Dental implants are the most popular solution for replacing one or more missing teeth. The results look and function just like your natural teeth. One of the key benefits of a dental implant is its ability to help you maintain healthy jaw bone and structure. This is because the implant serves as a prosthetic tooth root, supporting a restoration such as a crown or bridge.
Dental implants can offer long term dental health benefits when compared to dentures as well as dental bridges. An implant can revitalize your entire smile, restore your ability to eat and speak, and you can clean and maintain it just like you would your natural teeth.
The three-part dental implant system mimics the natural ingenuity of the human tooth.
Whether you are missing a single tooth or a full arch of teeth, we will use dental implants to fully restore your smile. Dental implants are designed to replace missing teeth in the most natural way possible.
Dr. Henrich is an experienced restorative dentist in Tulsa. He offers complete dental implant services under one roof to help patients enjoy their optimal oral health. Dental implants help to maintain the health and structure of the bite. Implants fuse with the jaw bone creating a secure and permanent bond. The titanium posts help to stimulate natural bone regeneration for long-term stability and durable results.
Anatomy of a Dental Implant
The Dental Restoration- Dental restorations are the part of the dental crown system that looks and functions like a natural tooth. The type of dental restoration a patient receives will vary depending on the number and placement of missing teeth and the number and style of implants used. We custom-design the restoration using high-quality dental grade porcelain to match the patient’s adjacent teeth for a natural result.
The Abutment- The abutment is a small metal attachment that anchors the dental restoration to the dental implant. The abutment will protrude from the gum line so it can hold the restoration.
The Implant Post- Made of medical-grade titanium, the implant post is much like a tiny screw. In most cases, Dr. Henrich will surgically insert the post into the jaw bone in the comfort of our Tulsa office. The dental implant post takes 3-6 months to integrate with the jawbone. Once healed, the implant will help support natural bone regeneration and secure bite alignment.
3D Digital Planning
With the use of state of the art digital imaging, Dr. Henrich is able to create a 3-D model used for more precise treatment planning. The Kavo OP 3D CBCT creates lifelike digital models that help Dr. Henrich produce more accurate and secure implant results. These highly accurate models often result in less invasive surgery saving patients time and money. 3D imaging provides as an aid for precision, improving the end result.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The first step in this process involves implanting a titanium “root.” We use titanium because it is strong, and lightweight, and your jawbone will actually fuse right to it. Once the bone has healed around it, the connection will be as strong as your normal roots.
We will then place an abutment on top of the titanium, which will hold the porcelain crown. This crown will look just like your natural teeth, and will only fit in your mouth. It will be indistinguishable when you smile, and it will let you eat all your favorite foods.
Dental Implants: Questions and Answers
What type of dental restoration will I need?
The type of prosthesis you will need depends on how many teeth you are missing and where they are located. We can replace a single missing tooth with a dental implant and crown. We will replace several consecutive missing teeth with a dental bridge that has at least two dental implants. A full denture with at least four implant fixtures can replace a whole row of missing teeth.
Are dental implants worth the investment?
A dental implant-supported restoration is the only solution that mimics the function, appearance, and feel of natural teeth. While they do cost more, they are more comfortable, require little extra care, will never fall out, allow you to eat more types of food, and will prevent bone loss. These advantages will let you live a normal life. You are investing in your quality of life and your health.
How do dental implants prevent bone loss?
A natural tooth root is responsible for stabilizing the tooth and providing stimulation for the jawbone so it can regenerate. Without the root, the bone gets little to no stimulation and will begin to deteriorate. Since a dental implant acts as a missing tooth root, it essentially prevents bone loss. When you chew or bite, it stimulates the jaw bone allowing it to regenerate and remain strong and healthy.
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Missing teeth can be very problematic. Your remaining teeth could start to shift positions or they might even start to come loose on their own. You might even start to notice changes in your facial appearance. Start now to preserve the bone structure and reduce the risk of further cavities and gum disease.
If you are looking for a long-term solution to replace missing teeth, contact our dentist in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Our dental care team provides comprehensive and personalized implant treatment plans to restore your oral health. Contact our Tulsa dentist office today.