If you are missing a single tooth or every tooth in your mouth, then you owe it to yourself to learn about dental implants.
If you still have all your teeth, do everything you can to keep them, but plan ahead just in case you need teeth replacements down the road.
We are fans of dental implants at Masterpiece Smiles. We know what they can do, and we understand why they have become such a big part of restorative dentistry. If you live in or near Tulsa, OK, we can help you get implants with your teeth replacements.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are replacements for the roots of missing teeth. Implants are prosthetics like a prosthetic hand or leg, only implants replace a part of the body that you normally do not see.
Implants are typically made of titanium. This is because your body reacts to titanium by bonding directly to it, almost as if it was bone.
How Are Dental Implants Used In Restorative Dentistry?
Implants are used as part of teeth replacements. By embedding dental implants in your jaw, you create a foundation to support products used to replace the natural crowns of missing teeth.
A single tooth can be replaced with a dental implant and a dental crown.
Multiple teeth can be replaced by two more implants and a dental bridge (which is composed of dental crowns that have been bonded together).
An entire row of teeth can be replaced with multiple implants and a set of dentures.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?
The first benefit is something we mentioned above. They provide support for the top half of your replacement teeth.
But it’s more than just support. Dental implants make replacement teeth more secure and stable. This allows them to function more like natural teeth.
Implant-supported dentures are a great example. An average human bite is in the range of 200 to 250 pounds of pressure. That’s more than what we need for the foods that we typically eat.
A person with traditional dentures may bite with around 50 pounds of pressure or about 25 percent of the force of a healthy human with all of his or her teeth. That’s good enough for some foods, but not all the foods that you may want to eat.
With dental implants, it’s common for patients to regain 90 percent or more if their original biting power. That means you can eat the foods you want without gooey adhesives and without worrying that your “teeth” will come loose.
But implants do something else that you aren’t going to see. By replacing your roots, they help to keep your jawbone healthy as well.
What Are Mini Implants?
When people lose teeth, one of the consequences often is that their jaws will begin to shrink. (This is a direct result of not having roots.)
Dental implants can help prevent further bone loss … but only if they are placed while you still have enough bone to support them. If your jaw shrinks too much, it will not be able to hold your standard dental implants in place.
Mini implants are smaller versions of standard implants. Because they are smaller, mini implants can be used even when other implants will no longer fit. This won’t restore bone tissue that is gone, but mini implants can prevent further shrinking of your jaw.
Mini implants can be used to do the same things as standard implants, too. They can support dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures.
Are Dental Implants Expensive?
Up front, yes, it will cost more to get dental implants and dentures than it would cost to get dentures alone. Over the course of a lifetime, however, implants may actually be a bargain by comparison.
Traditional dentures won’t stop your jaw from shrinking. That affects the shape of your mouth, which also affects how your dentures fit. For this reason, dentures need to be refitted or replaced every few years. (Some people need to replace dentures as often as every three years.)
Dental implants, on the other hand, can last a lifetime. They can help you maintain the shape and size of your jaw, and their support can extend the life of your dentures or other teeth replacements.
Where Can I Get Dental Implants In Tulsa, OK?
You probably know the answer to this one already. We can provide you with dental implants here at Masterpiece Smile. Just call 918-921-7926 or fill out our online form if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss dental implants.