Dental implants are hailed as modern dentistry’s best method to replace a missing tooth. In qualified hands, an implant can be a lifetime solution. Dr. Sameet Koppikar and his team at Biltmore Dental Center share the following information to help patients in Glendale and surrounding areas choose the best implant dentist for their needs.
What is a dental implant?
Only about a third of a natural tooth is visible – the crown. The remainder is a root system that resides below the gum line. In addition to holding the tooth securely in place, the root stimulates strong bone density for a healthy mouth and attractive facial volume.
A dental implant is a small cylinder made of a strong, biocompatible material. In a brief surgical procedure, it is placed into the jawbone at precisely the site of the missing tooth. The tiny incision heals in a day or two, and over a few months jawbone fuses with the implant. The implant replicates the root, forming a strong foundation for a beautiful porcelain crown, and continuing to provide stimulation necessary for healthy bone.
A single tooth or many may be restored in this manner. Implants are also a terrific way to provide stability for dentures.
Tips for choosing an implant dentist
A dental implant is an investment in your oral health and your appearance. Make that investment wisely by choosing the right implant dentist.
Your implant dentist should understand your lifestyle.
As a family dentist, Dr. Koppikar builds lifetime relationships with patients. He is familiar with their medical history, oral situations, dietary habits, hobbies, and schedules. That puts him in a uniquely beneficial position, knowing when to recommend implants, and how to plan exactly for successful placement.
Your implant dentist should be experienced. Properly placed and restored (that’s the term for placing the crown on top), dental implants have a wonderful success rate, but it shouldn’t be something that your dentist does just once in a while. After earning a dental degree, Dr. Koppikar took advanced training in dental techniques including implants. He gained clinical experience treating patients with complex needs at the Louis Stokes Veterans Administration in Cleveland, Ohio. In private practice, Dr. Koppikar has helped hundreds of patients enjoy restored smiles with implants.
Your implant dentist should stay up-to-date.
Dental methods are always evolving. Dr. Koppikar takes many hours of continuing education annually. He also maintains membership in professional organizations to stay on top of the latest trends and techniques in implant dentistry.
The primary reason that patients in Phoenix, Glendale, and nearby areas choose Dr. Koppikar for implants is trust. He takes whatever time is necessary to explain the process, answer questions, and discuss possible alternatives.
Call Biltmore Dental Center today at (602) 954-8200 to become a patient.