Edmond Oklahoma Dental Implants
Dental implants are small, artificial tooth roots that are made of titanium. They are placed in the jaw bone and covered with custom-fitted porcelain crowns. An implant is a permanent replacement for a missing tooth. Because implants function and look just like natural teeth, they are an increasingly popular choice for tooth replacement. Once the process is complete, no one will ever know you had a tooth missing.
How Dental Implants Work There are two parts to a dental implant: the root form and the crown. The root form is the titanium piece that is located below the gum on the diagram below. The procedure to place the root form will take place first. This is typically done by an oral surgeon. As part of the healing process, bone will grow around the artificial root. The crown is the prosthetic tooth that is above the gum line. Dr. Bender will place the crown on the root form, once it has healed. When the crown is in place you will have a brand new tooth that is a perfect match to your existing teeth.
Advantages of Dental Implants If you are missing only one tooth, a dental bridge is another very acceptable way of replacing that tooth. You may want to read our dental bridge vs. implant page to learn about the pros and cons of each choice. When there are multiple teeth missing, the advantages of dental implants are compelling. They are much stronger and more durable than removable partials and full dentures. Implants are truly a permanent solution for missing teeth. And because the crown that is placed on the root is custom made to match your existing teeth, dental implants look very natural. It can be difficult to tell that the replacement tooth isn’t real. When multiple teeth are replaced, more than one implant will be placed, and these will be used to attach a bridge or dentures. Used this way, implants can provide you with replacement teeth that are far more comfortable and long lasting than removable devices. This is particularly true when used as a substitute for a full set of removable dentures. When you lose all of your teeth you also begin to gradually lose the bone that supports the teeth. This results in the serious condition that is known as facial collapse. Facial collapse is the reason that denture wearers find that over time their dentures just don’t fit anymore. With the loss of jawbone, this can result in the inability to wear dentures at all. Dental implants prevent bone loss, which means you won’t risk becoming a dental cripple due to facial collapse. Click here to learn more about facial collapse. There are some disadvantages to dental implants. There is healing time required after the placement of the tooth root. Dental implants will be generally more expensive than removable appliances. However, in the long run, many patients find that implants are extremely cost effective, since they do not require the cost to replace bridges or dentures that wear out or lose their fit as bone loss occurs. And the quality of life for patients who have lost all of their teeth is dramatically better.
Will Dental Implants Work for You? If you are in good general health, and you need to have teeth replaced, then chances are you are a good candidate for dental implants. Your jaw needs to have enough bone present in which to place the root, but even when there is already serious bone loss, grafting can be done to prepare your jaw for the implants. Another important factor is your willingness to take care of your oral health once they are in place. To get the full benefit of your new teeth you need to follow a good home care routine. This will keep your mouth in good shape and help them last longer. There are certain chronic conditions such as diabetes, hemophilia, and immune-deficiency diseases that may make you a high risk candidate. It is best to discuss this with Dr. Bender since the severity of your condition is an important element in determining risk. Smoking and alcohol use are factors which can lead to the failure of implants. Dental implants may be just the solution you’ve been looking for to replace your missing teeth. Dr. Bender will be happy to answer any questions you might have and provide you with information on whether or not they are right for you. Call our office today to set up a consultation or request an appointment here.