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What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are restorative appliances that utilize innovative connecting pieces and technology to permanently restore your smile. These pieces include a titanium post, abutment, and dental crown. When you visit our team in Oklahoma City, OK for your implants, not only will you receive a custom-made crown but you’ll also receive a custom-made abutment; we’ll tell you more about this further down the page! Overall, implants are a miracle of modern dentistry that we are pleased to provide to you. If you are interested in dental implants to restore your missing teeth, please contact our office today!
The Implant Process
The process of planning and placing implants is one of our favorite things to do at Reflections Dental Care. We find joy in seeing how excited patients get when becoming familiar with their new smiles, and we also appreciate the unique technical aspects involved in each procedure. Just as every patient has a different smile, the process of placing their implants is also different! This may be due to the natural anatomy of their jawbone, the number of teeth they are missing, or the necessity for preliminary procedures. Below you will find an overview of what the process typically involves!
Before we get started planning your implant, we will first need to conduct a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. To do this, we will utilize our visual skills and CBCT scanner. Preliminary treatments may include the extraction of a tooth, restoring density to the jawbone, or treatment of gum disease.
Once any preliminary treatments are complete and out of the way, we will then begin the procedure by surgically placing the implant post. The implant post acts as a substitution for the tooth root; it is placed into the jawbone to anchor the remaining portion of the prosthetic in place and hold it stable. This implant post is made to last a lifetime and can easily withstand the regular chewing, biting, and speaking process, just as a regular tooth root.
After waiting a period of 12 weeks for the jawbone to heal and the implant to begin fusing to the bone, we can finally create the abutment. Our abutments are custom made to fit the individual patient by matching the precise size and shape of the tooth socket to simulate the appearance that the crown is emerging from the gum tissue rather than just sitting above it. We will take an impression of the implant site to ensure the custom abutment is perfect; this will be created in a lab and we will be ready to place it within one month. The abutment acts as a connection between the implant post and the dental crown, joining all pieces to create the full restoration.
Once we finally receive the abutment, it will be time to place this piece, as well as the crown. First, the abutment will be connected to the post. Once this is in place, we will have your custom-made crown developed by our CEREC machine. Within the hour, this final piece will either be cemented or screwed into place. This finalizes the entire dental implant and brings you a near-perfect new smile.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the closest thing you can find to an actual tooth. They do more than just restore appearance and function, but they make your jawbone and surrounding teeth healthier. The implant post provides healthy stimulation to your jawbone, encouraging continuous growth, strength, and regeneration of supporting ligaments and bone tissue. This is something that dentures or bridges simply aren’t capable of. The implant also keeps surrounding teeth firmly in position and prevents them from navigating away from their sockets and becoming lose. Other benefits include:
- Improved appearance
- Restore chewing
- Easy maintenance
The Cost of Dental Implants
We know you’re probably excited about the idea of planning and placing your new implant, but a common question we come across is regarding the cost of the implant procedure. Unfortunately, we are not able to determine an exact cost for you due to the numerous factors that may impact expense. To determine an accurate estimate for you, we can provide you with this information after examining your mouth for preliminary treatment needs.
Are Dental Implants Right for you?
Dental implants are incredible appliances, capable of withstanding much of the daily forces we utilize our natural teeth for every day. They are truly extraordinary and they make a great impact on the lives of our patients. But are they right for you?