In recent years, Dr. Corbet Locke has been recognized as a leading provider of high quality dental implant restoration to residents of Woodway and the surrounding communities. We utilize dental implants as the healthy, permanent solution for missing teeth. A dental implant is a small, titanium anchor surgically inserted into the jawbone. The anchor serves as a tooth root, to which Dr. Locke will attach a custom crown, bridge, or denture. Over time, the jawbone binds to the titanium in a process called osseointegration. Titanium has been used for years in the medical field for procedures such as replacement hips and joints. The body accepts the implant as a natural part of the anatomy, so the dental implant can potentially serve you for a lifetime.
Dental implant therapy can be completed in two phases at Woodway implant dentist Dr. Corbet Locke’s dental office. First, a titanium anchor is placed. The surgery is considered minor, but patients will need to be in good overall health. The average healing time is about three months, although it varies from patient to patient. During this time, the osseointegration process will occur. Until then, Dr. Locke can provide you with a temporary restoration to wear so that you will never be without functioning teeth. Dr. Locke will place your final crown, bridge, or denture once the implant has stabilized.
After a thorough exam, including X-rays, at Dr. Locke’s Woodway dental office, Dr. Locke can determine if dental implants are the right solution for you. The titanium anchors require adequate bone density for placement, although bone-grafting procedures can sometimes enable a patient to receive dental implants. Dr. Locke will also need to examine your medical history and health habits because some illnesses and health conditions can reduce the chances of implant success.