Do you have a missing tooth? Or do you need to have a tooth extracted?
If so, dental implants are often the best choice for replacing the missing tooth. Dental implants are simply titanium root replacements that provide support for a dental restoration such as a crown, bridge, or denture. Implants can support a single restoration or act as the foundation for the replacement of multiple missing teeth.
Dr. Cody has the necessary training to handle the entire process for you, from placement of the implant to the final restoration. He is committed to advancing his knowledge in this area, and he has completed a postgraduate implant residency of 300 hours of continuing education focused on all aspects of dental implant placement and prosthetics. He is also beginning a second implant residency this fall. This course will include 400 additional hours of advanced scholarship.
You can be confident that your implant procedure is in good hands with Dr. Cody!
The Dental Implant Difference
The primary difference between a dental implant and other types of tooth replacement is that a dental implant acts as a replacement root for a lost tooth. An implant is made up of three parts: a titanium post placed surgically in your jaw, an abutment piece that is used to attach a dental restoration, and the restoration itself. You can find detailed images here for reference.
An implant is a freestanding tooth replacement that does not require the additional support of neighboring teeth in the same way bridges do. Implants are stable and comfortable, and minimal maintenance is necessary after they are placed.
Placing Your Dental Implant
The first step in the process is to evaluate your gum and bone structure in the area where the implant is to be placed. The best candidates for implant placement are patients who have sufficient bone in their jaw to hold the implant securely in place. If we find this is not the case for you, Dr. Cody may recommend a bone graft procedure that will build up the bone and make placement of a dental implant possible.
We want your procedure to be as safe and effective as possible. Dr. Cody has privileges at a specialized surgical facility in Canton, SD, where your implant will be placed. This state-of-the-art facility gives us access to equipment that makes planning placement of your implant more precise, allowing for better outcomes. Performing the procedure at this facility also allows us to offer IV sedation so that you can be completely comfortable throughout the procedure.
The implant is then allowed to heal for a period of several months. Throughout this time, Dr. Cody will continually monitor your progress. Since Dr. Cody oversees the entire process, you can be assured of continuity of care from a professional you know and trust. When the implant is fully healed, we will create a beautiful, natural-looking restoration that restores function, improves your appearance, and boosts your self-confidence.
Call Us Today to Learn More about Dental Implants
Are you interested in learning more about dental implants and how they may benefit you? There’s a lot to consider when choosing dental implants, and we’ll be happy to arrange a convenient consultation with Dr. Cody.