosts one of the most highly trained implant dentists in Texas. Dr. Chester Layne, after earning a fellowship from the International Conference of Implantology (ICOI), trained in placing the implant, the crowns and bridges, and later entered the elite ranks of ICOI Mastership.
Of course, a good resumé doesn’t necessarily make a good implant dentist, either. You should also ask your dentist about his experiences with implants, and request to see patient testimonials to see the results others have experienced.
In the end, selecting an implant dentist is a choice that could impact you for years to come. That’s why it’s so important to thoroughly weigh your options, and explore all of your choices. A good cosmetic dentist should sit down with you and discuss their experience and their qualifications to make sure you are comfortable. You want a dentist who is dedicated to building a relationship with you. You will have your dental implants for years, even decades–you want an implant dentist who will make sure you’re taken care of for all that time.
Many dental offices will send you to another office to get either the implant root or crown placed, but our pair of elite dentists can do the entire procedure, start to finish, here in our office.
To learn how dental implants in Corpus Christi can help you, please contact us today at (361) 851-8274 for a free consultation and information about financing.