Modern Tooth Replacements with Dental Implants in Ardmore, OK
Following tooth loss, whether patients have lost one tooth or a full arch, dental implants offer patients the opportunity to replace the entire lost dental structure from the roots up. Unlike traditional tooth replacement that only repaired those portions of teeth visible above the gum line and were supported by surrounding healthy dental structures, dental implant supported replacement options replace the roots and crown of lost teeth for a more natural looking and feeling result. Robert V. Hughes, DDS and his dedicated Ardmore, OK dental team are proud to offer implant restorations in our office. Dr. Hughes works with a talented oral surgeon to place the implant, and our office restores the implant to full function and esthetics.
Implant Placement with Our Trusted Oral Surgeon
A dental implant is a small, titanium post that resembles a screw. It is carefully manufactured for optimal biocompatibility and placed below the gum line where it fuses with the soft tissue and supportive alveolar bone creating stabilizing structures that closely mimics lost root systems. The procedure is relatively comfortable. A small incision is made in the soft tissue, and the implant post is placed into the jawbone. Over the course of two to three months, patients undergo a process known as osseointegration by which the implant post creates a natural bond with the supportive tissues.
Patients visit with our skilled oral surgeon to place the implant--and once this process is complete, they return back to our office to attach a single dental crown or a full arch of replacement teeth. The end result is a completely restored missing tooth or entire smile, and with proper care and maintenance, implants can last a lifetime.
One major benefit of dental implants is the fact that your tooth replacement fits perfectly from the very first day. Because the prosthetic root provides the stimulation your jawbone needs to stay healthy, your mouth keeps its youthful, sturdy shape for years to come.
Implant Crowns & Bridges
Patients missing between one and four consecutive teeth should consider implant supported crowns and bridges. A single dental crown can typically be supported by a single dental implant post. However, patients missing three or four consecutive teeth will need a dental implant at either end of the series of attached crowns to provide optimal support. These implant posts function in the same way that surrounding teeth work in a traditional fixed bridge tooth replacement.
Those who have lost most or all of the teeth on an arch, should consider a more extensive tooth replacement prosthetic. Implant supported partial and full dentures, like their traditional counterparts, allow our team to repair teeth following extensive tooth loss by creating a single replacement prosthetic that can be placed to restore any number of missing teeth or a full arch. We offer both fixed and removable implant retained dentures depending on patients’ needs and preferences.