Dental Implants in Oklahoma City
By the age of 35 in the U.S. 60% of individuals have lost a permanent tooth in some manner. The culprits can be tooth decay, hygiene habits, or an unfortunate accident but tooth loss does not have to be stressful. A dental implant is a tooth replacement solution that can be a building block to preserve and strengthen an area of your mouth where you have missing teeth. At Crossroads Family Dentistry our team prioritizes maintaining optimal oral health and preserving natural tooth structure.
Dental Implants were pioneered over 35 years ago and changed the way dentists and oral surgeons challenged singular or multiple tooth loss. Dental implants are small titanium posts inserted into your jaw bone. Once you have a custom crown and abutment (a connector between the implant and crown) you will have a restoration that allows you to chew and function, and restore your smile. A dentalimplant also helps maintain the bone in your jaw which other tooth replacement options such as bridges or partial dentures do not do. A dental implant is the best solution for a missing tooth.
More Than an OK Investment
Dental Implants have a number of beneficial features for the present and future status of your lifestyle;
Dental Implants (once healed and restored) increase biting capacity and remove the pain and inconvenience previously had with the extracted or missing tooth.
There are no changes to your hygiene or diet once healed.
Our team of dentists can use dental implants as a base for bridges, crowns, partials or even full dentures if they are part of your dental plan at some point in your life.
The Dental Implant Process
Each treatment varies depending on the patient, but the average treatment time start to finish is 3-6 months. Don't worry, we have temporary tooth replacement option for the interim, and you do not have to be without teeth! The foundation of the implant depends on the amount of healthy bone present in your jaw.The length of the implant process depends on whether the teeth are missing and the health and amount of bone present.
In most scenarios the dental implant, a small titanium screw, is placed within the parameters of where the root of the tooth was previously in your jaw. Usually a healing cap is placed for a period of time and you are given a temporary tooth replacement option during the healing phase. Many patients that have gone through the implant process only need over the counter pain medications after the procedure due to minimal discomfort.
The Team at Crossroads Family Dentistry
Dr. Underwood, Dr. Dais, Dr. Faulconer, and the team at Crossroads Family Dentistry love to keep the Oklahoma City area smiling with a conservative approach. Our goal is always to provide the highest quality treatment and education to our patients. If you have any questions regarding dental implants or want to know your options for restoring your smile. Call today to schedule your appointment (405) 631-0322.