Dental implants offer a revolutionary approach to treating tooth loss. These prosthetics replace the missing roots of teeth and therefore can support a variety of restorations and prosthetics. Conventional tooth replacement methods only address the loss of visible tooth structure, not their roots.
By offering a structurally complete treatment option, patients with stabilized dental implants enjoy lifelike oral function with durable and long-lasting prosthetics. Our oral surgeon embeds dental implants directly into the jawbone where the roots of teeth once were. Once bone stabilizes implants, they will be locked in place for decades to come.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are made from titanium, which is a biocompatible metal. The body will not reject titanium as a foreign object, therefore making implants suitable for replacing hard tissue like bone and teeth. In fact, the jawbone will literally fuse to the titanium implant the same way it integrates to the roots of healthy teeth.
Implants have a screw-like appearance. They have a cylindrical shape with a tapered end and another with an abutment. The abutment on implants attaches restorations and prosthetics to complete the tooth restoration process.
Restorations and Prosthetics Attached to Dental Implants
Dental implants can hold a variety of prosthetics and restorations. For single tooth replacement, an implant will hold a dental crown. A series of strategically placed implants could support a dental bridge or full/partial dentures.
When restorations and prosthetics are attached to dental implants, patients enjoy full oral function with replacement teeth that won’t move or slide during meals or speaking. This tooth replacement method is low maintenance, too. People will brush and floss as normal and messy adhesives are not necessary to hold replacement teeth in place.
Scheduling an Implant Dentistry Consultation
While this method of replacing teeth can help a great deal of people, it isn‘t right for everyone. The only way to determine if dental implants meet your needs is to schedule a consultation with a qualified dental implant provider. This evaluation includes an oral examination with X-rays. A consultation is a great time to ask questions or address concerns about the procedure.
Call Central Oklahoma Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates today to reserve an appointment with one of our skilled oral surgeons.