Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants in Tulsa, OK
Missing teeth can make it harder to chew. They also affect the way your smile looks and the confidence you have whenever you want to show it off. Choose dental implants or mini dental implants. Visit your trusted Tulsa, OK dentist, Dr. Cobble, to see if you qualify for this procedure.
The Dental Implant Solution
Dental implants are a long-lasting, healthy way to replace missing teeth. Each implant has three parts: a root, a replacement tooth, and an abutment.
- The root is made from titanium. It mimics what a natural tooth’s root would do.
- The replacement tooth is a dental crown made to look like the tooth that went missing, or a healthier version of it.
- The abutment connects the replacement root to the tooth. This way, if you ever need that replacement changed or repaired, you don’t have to remove the root.
With an artificial root, you can get the same strength as your natural teeth. This strength is partly due to the new root stimulating the bone tissue in your jaw and keeping it strong.
Dental Implant Placement
The placement of dental implants is routine at Masterpiece Smiles. First, Dr. Cobble will take measurements to plan for the implant surgery as well as to ensure the dental crown will fit perfectly. Your dentist will then surgically place the titanium root where the old tooth root used to be. Once your jaw has healed and your implant has fused to the bone, we will connect the replacement tooth to the root using an abutment.
Dental Bridge v. Dental Implant
A dental bridge holds a replacement tooth by using dental crowns. It replaces a missing tooth and does not require surgery because there is no replacement tooth root to insert into your jawbone. However, this means it can’t keep your jawbone healthy.
Bridges usually do not last as long as dental implants, either. If you need a few teeth replaced in a row, however, an implant-supported bridge can work well. An implant-supported bridge uses an implanted root to securely hold several replacement teeth that are connected to each other.
Dental Implants and Dentures
If you need to replace a full arch of teeth, dentures can be a less expensive way to go. With dentures, you get beautiful replacement teeth set in a gum-colored base. Normally, dentures need a special adhesive and a properly shaped base to hold onto your gums. Sometimes, though, they can still slide around and fall out. To make sure they stay where they belong, you can get implants that hold onto your dentures. Implant-retained dentures are removable, while implant-supported crowns and bridges are not.
Mini Dental Implants Solutions
Because the dental implant root goes into your jawbone, you need healthy bone tissue at that spot. But if it’s been awhile since you lost that tooth, the bone could have deteriorated underneath. In this case, you might be able to get mini dental implants. These implants use a replacement tooth just like regular implants. However, the root itself is much thinner, so it doesn’t need as much bone tissue.
If you are ready to replace missing teeth and keep your jawbone healthy with dental implants or mini dental implants in Tulsa, OK, schedule an appointment today by calling 918-925-9687 or use our convenient online form for your next appointment.