Dental Implants Specialist

Sam Bass Family Dentistry

Rupa Govindarajan, DMD

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Greater Austin, Round Rock, TX

Round Rock Texas and to the surrounding communities have access to world-class dental services at the Sam Bass Family Dentistry. Dr. Rupa Govindarajan brings 13 years of experience in preventative care, general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, Invisalign, restorations, and the diagnosis and care of periodontal disease.

Dental Implants Q & A

by Rupa Govindarajan, DMD

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants are a replacement system for teeth that need to be removed or for those that are already lost. When a tooth cannot be saved, a dental implant is an option. The process requires dental surgery, but the outcome is almost unnoticeable. Dr. Govindarajan will surgically implant a titanium post into your jaw bone. Once the surgical site has fully healed, a dental crown in the shape of a tooth will be placed onto the titanium post. Through computer-aided design, the tooth and post will be fitted to your mouth so the new dental implant works with your existing bite.

How Do I Know if I am a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental candidates for dental implants should be old enough that their jaw bone is fully formed. After this point, only a handful of people would not be good candidates for dental implant surgery. Those include people with uncontrolled diabetes because diabetics tend to heal slowly and for this procedure to work, the surgical site must be fully healed before the dental crown is applied. If not, you risk losing gum tissue and that makes the process less desirable. People who have heart conditions and require blood thinners may also not be good candidates. People who have immune deficiency disease such as HIV should consult with their primary care doctor before deciding on dental implants.

What Happens if I Damage a Dental Implant?

Dental implant restorations are fairly easy. The implants are designed to be serviceable. The dental crown is easy to remove and replace as needed. If you were to break or chip the crown, a new crown would be ordered, color matched to your teeth, and then installed. The process can take two to four weeks, but a temporary crown is applied if needed. If you want to have your teeth whitened and you have dental implants, the implants will not whiten. They will need to be replaced and color matched to your bright, new smile.

Insurance Providers

We accept the following insurance providers and we accept all PPO plans.

Aetna
Ameritas
Assurant Health
Cigna
Connection Dental
Delta Dental
DenteMax
GEHA
Guardian
Humana
MetLife
United Concordia Dental
United Healthcare