Restore Your Teeth with Dental Implants
Henrich Dental offers dental implants to patients in Tulsa, OK, who are missing teeth. Dr. Frank Henrich offers complete services for all types of dental implants under one roof. We can help you restore the look and function of your smile using dental implants and other restorative dentistry treatments. Dr. Henrich has advanced training in all aspects of dentistry and takes a comprehensive approach to your needs so that you can enjoy a stable and lasting outcome.
The dental implant process will depend on several factors and will fluctuate for each patient. Extractions, bone grafts, and the size and quantity of implants are factors that will impact your dental implant treatment plan. Every implant case will begin with a comprehensive evaluation. This is a necessary step because no two smiles are alike. Ultimately, you can expect our dentist to tailor your treatment plan to your unique issues. Keep reading to learn more about this revolutionary process.
The Dental Implant Process At Henrich Dental
The dental implant process involves many steps and some downtime. Since dental implants are a restoration that is essentially built-into your body, we must be very careful and pay close attention to detail. The three main phases of our process include: the initial evaluation phase, the surgical phase, and the completion phase. The following sections will elaborate on each phase. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at (918) 262-4731 or request an appointment to visit our office for an in-person meeting.
Evaluation and Treatment Planning
The first step in the process of getting a dental implant is visiting us for an exam and dental implant consult. During the consultation, our dentist in Tulsa will examine the condition of your oral health to determine if dental implants are right for you. To qualify for a dental implant, you will need to be in good health, have enough bone density in your jaw, not have gum disease, and not have other oral health issues that may prevent a successful result.
In general, the dental implant process will take place in 3 phases and lasts about 3 to 6 months. If you suffer from gum disease or require a bone graft, we will help you address those issues before our dentist can conduct the surgical phase of treatment.
When Dr. Henrich determines that dental implants are the right option for you, he will create a very specific treatment plan. With the use of state-of-the-art digital imaging at his Tulsa dental office, Dr. Henrich is able to create a 3D model to use 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 aid to enhance precision and improve the end result.
Your treatment plan will also include the cost, other necessary procedures, and the expected outcome. Furthermore, we will not begin any procedure until you approve the treatment plan.
Surgical Placement of the Implant
The next step in the process is preparing for the surgical phase of treatment. This includes surgically placing the implant(s), and gum or bone restoration procedures if necessary. Dr. Henrich strategically places your dental implants on the healthiest, strongest bone tissue to ensure that you get the best results.
A tiny titanium post that resembles a screw is the part of the implant that your dentist will place into your jaw bone. It will fuse with the jaw bone to create a permanent bond that will support natural bone regeneration.
Dr. Henrich may incorporate the use of autologous blood concentrates using your own blood to further stimulate the body’s natural healing process. Studies have shown that this matrix can shorten healing times and support the regrowth of healthy bone tissue. The healing process can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months. You may receive a temporary dental prosthetic while your mouth heals over the implant post.
Attachment of The Dental Restoration or Prosthetic
The final step is to complete the treatment by placing the final dental prosthetic on top of the implant post and abutment. The type of dental prosthetic that you will receive will depend on the amount of implants you got and how nay teeth we are replacing. While the dental implant is healing, our dental laboratory will fabricate either a new dental crown (to replace a single missing tooth), dental bridge (to replace a section of missing teeth), or denture (to replace the full top or bottom row of teeth) according to our specifications.
Once the dental implant has fully fused with your jaw bone, Dr. Henrich will attach the abutment to the implant post. Then he will secure the dental crown, dental bridge, or denture to the implant abutment to create a permanent restoration. Before you leave our dental office, we will make sure that the final result fits seamlessly with your smile and you are comfortable with it.
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