Dental Implants

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a medical device commonly made from titanium and special additives to make its surface fuse to the jaw bone. This process is called osseoinergration and occurs through a cascade of cells that approximates the bone to the implant. An implant (screw shaped) is surgically inserted in to the bone and needs an abutment which connects the implant to crown. The implant process can begin immediately after tooth extraction. In some cases, depending on the bone quality, additional healing time may be needed prior to implant placement. The surgical placement of an implant is fast, safe and requires minimal suturing. Healing of 2-6 months are needed depending on the site of the mouth prior to its restoration.

Are dental implants safe?

Dental implants have a safe success rate of 97%. In some cases, your body may reject the implant and an additional surgery may be needed. The use of clinical and radiographic interpretation allows Dr. Sarmiento to see the anatomical structures of the head such as, sinuses and major nerves. Our office accommodates in house CT imagining to which provides a three dimensional view of your head to aid implant placement.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

An overall good health status is required to be a candidate for dental implants. A medical consult between Dr. Sarmiento and your physician may be needed if you present any systemic disease or medications that can complicate a step in the surgical procedure. It is in Dr. Sarmiento’s best interest to keep you safe during your implant procedure.