What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants consist of three major parts:
|•||The implant: Your implant is usually made from titanium and serves as the root of the prosthesis. The implant is surgically embedded into the jawbone and fuses to the bone during the process of osseointegration.
|•||The abutment: A support structure, made from titanium or zirconia, that links the implant to the restoration. Zirconia abutments have become increasingly popular because of superior aesthetics. The abutment is typically placed after osseointegration is complete. The abutment cannot be placed until your jawbone is strong enough to support a restoration. However, the abutment can be placed at the same time as the implant in certain circumstances.
|•||The restoration: A prosthesis, typically made from porcelain or zirconia, that fills the place of a missing tooth. The prosthesis is fabricated in a dental laboratory using an impression of your mouth. These days, implants can support a wide variety of restorations, from a single crown to an entire arch of missing teeth.|
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How to Prepare for Dental Implants
Because dental implants require one or more surgical procedures, it is important to take the proper steps of preparation.
During your consultation visit, our dentists will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate for dental implants. This includes a comprehensive dental exam with x-rays, and models of your teeth and mouth. Next, we will develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your situation. Your treatment plan will focus on the condition of your jawbone, and the number of teeth that need to be replaced. To receive a dental implant, you must have a structurally sound jawbone. If your bone is too thin or too soft, you may need to undergo a bone graft before implantation is possible. The success of your implant depends on osseointegration, which requires adequate bone.
Be sure to tell our dentists about any medical conditions, including heart conditions, orthopedic implants, and any medications you may be taking. These factors need to be addressed before surgery as they may affect the success of your implant.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have become the gold standard for tooth loss treatment because of their many benefits, some of which include:
|•||Superior aesthetics: Implant-supported restorations look and feel just like your natural teeth. Porcelain and zirconia can be shaped to match the texture of natural teeth and possess the same light-reflecting properties as enamel.
|•||Superior Function: Implant-supported restorations will function just like your natural teeth. Unlike removable restorations, implants will never slip while you chew, speak, or laugh. Because the implant becomes a part of your bone, you are also able to eat your favorite foods with confidence and comfort. Except implant-supported bridges, your implant can also be cleaned and maintained just like your regular teeth.
|•||Superior comfort: Implants also eliminate the discomfort associated with partial and full dentures.
|•||Superior oral health: Implants are the only restoration that prevents future bone loss and encourages better oral health. Also, the restoration does not affect your surrounding teeth.|
Placement of the Dental Implant
Placing the Abutment
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If you are interested in dental implants, call Tulsa: (539) 302-3266 Claremore: (918) 343-4300, and schedule a consultation now!