Dental Implant-Supported Tooth Replacements in Tulsa, OK
A dental implant is a titanium post placed below the gum lime. It acts as a tooth root and allows us to place an individual tooth, place a bridge when one could not be previously placed, or used as a connector for a partial or complete denture.
At RDG we are able to complete the whole process in our office. With our 3D imaging we are able to treatment plan your case here without having to go to an expensive imagining center. We also place the implants, also avoiding a tip to the specialist. This new makes the whole process much simpler, with fewer appointments, fewer steps and less cost.
If you’re interested in implant-supported smile restoration in Tulsa, Sapulpa, and surrounding communities, contact Rogers Dental Group team today.
The Dental Implant Process
Dental implants are titanium posts placed below the gum line that mimic the roots of teeth. To replace missing teeth with dental implants, patients undergo a three step process: preparation, placement, and restorations.
Before dental implants are placed, our team removes damaged teeth and uses our advanced 3D imaging to determine the best location to place the titanium implant post in order to provide optimal support for teeth. Dental impressions are taken and sent to our dental lab where a customized prosthetic is crafted.
Once patients are prepared, we surgically place small, titanium implant posts. These implants resemble a screw and are placed into the gum line with a small incision. Following placement, patients need to wait for the gums to heal and for the supportive alveolar bone to regrow and fuse with the implant, mimicking the natural root function. This process, also known as osseointegration, can take between three and six months.
After the implant fuses to the bone and the dental lab returns the custom restoration, patients return to have their replacement tooth or teeth connected. They can choose between a permanently attached restoration or a removable one.
Benefits of Dental Implant Restorations
- Retain more natural bone and gum tissue by replacing the root structure that stimulates jawbone density and supports gums
- Restore up to 70% of chewing function, compared with traditional dentures
- No need to damage healthy teeth to replace a missing tooth, as is necessary with crown-supported fixed bridges
- More natural looking and feeling