Dental Implants – Oklahoma City, OK
Turn Back the Clock on Tooth Loss
For many patients here in the greater OKC community, the loss of one or more missing teeth is already a stark reality, whether it happens because of a shocking injury or long-term oral health concerns. At Joe Isaacson Dental, we’re not interested in passing judgment – we simply want to help you regain what’s been lost. That’s why Dr. Joe Isaacson offers dental implants, a truly revolutionary reconstructive service that’s seamlessly lifelike, highly functional, and built to last for decades. If you’re ready to turn back the clock on tooth loss, please don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule an initial consultation to learn more about dental implants in Oklahoma City.
Why Choose Joe Isaacson Dental for Dental Implants?
- Implants Placed & Restored in One Convenient Location
- State-of-the-Art Digital Technology for Precise Treatment Planning
- We Use Premier Ceramic Materials – No Metals!
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant recreates the entire tooth structure, including the root. The implant itself is a titanium post that is surgically placed into your jawbone to act as a new root for your lost tooth. A metal connector piece, called an abutment, is placed on top of the post to secure a custom-made restoration, which may be a crown, bridge, or denture.
Of all the tooth replacement options available today, dental implants are the closest thing to your natural teeth. As the only solution that replicates every part of the tooth rather than just sitting atop the gums, dental implants look, feel, and function much more like your original pearly whites than any alternatives. Because of their surgical placement in the jawbone, they can even last for a lifetime with the right aftercare. That’s why Dr. Isaacson often recommends dental implants for most suitable patients.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants succeed where other, more traditional tooth replacement services fall short because of one simple secret – in addition to the white crown we’re all familiar with, they also replace the root of the tooth that’s well-hidden beneath the gums. This root is essential because it provides stimulation to the jawbone and establishes a stable foundation for the tooth, resulting in long-term health improvement for the patient. Additional benefits of choosing dental implants for your tooth replacement include:
- Implant-supported restorations are highly attractive and very durable. They are so seamless in look and feel that you will likely not be able to distinguish them from natural teeth once they’re completed.
- Dental implants are very conservative and won’t require surrounding natural teeth to be heavily altered in any way.
- Implants are designed to last for several decades or even the rest of the patient’s life with the help of proper maintenance.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
Whether you have lost a single tooth or an entire mouthful, dental implants may still be the right service for replenishing your one-of-a-kind smile. Dr. Isaacson offers several styles of restorations for different dental circumstances:
Missing One Tooth
When our team is focused on filling a single gap, an all-ceramic crown can be paired with an individual implant. This approach will preserve the health of nearby natural teeth, and the new, aesthetic addition will blend right in with the rest of your smile without issue.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Implant-retained crowns can also be used to restore several teeth throughout the mouth, but a more cost-effective option may be an implant-retained bridge if the missing dental structure appeared consecutively in the mouth. This style of prosthetic relies on the support of two placed dental implants – one on either side of the gap we’re hoping to replenish.
Missing All Teeth
Implant dentures can be securely anchored in place over a small number of strategically angled implants, which makes this style of restoration more cost-effective while still providing a great degree of reliability and aesthetic value. Depending on the patient’s preferences, their new prosthetic can be permanently fixed in place or kept removable in nature if they’re already used to the convenient style of traditional dentures. We also offer All-on-4 implants for added convenience.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
There are several components to dental implant treatment, and no two patients have the exact same needs and circumstances. That’s why determining cost can be tricky before our team has performed an in-depth consultation. Once we better understand your current level of oral health, how many teeth need to be replaced, and what style of restoration is the ideal fit, our team members will be able to provide confident price estimates.
Dental implants may seem like a significant financial investment at first, but we assure you that the ends will more than justify the means. While more traditional services often require costly repairs and replacement over time, dental implants are designed to be successful for several decades, which means they truly pay for themselves.
Factors That Affect Dental Implant Cost
The following factors must be considered when determining the price of your dental implants:
Your Oral Health & the Strength of Your Jawbone
Tooth loss results in a lack of nutrients flowing to the jaw, causing it to gradually lose its strength and stability over time. Patients who have been missing teeth for a while may lack the sturdy foundation dental implants require for proper anchoring – but the odds of dental implant success can often be increased with a bone graft procedure. Having this preliminary surgery will increase the cost of your dental implants.
Location of the Missing Teeth
Because the front teeth require special tactics to preserve aesthetics, they can be more expensive to replace than a molar or premolar. However, a sinus lift is a special type of procedure that is often recommended before placing a dental implant in the upper molars. This will add to the cost of dental implants as well.
What the Dental Implants Are Made Of
The vast majority of dental implants are made from titanium, a biocompatible and affordable material that promotes the growth of bone tissue. Patients with metal sensitivities or allergies may require a ceramic or zirconia implant post, and these special materials tend to cost more.
