What are dental implants? FAQ's about getting dental implants

We don’t have to tell you how important your smile is. It’s one of the things that make you who you are so we know how upsetting it can be when yours isn’t in tiptop shape. Luckily, we have rarely met a dental flaw that we couldn’t set back on the straight and narrow. Even missing teeth! If you have been asking yourself if a dental implant is the right choice for you, we have your answers.

What is a dental implant?

Around since 1952, dental implants have now become the most typical procedure to replacing missing teeth. A dental implant is, for the most part, a screw that sits in the jawbone. Over the course of a few months, the implant will fuse with the bone in a process called “osseointegration." The implant then fills the role of the root of the missing tooth.

A majority of these implants, made from titanium, allow the body to not recognize it as a foreign object. Dental implants have come a long way since their conception in 1952. We can now enjoy a 98% success rate for dental implant procedures.

What is the procedure for getting a dental implant like?

If you have a missing tooth that you would like replaced, call our office at 918-212-8300 to schedule a consult. During this appointment, we will examine the area in question. If need be, we will perform x-rays and/or CT scans to determine the proper approach. Then, we will examine the jawbone to determine if more bone is needed to the site. Once we have determined if you are a dental implant candidate, we will schedule a time for you to return for the procedure.

During the surgical appointment, a local anesthetic is given to numb the area. Next, if necessary, the tooth will be extracted. Most of the time, in this case, an “alveolar bone graft” will be placed in the area to give the implant a proper base. Then this site will be allowed to heal for two to six months. If the site does not have an existing tooth, but poor jawbone availability, a different kind of bone graft called “onlay bone graft” is used to provide a base. This procedure usually requires six months to heal or more. If adequate jawbone is present and a tooth doesn’t need to be extracted, the implant can usually be put in right away.

However, every patient and every case present different challenges and will require a personalized treatment plan.

Is a dental implant right for you?

Whether you are looking to replace a single tooth or an entire smile, dental implants are an ideal solution. They not only restore the appearance of a perfect smile but also keep all tooth function intact. When deciding whether you qualify for an implant, we will closely examine the area in question and assess the best treatment. For most, dental implants are an excellent option. This procedure provides a natural look without disrupting the adjacent teeth and allows for a quick recovery.

Speaking of recovery, is there any pain involved?

The procedure is usually performed under local anesthetic, so the surgery is completely painless. Afterward, the pain is comparable to a tooth extraction and many people find relief with over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol or Advil.

Do you think dental implants are right for you?

You’re in luck! We have a FREE seminar on Tuesday, September 18th at 5:30 pm. Call our office to schedule your consult today. We look forward to restoring your Perfect Smile!
Author
Mark M. Davis, DDS General and Cosmetic Dentist in Tulsa since 1982

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