Dental Implants Are the Superior Tooth Restoration Method
Dental implants are the gold standard in teeth replacement. Dr. Conrad C. Casler, Jr. can place dental implants for patients at our Tulsa, OK, practice and then attach a natural-looking restoration for a fully functional and natural-looking smile. Dr. Casler has extensive experience both restoring and placing implants for long term success. Regardless of the number of teeth you are missing, dental implants combined with a custom crown, bridge, or denture can restore your smile beautifully.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. These posts replace the missing tooth roots to provide a secure foundation for a variety of dental prostheses. Dental implants are a powerful restorative treatment. When multiple teeth are missing, just a few implants placed in strategic locations can suffice to support their replacement.
Consequences of Missing Teeth
Missing teeth affect more than just your appearance. Within just the first year of tooth loss, an average of 25% of the bone surrounding the missing tooth is lost as well. Implants help preserve the bone and reduce bone loss significantly. When multiple teeth are lost, this can eventually result in a collapsed facial appearance, especially in the lips and cheeks. Over time, the chin will turn upward and inward. This bone loss increases risk of fracture and other complications. Additionally, patients contend with decreased ability to eat the foods they like and to speak properly.
Within just the first year of tooth loss, an average of 25% of the bone surrounding the missing tooth is lost as well. Implants help preserve the bone and reduce bone loss significantly.
Dental Implant Treatment
Dental implant treatment takes place in phases. During the first stage, you will meet with Dr. Casler to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. If you have already suffered significant bone loss, he will likely recommend a bone graft. This procedure will help rebuild the bone tissue to adequately support dental implants.
To help plan your treatment, Dr. Casler may take x-rays, photos, and more to determine the optimal placement of your implants. Once your full treatment plan is developed, we will schedule your surgery. Depending on your particular case, Dr. Casler may perform your surgery himself, or he may refer you to an oral surgeon. At the time of surgery, you will be provided with anesthetic and optional sedation to ensure you are comfortable.
What Should I Expect During Recovery?
Dental implant recovery involves a process called osseointegration. During this period, your implants will fuse with your jawbone. This fusion, or integration, is what creates the stable foundation for your prosthetic. This process can take anywhere from three to six months. Dr. Casler may provide you with a temporary restoration to wear during this time. You will be given specific instructions for the recovery period and scheduled for follow-up appointments to check your healing.
When Is the Restoration Placed?
In most cases, your replacement tooth or teeth will be attached after the implants have fully integrated with your jaw. At this time, the implants will be uncovered from the gum tissue, and the gums will be allowed to heal around the implants. Then Dr. Casler will place a connector (called an abutment) on the implants and securely attach your new crown, bridge, or denture to fully restore your smile.
Find Out if Dental Implants are Right for You
With dental implants, you can enjoy a healthy and functional smile. Dental implants halt bone loss to benefit your oral health and appearance. Implant-supported restorations are a stable and permanent solution to missing teeth that will allow you to eat all your favorite foods and to speak confidently. If you are missing any number of teeth, contact Casler Dental Group today to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants.
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