Oklahoma City Dental Implants
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants use tiny titanium supports to replace the root of a missing tooth before the implant is attached. After that, your gums are folded around the implant to make it look as natural as possible. In the immediate aftermath of your procedure, you may be given a dental crown or dental bridge, but over time the implant will fuse with the bone.
The implant restorations are created to match the look and feel of the original tooth nearly to perfection. When the final implant is put in place you’ll have an all-new smile with a totally reconstructed tooth – from root to crown – in place!
In some cases, a dental implant may not be an option to replace a missing tooth. If that’s the case for you, Dr. Grace will go over other options that fit your budget and lifestyle. In other cases, an implant may be an option but not just yet due to bone loss. If this is the case, she may recommend bone grafting.
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Restore Bone Deterioration With Bone Grafting
Over the years the jaw bone can deteriorate, so patients with poor quality or a low quantity of healthy bone will need to have their bone “built-up” prior to an implant. Bone grafting is a process for growing or recreating bone where it once was. Unlike in the past when bone was taken from another part of the body and used in the jaw bone, today carefully engineered bone substitutes can be used. Your doctor will take this bone graft and apply it to the necessary places on your jaw to help build up its strength.
Once the bone graft is completed, you may be a candidate to get a dental implant placed after all. There are instances where the graft may be applied at the time of implant placement but this is at the doctor’s discretion of what will be best for success.
Other Types of Implants
Implant Supported Bridges
For patients who may be missing one or more adjacent teeth, implant-supported bridges can be a great replacement option. Implants are much stronger and may be recommended by your dentist over traditional dental bridges. Depending on the damage of surrounding teeth and gums, implant supported bridges may even save patients from full or partial dentures.
Get back to eating the foods you enjoy, and increase your self confidence with implant supported bridges.
Implant Supported Dentures
For a mouth missing most or all of its teeth, implant-supported dentures could be the ideal solution. These dentures are connected to dental implants that secure the dentures in place, unlike traditional dentures that sit on the gums surface.
The right candidate for implant-supported dentures is a patient with minimal teeth but healthy bone structure. Once the implant-supported dentures are in place, they feel more stable than a normal denture since the implants that hold them in place fuse over time with the jaw bone.
Mini Dental Implants
There is a less invasive option for people missing one or more teeth – mini dental implants. Mini implants are about half the size of traditional implants but do essentially the same thing, replacing the root of your tooth, then stabilizing an implant or implant-supported denture. Because the implants are fused to your jaw bone, the replacement teeth stay securely in place and won’t slip during eating or speaking. Mini dental implants typically last for 10 to 20 years, and they’re ready to use almost immediately after surgery.
Smile Restoration Consultation
Dental implants, mini dental implants, and implant-supported dentures are often the preferred methods for teeth replacement in Oklahoma City. These restorations don’t shift or slip the way traditional dentures do. Replacing your teeth is a big decision, but typically never a regretful one. Contact Grace Dentistry for a consultation on tooth replacement options and dental implants in OKC.