Studies have found that millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss mostly due to tooth decay. For years the only treatments available for missing teeth were bridges and dentures. But, today, dental implants are available. Dental Implant in Broken Arrow is a procedure that replaces the tooth root with a metal screw and replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function like a real one. Our Broken Arrow Dentist Dr. Todd Gentling is very excited to offer the Any Ridge Implant System by MEGA'GEN to the patients of Broken Arrow, OK.
Dental Implants are a titanium post that is positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line that allows our dentist to mount replacement teeth into that area. It provides a strong foundation for fixed or removable teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
Dental implants are comprised of three parts:
Crown: It's a tooth-like part of an implant made up of ceramic material designed to look like a natural tooth.
Connector: It's also called an abutment, used to secure the tooth-like crown of the implant to its base, and it comes in hexagonal or octagonal.
Base: A titanium screw that fuses with natural bone to provide a safe and stable base.
Our Broken Arrow Implant Dentist Dr. Todd Gentling has placed several implants and will explain the details of the implant procedure. We routinely use Dental Implants in Broken Arrow to replace single and multiple missing teeth. Dental implant technology has become a state-of-the-art tooth-replacement solution because of its advantages.
There are many benefits of Dental Implants, including:
Behave Like Natural Teeth: The biggest advantage of dental implants is that it restores the chewing power. Most of the patients can't differentiate between the natural teeth and the implant tooth.
Long-Lasting and Reliable: With proper care and maintenance dental implants can last as long as conventional restoration on teeth.
Prevent Bone Loss: When there is no tooth place in the empty-space of the jaw bone, it gets deteriorates due to lack of stimulation. If an implant is not placed in the first year of losing a tooth, then the bone area loses 25% of its volume.
Improved Ability to eat and Chew: Dental implant is placed in your jaw bone just like a natural tooth. These help to preserve the jawbone reduce bone resorption, allow chewing your food better and speaking more clearly.
Improved Oral Health: Dental implant improves your oral health by:
Protecting Bone Density.
Improving Periodontal Health.
Reducing the Risk of Cavities.
Prevent Denture-Related Issues.
Stop Teeth from Shifting.
The way dental implants are placed depends on the anatomy of your bone structure, the type of implant being used, and the tooth being replaced. Some implant treatment requires two to three appointments and can take up to a year to complete. The steps for dental implant procedure are:
Initial Consultation: Our Implant Dentist in Broken Arrow Dr. Todd Gentling starts with an initial consultation. During this appointment, a comprehensive dental exam is done. An x-ray of your mouth and an impression of your teeth are taken. Later our Broken Arrow Implant Dentist will talk about the treatment plan, steps of the procedure, time frame, and recovery part.
Bone Graft: If your jaw bone isn't thick enough or is too soft, you may require a bone graft before the dental implant surgery. It's because of the chewing action of your mouth exerts great pressure on your bone, and if it can't support the implant then the surgery would likely fail. That's the reason a bone graft is required to create a more solid base for Dental Implants in Broken Arrow, OK. If you had a bone graft, it can take 4-12 months before the jaw is ready for the first implant.
Dental Implant Placement: During the placement of Dental Implants in Broken Arrow, our Implant Dentist makes a cut to open your gum and expose the bone. Then holes are drilled into the bone where the metal post is being placed. This procedure takes 1-2 hours and you’ll be asleep thanks to anesthesia.
Placing The Temporary Crown: After the implant has been placed into your jawbone a temporary crown is placed on the head of the implant. These help to guide the gum tissue in the proper way to heal and keep the gums away from the implant.
Placing The Abutment: Once the temporary crown has placed an abutment is screwed into the implant and will support the crown. To place the abutment our Oral Surgeon reopens your gum to expose the dental implant. The abutment is attached to the dental implant. And, the gum tissue is then closed around, but not over the abutment. After the abutment is placed, your gums must heal for about two weeks before the permanent crown is placed.
Placing The Permanent Crown: Now at the final stage of the procedure, a crown which is the tooth-looking part is screwed or cemented onto the abutment. As for crowns go, there are two main types of crowns:
Removable Crown: Removable crown is white with pink plastic material to stimulate a natural tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. It's usually mounted on a metal frame and can be removed for daily cleaning.
Fixed Crown: With a fixed crown, an artificial tooth either screws into the abutment or is cemented on. Once placed you will not be able to remove these crown for cleaning. This fixed crown is much stronger and stable than the removable crown.
After The Procedure: After undergoing the dental implant surgery you may experience some of the typical discomforts such as:
Swelling of gums and face.
Bruising of skin and gums.
Pain at the implant site.
Most of the Dental Implants Treatment in Broken Arrow is successful and there are few tips to help ensure success and make your implant last.
Good Oral Hygiene: Practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and floss once daily.
Avoid Chewing Hard Foods: Don't chew hard items such as ice and hard candy as they can break the crown and your natural teeth.
Visit Your Dentist: Dental cleaning and exams for every six months can ensure your implant in good condition.
Know more about extracting or replacing single or multiple missing teeth by scheduling an appointment at our dental clinic in Broken Arrow or call us at 918-251-8141.