Masterpiece Smiles is a dental office dedicated to correcting problems big or small. Over the years, Dr. Cobble and the experts at our Tulsa dental office have put a huge focus on replacing missing teeth with dental implants.
You might be asking yourself what a dental implant is or what it can do? The simplest explanation is that an implant act as a replacement tooth. It is placed in the bone and can be restored with a crown, bridge, or even full denture. Today we want to take a deeper look at dental implants and explain exactly why these tools have become the go-to option for us when it comes to replacing missing or failing teeth.
Dental implants are the strongest tooth replacement option
When you’re talking about replacing teeth, strength is everything. Your natural teeth can endure a lot and have a tremendous biting force. Before dental implants, not tooth replacement option matched the power of natural teeth. And, while dental implants require oral surgery, the procedure is less invasive than placing a dental bridge, which requires preparing teeth to support the appliance.
There have been several studies on the power of removable dentures. Removable dentures only provide between 25 and 50 percent of the power of natural teeth. Anything hard to tough is a struggle to eat with dentures. Dental implants nearly match the power of natural teeth, which means you can eat whatever you want again.
Dental implants preserve the jawbone
One physical thing that happens when the teeth are lost is that the jawbone will recede. Jawbone recession can happen extremely fast after the teeth are lost. This process changes the shape of the face and gums. People with jawbone recession often have a sunken in appearance or develop wrinkles around the mouth. If you wear dentures, constant changes in the jaw and gums make it difficult to find the right fit for your denture.
Dental implants are placed in the jaw and actually merge with the jaw. This is possible because dental implants are made from titanium, a biocompatible material. Placing a few implants around the jaw can prevent jawbone recession. So, when you replace teeth with dental implants, you’ll preserve the bone and give yourself a more youthful appearance.
Dental implants are highly successful
A lot of times the newest or most high-tech answer isn’t always the best solution. That’s not the case with dental implants. Dental implants can be placed with a 98 percent success rate. That’s outstanding for any dental treatment! There are two reasons for this: 1.) We carefully vet our dental implant patients to make sure their bodies are healthy enough to support the bone. 2.) We only use the best technology and materials.
Once the implants has been placed and healed, it can last a lifetime. Your dental implant, unlike your natural tooth, will not get cavities. You just brush and floss like you would with any other tooth.
You have more than one option
Most people with missing teeth are candidates for traditional dental implants. But some people have thin jawbones that cannot support traditional implants. Rather than going through extensive bone and gum grafting, patients with thin jawbones can choose mini dental implants. These implants function just like any other implant but are smaller in diameter.
Come see what works for you!
The items listed above are just a few of the facts we can run through during your initial visit at Masterpiece Smiles. And the truth is that no one mouth is the same, although dental implants have become one of the most popular ways to replace missing teeth. Dr. Cobble and the dental team will carefully assess your smile and provide an in-depth treatment option. We have the solutions for your missing teeth right here in our office. Give us a call today at 918-992-3174 or use the online form to request an appointment.