Dental Implants in Ardmore
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.
Dental 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.
Dental 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.
Implant Supported Dentures
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.
Dental Implant Costs
The cost of dental implants varies widely based in large part on your unique dental health situation. Before we begin any dental implant treatment plan, we will take the time to carefully explain the costs of every part of your tooth replacement process. We will also work with patients to maximize any dental insurance coverage. While most policies do not provide coverage for the cost of dental implants and their placement, they will offer coverage for the replacement teeth, preparatory procedures, and other parts of the tooth replacement process. We can also work with CareCredit to provide patients with low or no interest payment plans to extend the cost of care out over several months.
Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
We know that patients will have many questions before they begin a complex treatment like dental implant tooth replacement. If you ever have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call our office. We’ll be happy to help you over the phone or schedule a consultation visit for you with our team. You can also find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below.
Can Implants Improve my Denture Stability?
Absolutely. Traditional dentures only restore about 20% of natural chewing function. This makes it difficult for patients to speak, chew, and smile with confidence. A dental implant supported partial or full denture will restore 70% or more of a patient’s healthy chewing ability. That means patients can consume a wider range of foods and speak, chew, and smile with confidence.
Are Implants the Best Tooth Replacement Option?
Many dentists consider dental implants to be the gold standard in tooth replacement because they restore both the root structure and the crowns of missing teeth. This offers optimal stability to anchor any number of replacement teeth firmly in place. Additionally, the implants mimic the tooth roots, stimulating the gum tissue and jawbone to maintain healthy bone density and soft tissue volume. These restorations look, feel, and function more like healthy, natural teeth.
Why Should I Visit Your Team for Dental Implants?
We have a close partnership with a local oral surgeon to ensure patients receive successful dental implant placement and seamless restoration. Some dentists perform these implant placements themselves, but we prefer working with an expert in this specific area to ensure patients receive the highest standard of care.