Dental Implants Offer the Most Stable Restorative Solution
One of the most exciting advancements in dental technology, dental implants are the ideal solution to replace missing or severely damaged teeth. Implants completely restore patients' smiles, with the titanium posts acting as dental roots to permanently anchor crowns, bridges, or dentures. Implant-supported restorations look and feel virtually identical to natural teeth. Dr. Jay Butler at Gary B. Dempsey, D.D.S., and Associates can place dental implants during a minor surgical procedure at our Oklahoma City, OK, office. He uses precise techniques honed through years of experience to ensure optimal outcomes for our patients.
What is a Dental Implant?
The simplest description of a dental implant is a small metal post, usually made from titanium. Once Dr. Butler ensures you are comfortable using either nitrous oxide or oral sedation, or a combination of the two, he will create an incision in the gums. The implant is then surgically inserted into the jaw where a tooth has been lost. The incision is closed, or in some cases, a temporary restoration is placed. The entire dental implant process (without bone grafting) takes an average of three to six months. Once the post or posts have fused with the bone, a permanent crown, bridge, or denture can be attached.
One of the most exciting advancements in dental technology, dental implants are the ideal solution to replace missing or severely damaged teeth.
Diligent oral hygiene is key to preserving your dental implants for a lifetime. Implant-supported restorations can be cared for just like natural teeth, and you will need to attend twice-yearly professional cleanings and exams at our office.
More Durable, Natural-Looking Results
When patients choose implant-supported restorations, the enhanced support provides a younger appearance and dramatically improved confidence. As with the majority of dentistry procedures, the aesthetic benefits come secondary to the overall health benefits such as:
- Restored ability to eat your favorite foods
- Bio-compatible treatment
- Improved bone health
- Ability to speak more clearly
Generally, patients can also expect to experience an overall higher quality of life.
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
While implants are an ideal restoration for many individuals, there are a few requirements patients must meet including:
- Not smoking before and after treatment
- No signs of gum disease
- Good overall health
- No teeth clenching or grinding
- Adequate bone support
- Committed to good oral hygiene
As dental implants fuse with the jawbone to anchor the tooth, sufficient bone density and quality are both important requirements for a successful outcome. Gary B. Dempsey, D.D.S., and Associates uses advanced 3-D imaging to evaluate the jaw, and also choose the most suitable locations for your dental implant posts.
When a patient has insufficient bone density, the addition of bone tissue or a synthetic material can build up and strengthen the treatment area. The bone graft site must be completely healed before the dental implant process can continue. The healing period varies from patient to patient and largely depends on the type of material used.