A dental implant is a titanium post that replaces the root of a tooth. The post is surgically implanted into the jawbone, where it fuses with the bone over time. Once the implant fuses the bone, an abutment is attached to the post, and a dental crown is placed on top. The result is a natural-looking restoration that looks and functions like a natural tooth.
At J. Russell Danner DDS, dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss, and they offer many benefits over traditional dentures or bridges. Unlike dentures, dental implants do not slip or cause discomfort. They also do not require any special care other than regular brushing and flossing. And unlike bridges, implants do not affect the surrounding teeth.
The ideal candidates for dental implants are people who have good oral health. This includes healthy gums and enough bone structure to support the implants. Our dentist in Oklahoma City, OK, will examine your mouth to determine if your teeth and gums are healthy enough for the procedure. If they are not, you may need to undergo treatment to improve your oral condition before you can have dental implants placed.
Additionally, it would help if you had sufficient jawbone density for the implant to fuse with the bone. If you do not have enough bone density, our dentist may recommend bone grafting surgery to build up the bone in your jaw.
Finally, it would help if you were committed to maintaining oral health. This means brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing daily, and seeing your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. If you smoke or use tobacco products, you must quit before getting dental implants. Smoking can interfere with the healing process and lead to implant failure.
Dental implants are an excellent option for patients who want to improve their smile and quality of life. If you are considering dental implants, visit J. Russell Danner DDS at 4514 Memorial Circle, Suite A, Oklahoma City, OK 73142, United States, or call 405-749-1676 to see if they are right.