Dental implants are artificial tooth root replacements used to replace missing or damaged teeth. Implants can be used to support an individual dental crown, bridge, or denture, but they can also support a full-arch replacement prosthesis.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have many benefits, which include:
Dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth as they fuse with the jawbone.
Preserve Surrounding Teeth
Dental implants help preserve the surrounding teeth, keeping the jawbone healthy and preventing them from shifting.
The dental implant procedure can be completed in one appointment, using local anesthesia or sedation.
Preserve Jawbone Structure
Dental implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone. Once in place, the implant post fuses with the jawbone, replacing the missing tooth root and providing a solid and stable base for an artificial tooth. This also helps preserve the jawbone, which would otherwise deteriorate.
Improved Oral Health
Dental implants protect your overall oral health and help maintain it.
Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant procedure begins with administering anesthesia. The dental implant is surgically placed in the jawbone after making a small incision in the gums. The site is allowed to heal and the implant post is allowed to integrate with the bone for three to six months. Then, the abutment is attached, and an impression is taken and sent to a dental lab to create the crown, bridge, or denture.
Once the restoration is ready, the dentist places it on the abutment and checks for proper fitting.
Dental Implant Aftercare
You will have to protect the implant site until it heals by avoiding chewing on that side and refraining from smoking as it can affect the healing process. After that, dental implants require the same care your natural teeth do. Your at-home dental care regime should include regular brushing and flossing to prevent decay and gum disease.
J. Russell Danner, DDS, in Oklahoma City, OK, is equipped with the best dental team and modern technologies that enable us to deliver excellent care to our patients. Call us at 405-749-1676 to schedule an appointment today.