Today’s modern dental implants can last a lifetime as they look and feel like natural teeth. While the technology behind the implant has changed, their function and purpose have not: they replace missing teeth. Replacing broken or missing teeth is easier than ever. We are pleased to provide dental implant options to our patients in Edmond and the surrounding area.
Why is it Important to Replace Missing Teeth?
One advantage of replacing missing teeth with implants is to reduce the likelihood of bone loss in the jaw. When a tooth is lost or damaged, there isn’t a root to support the jaw which can cause the bone surrounding in the area to shrink away. Implants help keep that bone intact.
Other reasons to replace missing teeth is to maintain the look and function of a full set of teeth, prevent the surrounding teeth from drifting out of position, and help with speech and eating.
What is a Dental Implant Made From?
Today’s implants consist of two main parts: the fixture (root) and the crown. The root is made from a titanium rod that is inserted into the bone of the jaw. The crown is attached to the titanium root using an abutment. Once in place, it can be virtually impossible to tell that a implant has been used.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Besides lasting a lifetime and looking like the rest of your teeth, implants can replace one or many missing teeth, thus saving the structure of the bone and function of the mouth for many patients. What’s more, dental implants can be used to secure dentures and make them more stable and predictable.
How Long Does the Dental Implant Process Take?
From start to finish, implants can take anywhere from 6 to 9 months depending on the recovery process and how quickly the titanium rod binds to the bones in a patient’s jaw. Once complete, the dental implant should last for many years.
Taking Care of Dental Implants
You will take care of your dental implant like you would your other teeth. Proper care and regular dental visits, will ensure the long-lasting nature of your dental implant. We are pleased to provide preventive maintenance services for dental implants in our office in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Proper hygiene is necessary and ongoing care is important to reduce the risk of infection, bone degradation, and more. When properly cared for, implants can last for the rest of your life. If you have concerns about your implant, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Book a Consultation Today
Call our office today at (405) 330-6020 to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants.