February 14, 2017
For many patients, having one or more missing teeth is a harsh reality that they must face every day. Despite how the tooth loss took place—whether it be because of an injury or poor oral hygiene—replacing what you have lost is important. A gapped smile is just as poor for your oral health as a damaged or infected one. The office of Dr. Joe Isaacson understands the importance of having every slot in your smile filled, ensuring full functionality. One of the best ways to replace a single or entire row of teeth is with dental implants in Oklahoma City.
What are dental implants?
Tooth replacement options in the past have only addressed the parts of teeth that were visible above the gum line. With the developments we have made today, we’re able to replace both the root (below the gum line) and the crown (above the gum line) of a dying or lost tooth. Dental implants are small, titanium posts that mimic the root of your tooth, restoring the health of your jawbone. Titanium is a metal that is biocompatible, meaning that your body can adjust to it easily with a process called osseointegration. Our dentist will then attach a prosthetic tooth to your dental implant. This way, we will have provided a tooth replacement option that can last you for years with the proper care!
How are dental implants placed?
The first step to getting your dental implants in OKC would be to meet with one of our dentists. We must first determine whether your jaw bone is strong enough to hold your implant properly. Once you and our dentists have agreed that dental implants are the right choice for you, the first phase includes the surgical placement of your implant posts within your jawbone. This sounds intimidating, but our patients feel comfortable. Our patients undergo sedatives to make the surgical portion of the procedure practically painless.
After your implants have been placed, your jawbone and gums will naturally fuse to your implant, mimicking the original lost tooth root. Once your body has adjusted, you will return to our office to attach the prosthetic teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
The versatility that dental implants offers can restore the structure of your smile. Parallelly, you will begin to feel confident in your smile once again. Implant-retained prosthetics, such as bridges or dentures, can be attached securely to a patient’s smile with the help of only a few implants. That’s right! Your dentist can significantly reduce dental care costs for multiple implants, prosthetics, and other restorations while still providing the same awesome benefits. Some other positive things about dental implants include:
- Ability to blend well with the rest of your smile with tooth-colored restorations.
- No abrupt changes in your dental hygiene routine, your restorations can be cared for just as regular teeth.
- Durable restorations built to last the rest of our patient’s lives with the proper care and regular checkups.
If adequate bone density is still present in your jaw bone, you may be a good candidate for dental implants. You will soon be able to speak, eat, and smile confidently with implant supported teeth that function and look like natural teeth. As an implant dentist, Dr. Isaacson provides excellent implants for patients from Oklahoma City, Edmond, Yukon, Mustang, and beyond. Call us today to get started on restoring your smile.
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