What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a high-tech solution for patients with missing teeth.

When you invest in a dental implant you get a prosthetic tooth whose performance is identical to your original tooth. This means you can speak and eat normally. It also means that nobody ever has to know that you ever had a missing tooth in the first place.

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To understand dental implants, you must first understand the anatomy of your teeth.

Your tooth consists of two parts:

The crown is the part you think of as your tooth. The white exterior tooth responsible for tearing into your food.

The root holds that crown in place.  When you replace a missing tooth, you have to replace both parts.

Of the two components, the root is actually the most important part. Losing the root means losing your gums. It also means losing part of your jawbone.

Without a root, a replacement crown would have nowhere to go.

Thus, a dental implant requires us to insert a titanium post that will serve as a new root. Titanium is perfect for the job. It’s strong, biologically inert, and time-honored (surgeons have used titanium for replacement joints for decades).  Given time, your jawbone will accept the new root and grow around it in a process called osseointegration. At that point, it’s time to replace the crown.

Here, we’ll affix a crown to the new root. This is similar to any other crown procedure that we might use to correct a broken or misshapen tooth, except that we’re affixing the crown to an abutment on the titanium root instead of to the remains of your natural teeth, as we would with a simple crown procedure.

The crown looks exactly like a real tooth. Few people can tell the difference just by looking. In fact, it will even feel like your tooth has been fully restored.

Dental implants are an ideal tooth replacement procedure. They are a stable, permanent alternative to dentures or bridges. They do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. They also last a lifetime so long as you take care of them. It’s like gaining a second chance to keep all of your teeth! We are committed to providing modern dental solutions for our patients in Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (405) 896-9674 or request an appointment online.

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