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Oklahoma City Dental Implants

A dental implant is a permanent replacement for a missing tooth. You can have one implant or an entire set of implants. The implant is a small titanium root form that substitutes as your tooth root. A prosthetic tooth is placed on top of it, giving you a very secure tooth replacement. You can do anything with dental implants that you would do with your own natural teeth. They look completely natural as well. No one will be able to tell your teeth are false.

How Dental Implants Work

A diagram of a dental implant.

The first part of the dental implant procedure is to have the root form— a small titanium screw— surgically placed into the jawbone. This part is done by an oral surgeon. We have two surgeons we work closely with. There is a healing time that will be necessary after the surgery. During this time the bone needs to grow around the root form in order to give it the same support structure your natural tooth root would have. This process is called osseointegration.

Once the healing process is completed, a crown is placed on top of the new root. This serves as your new tooth. You'll be able to do anything with your new implant that you could do with your own teeth.

Advantages of Dental Implants

If you are only missing one tooth, you may want to consider having a dental bridge put in. You can learn more about that on our dental bridge versus implant page. When there are multiple missing teeth there are more advantages to getting dental implants. You won't have to worry about dentures falling out at embarrassing times. Plus, you can eat whatever you want without food getting under your dentures. Probably the strongest advantage of having dental implants is that you don't risk having your jawbone being re-absorbed into your body, a natural process that happens whenever you have missing teeth.

If you are interested in learning if you're a candidate for dental implants, you may call our office to schedule an appointment, or you can click here to request an appointment online.