Dental implants are one of the best replacement options for patients who have lost one tooth or several teeth. Whether teeth have declined due to damage, decay, a genetic issue, or even a facial injury, this versatile treatment can be used to restore oral function and aesthetics. They are an appealing option because they completely restore the missing tooth, from root to crown. The design can be used to restore a single tooth, replace multiple teeth as part of a bridge, or even support a full arch of missing teeth.
At Oral Surgery Specialists of Oklahoma, our highly skilled surgeons are experts in tooth restoration and perform this treatment routinely in our practice. Drs. Robert Bryan and Jeremy Goodson are specialists in the placement of dental implants and have undergone extensive training to complete this procedure at our office in Oklahoma City, OK.
What are dental implants?
They are a three-part appliance used to restore missing teeth. Their unique design mimics the structure of natural teeth and provides the support needed to chew, speak, and smile with ease.
- The titanium post is the first piece placed in the mouth and acts in the same manner as the missing tooth root. It integrates with the jaw during the healing period and continues to stimulate jaw growth and health throughout the life of the implant.
- The abutment is the second part, and it attaches the post to the prosthetic crown. Sometimes the abutment can be attached during the placement of the most, but typically it is placed with the crown.
- The crown is custom-made to blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth, looking just like a natural tooth. When the post has healed, the crown is placed and secured to the post. Once complete, the dental implants can last a lifetime with good oral hygiene and routine dental checkups.
The Placement Procedure
The first step in the restoration process is to see Drs. Bryan and Goodson for an initial consultation. During this appointment, we will present you with all your options for tooth replacement and assist you in making the best decision to meet your oral health goals. We will complete a thorough oral examination and X-ray evaluation of the missing tooth site to develop a personalized treatment plan for your procedure.
In some circumstances, patients require additional procedures, such as tooth extraction or bone grafting, to prepare the mouth for placement. When this is the case, a separate procedure is performed before placing the post. During the first surgical procedure, the oral surgeon places the implant post into the missing tooth socket. We offer a broad range of sedation options to make patients feel comfortable throughout this surgery.
During the healing period, the post integrates with the jaw bone, creating a sturdy base for the rest of the restoration. This allows patients to function as though they have natural teeth, chewing tough foods like steak, biting into apples, and cleaning their teeth with routine dental hygiene habits. When the implants have integrated with the bone fully, the restorative dentist will fabricate the final crown, place it in the mouth, and secure it to the post using the abutment.
Dental Implants in Oklahoma City, OK
This treatment is one of the most successful restorative techniques used to replace missing, broken, or damaged teeth. They have become an attractive option for patients to consider because they look, feel, and act like natural, healthy teeth. And, when cared for properly, they can last a lifetime. If you are interested in this replacement option, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Bryan and Dr. Jeremy Goodson at our office in Oklahoma City, OK. We look forward to helping you regain confidence and restoring your smile at Oral Surgery Specialists of Oklahoma.