Dental Implants Del City OK
Losing one or more teeth can have a devastating impact on a person’s life, from their self-confidence in smiling and speaking to their ability to eat crunchy, healthy foods. With dental implants, people who have lost teeth are regaining their ability to live a normal life. Dental implants create a foundation for crowns, which mimic not only how the natural teeth look, but how they function and feel as well.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. There are two parts to an implant: the root and the crown. The root is made of lightweight titanium. This is the portion that is placed into the jaw to take the place of the original tooth root. A crown that looks like a tooth is put on top of it. The end result is a dental implant that looks and works just like a natural tooth.
The procedure to place the implant takes place in one office visit, followed by a three- to six-month period of time wherein the “roots” bond permanently to the jawbone. The majority of patients will opt for a temporary bridge during this healing process. The implants can last a lifetime if they are properly maintained.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
One of the main advantages of dental implants is that a condition known as “facial collapse” is avoided. Most people don’t even know about this condition, which occurs when teeth are missing. When people are first fitted for dentures or partial dentures, the bridges are made to fit their jawbone in its current state. But over time, as the body senses that teeth are missing from the jawbone, the body begins to resorb the calcium and other minerals originally intended for the jaw. Dentures become more ill-fitting and eating becomes increasingly difficult. People develop a sunken-in look, which makes them look quite a bit older. Often people start changing their eating habits, which impacts their health.
With implants, facial collapse is avoided because the jawbone around the implants doesn’t shrivel. The bone of the jaw actually bonds with the titanium, keeping it strong. The body recognizes the implants as teeth roots.
Other advantages to dental implants are that they are more comfortable than dentures, and your speaking and eating abilities are not diminished. This translates to a healthier, more self-confident individual with a better quality of life.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
If your overall health is good, and your gums and jawbone are strong and free of disease, you may be a good candidate for this procedure. If you are interested in learning whether or not dental implants are right for you, we will ask for your health history and have you undergo a comprehensive examination that will also include x-rays.
During the consultation, Dr. Sigmon will talk to you about your specific situation. Bring along your questions and concerns so he can ensure your procedure is something you will be able to smile about!
Find out if dental implants are the answer to your missing teeth. Contact us today to make an appointment.