Dental implants are often considered the gold standard of tooth replacement. But there are various types of dental implants. Which one is the best to take care of your specific issue? Dr. Frank Henrich of Henrich Dental discusses the details of each type of Tulsa, OK dental implants.
A Thorough Consultation
If you have missing teeth that need to be replaced, you’ll first have a consultation with Dr. Henrich. He’ll be able to tell if you’re an ideal candidate for dental implants, as well as which type would be the right choice for you. Dr. Henrich uses advanced technology and digital imagery to determine the state of your jawbone for dental implant support, as well as where the ideal implant sites are for the implant posts themselves.
Dental Implant With Dental Crown
Most commonly, dental crowns are used as the final restoration for a dental implant. While this may be used for just a single missing tooth, it’s still important that you get that tooth replaced. One missing tooth can still cause your jawbone to deteriorate, put you at a higher risk for other dental problems, and make your teeth shift and become crooked.
A dental implant is an ideal choice for a single missing tooth. As with all dental implant procedures, Dr. Henrich will consult with local oral surgeons to place an implant post in your jaw. It will require about 3-6 months to heal and fuse with the jawbone. When this is finished, an abutment is attached to secure the dental crown to the implant post.
The dental crown itself will be specifically crafted to fit naturally in your smile. It’s designed to have the same shape and size as your natural teeth. The high-quality dental ceramic a crown is made out of can also be color-matched to the rest of your smile.
Dental Implants With Dental Bridge
A dental bridge is used to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth. One of the biggest downsides to a bridge is the toll it takes on the natural teeth anchoring it. It will also need to be replaced or readjusted down the line, as your jaw will continue to deteriorate. Dental implants spur regeneration in the jawbone and prevent your natural teeth from being used as anchors. It’s designed to need less maintenance.
Dental Implant Secured Denture
Removable dentures are often the solution that people think of when replacing an entire arch of missing teeth. However, removable dentures can also come with a lot of problems. They require adhesive to stay in the mouth and the diet must be limited because of limited bite function. With All-On-4 dentures, dental implants support a fixed denture, requiring no adhesive and providing quality bite function, all well supporting a healthy bone structure in the jaw.
Getting Dental Implants in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Can dental implants be the solution for your missing teeth? Call us or schedule a consultation online.