Dental implants allow dentists to create healthy, attractive smiles in an innovative way. Precision Dental is a trusted Midwest City dentist when it comes to this innovative technology.
Used to replace one or more missing teeth, dental implants are another alternative to conventional bridges and dentures. In essence, dental implants act and look like natural teeth. Due to the fact that they maintain bone mass, dental implants can help prevent additional tooth loss as well as the sunken facial appearance associated with missing teeth. A dental implant restoration consists of a bio-compatible titanium screw and post topped by a crown, bridge, or denture.
Dental implants are developed to supply a structure for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. If you have lost teeth, implants let you eat practically anything and speak, laugh, and smile with confidence, knowing that your teeth are safe and secure and appear natural.
The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone where it replaces the natural tooth root. In a few months, the implant securely attaches to the bone (called “osseointegration”), allowing it to withstand biting and chewing forces just like a healthy, natural tooth.
Dental implants are the best option for people of all ages in good basic oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to an accident, gum condition, or injury. Some chronic diseases, cigarette smoking, or alcohol abuse may prevent some implants from being successfully placed.
After a comprehensive assessment of your present oral health and medical history, our Oklahoma City dental professionals will determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants. The primary limiting factor inherent in implant therapy is the amount of bone available to receive and support the implant. If it’s determined that a patient does not have enough bone to support an implant restoration, bone grafting procedures may be considered. Heavy smoking and some medical conditions may preclude the use of implant therapy.
The dental implants themselves are small titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, producing a strong foundation for artificial teeth. When the implant is completely safe and secure, an opening will be made to put in an adapter, called an abutment, which allows your our dental team to place a crown.
You will see a big change, nearly right away. The whole process can take anywhere between 3-9 months to complete, but this depends upon the type, and quantity of implants you require, in addition to the quality of bone in which the implants are placed.
There are treatment options that do work much faster, such as dentures, but none of these standard techniques prevent bone loss or provide the type of natural feel and look that implants do.
A lot of research study has shown that implants have been successful and strong for over 30 years. Our goal is to make them last a lifetime. This is much better and different than dentures, which last about five years, and/or bridges where the anticipated time of use is about seven to ten years.
Contact Precision Dental Center today for further information, or to schedule your next consultation or appointment.