How Many Dental Implants You Need
Because dental implants are individually priced, the number of teeth you are missing will play perhaps the most significant role in how much your implant procedure costs. But that does not always mean implants are always more expensive than a non-implant option. A single implant and a fixed bridge may cost about the same, for example.
Advanced Dental Implant Procedures
Just because you’re not initially a good candidate for dental implants doesn’t mean that you can never get them. Certain advanced procedures may be necessary beforehand to prepare your mouth. While these treatments will lengthen your dental implant timeline, they’re worth it because they’ll ensure that your new smile has the strong foundation it needs to last a lifetime. Here are some of the most common advanced dental implant procedures that our patients need:
When the jawbone deteriorates or has lost significant density, it will be necessary for you to have a bone graft prior to receiving dental implants. One of the leading causes of tooth and bone loss is periodontal disease (gum disease). When bacteria builds and plaque begins to form underneath the gum line, you will begin to suffer from periodontitis, which can cause bleeding gums and eventually tooth and bone loss. Once your tooth falls out and you need a replacement, your bone may not be strong enough to support a dental implant. In order to make dental implants a possibility, a bone graft might be necessary.
During the procedure, your dentist in Oklahoma City will incorporate grafting material (bone minerals) into the area needing additional support. These minerals encourage your body to deposit new bone cells and rebuild your jawbone so it can provide the necessary support for dental implants.
Once your procedure is completed, you can expect the healing process to take three to six months. This will depend on how much bone needs to be replaced. At that time, Dr. Isaacson will evaluate your mouth and determine if it’s appropriate to begin dental implant placement.
Maybe it’s not bone loss that’s keeping you from being able to have dental implants. It can be that your sinuses are the problem. If the sinus cavity is too close to your jaw, this can impede your dental implant placement. In situations like this, Dr. Isaacson will suggest a sinus lift.
If it is discovered that you need additional bone, Dr. Isaacson will add grafting material as well as lift your sinus up and out of the way. This will generally require four to nine months of healing, but once he feels confident that you are fully healed from your procedure, you’ll be preparing for successful dental implant placement in no time.
Dental Implant FAQs
Dental implants allow you to make an excellent decision for your oral health and quality of life by replacing your missing teeth. Due to the materials and process used, they are able to look and function in a very natural way. However, while you know that they are beneficial, you likely still have some questions about the procedure before you can make your final decision. To help you make an educated choice, Dr. Joe Isaacson has the answers you need to some of the most common dental implant questions.
How Successful Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the most successful and reliable solution to treat tooth loss. In fact, they offer over a 95% 10-year success rate. With the right aftercare, like maintaining your oral hygiene and visiting your dentist, they have the potential to last for a lifetime.
Can Dental Implants Stop Jawbone Loss?
When a tooth is lost, the underlying jawbone is no longer stimulated. As a result, it begins to lose density, which can lead to additional tooth loss and facial deformities in the future. Dental implants are the only option to replace missing teeth that can stop bone recession.
By surgically placing the implant post into the jawbone, it stimulates the structure to encourage new bone growth. This preserves your bone density to protect any remaining natural teeth as well as your facial structures.
How Many Teeth Can Dental Implants Replace?
In eligible patients, dental implants can be used to treat all cases of tooth loss. To replace a single tooth, an implant post, an abutment, and a dental crown are used to fill the space. If several teeth are missing, they can be used as an alternative to a traditional bridge or partial denture. The prosthetic teeth will be held in place using an average of one to two implant posts.
Dental implants can also be used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. A denture is created that is similar to a traditional one; however, instead of using suction or an adhesive to hold it in place, an average of four to six implant posts are used.
Will I Have to See a Specialist to Get Dental Implants?
Many general dentists have to refer their patients to outside specialists for the surgical components of dental implant care, which results in added travel time and cost. At Joe Isaacson Dental, we are happy to offer a truly comprehensive care experience in just one location. Dr. Joe Isaacson has the specialty training and proven experience needed to personally oversee every stage of your reconstructive process, from initial planning to surgical implantation of the implant(s) to the creation of a custom, high-quality restoration that exceeds expectations.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Generally, if you have good oral and general health, you are a candidate for the dental implant procedure. To ensure that your risk factors for the treatment are minimal, your medical and lifestyle history will be discussed to look for issues that may hinder your body’s ability to heal and fight infections.
Dental Implant Salvage
Dental implants are extremely unlikely to fail, but occasionally, the posts might fail to join with the jawbone, or the area around them might become infected. In this case, we may need to remove the implant in order to treat the underlying issue; this often means encouraging the growth of new bone and removing plaque or tartar that could be causing problems. Once the area is healthy again, we may be able to try and place a new dental implant.