If you’re missing one or more teeth, dental implants offer a permanent replacement option. This advanced treatment is available from James Brunson, DDS, Golnaz Naghdi, DDS, and Jennifer Holman, RDH, of Hometown Dental in Yukon, Oklahoma. Book a consultation today to learn if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, or schedule online in just moments.
When thinking about missing teeth, most people only consider the aesthetic implications. While it’s certainly true that one or more missing teeth can make it hard to feel comfortable about the appearance of your smile, there are also serious dental health issues to consider.
Each of your natural teeth is securely anchored in the underlying bone tissue. When you bite or chew, that bone is stimulated, keeping it healthy and strong. Losing a tooth means losing that stimulation, and the bone can begin to wear away in a process called resorption.
Missing teeth can also make it hard to enjoy a wide range of healthy foods, which can, in turn, lead to nutritional deficiencies and health problems. You can even find it difficult to speak normally when there is a gap in your smile.
Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth. They work by replacing the natural tooth root with a metal post and replacing the visible portion of the tooth with a custom crown.
You can get an individual dental implant to replace one tooth, or get an entire upper or lower arch of teeth replaced using just four individual implants as an anchoring system. Once in place, implants stimulate your bone tissue just like natural teeth, keeping your jaw healthy.
The planning stage is arguably the most important step in getting dental implants. Your provider gathers X-rays or digital imaging to learn more about the structure of your teeth and bone tissue. Advanced software helps shape the treatment plan, including determining the best possible angle for the implant positioning.
On the day of your procedure, you’ll receive numbing medication to help you rest comfortably. If you have anxiety surrounding dental work, sedation dentistry options are available. Once you’re resting comfortably, your provider creates an incision in your gums to access the underlying bone.
A small pilot hole guides the placement of the post portion of the implant. Once in place, the gum tissue is carefully closed and a period of healing begins.
After healing is complete, you'll return to have the crown portion of the implant attached. Some implants use a connector piece called an abutment, while others connect directly between post and crown. This completes the implant process, and you can expect a lifetime of use from your new dental implant.
Learn more about dental implants during a personalized consultation at Hometown Dental, which can be booked online or over the phone today.