If you are located in Southern Oklahoma or the surrounding area and are experiencing pain, loss of teeth, or general bone loss, our implant or oral surgery options could benefit you. Dental implants are an excellent way to restore damaged or missing teeth.
Many patients will end up needing implants or oral surgery if they have severe tooth decay, severe tooth damage, or tooth loss. We provide dental implants in Southern Oklahoma, serving patients from Madill and Ardmore, OK. We also provide additional restorative dentistry treatments to new and existing patients.
Dental Implants in Southern Oklahoma
Dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth. At Storts Family Dentistry, we offer both regular teeth implants and implant dentures. They are an excellent option for patients who desire complete smile restoration after tooth loss. Over the years, dental implants have become the most popular solution for missing teeth thanks to the many advantages they offer.
Need a Tooth Extraction or Bone Graft Before your Dental Implant Procedure?
If you are experiencing chronic pain or an infection in one or more of your teeth, we will need to extract the tooth before your implant surgery. Your Storts Family Dentistry dental team offers simple, quick, and painless tooth extractions in the North Texas area. Having a tooth pulled will usually mean you need it to be replaced.
We are also able to provide our patients with bone grafting options. This may be necessary for patients with missing teeth or bone loss in their jaw. This procedure will help restore a patient’s jaw to its natural shape and state. Mort importantly, it increases bone volume and density to provide a solid foundation for the implant fixtures.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are advanced tooth replacement solutions. They involve replacing the root system of missing teeth in the jawbone. A restoration has three parts including dental implant fixtures, abutments, and a dental restoration.
A dental implant is a titanium metal post that your dentist will surgically embed in the jawbone. There, it will act as a tooth root and provide a stable foundation for the dental restoration. The implant fixture is very stable because it fuses to the bone. They come in many lengths and diameters to accommodate the different locations along the upper and lower arches of bone.
Types of Dental Implant Restorations
Dental implants are versatile, and we can customize a treatment to replace any number of missing teeth. There are several different types of dental implant restorations available. The kind you need will depend on your circumstances and oral health. Your dentist will examine your teeth to determine the best solution for your oral health needs.
Single Tooth Replacement
We can use a single dental implant to secure a dental crown for patients missing one tooth. Your dentist will insert one implant fixture in the bone at the void. Then we will custom-create a dental crown, and secure it to the dental implant.
Multiple Teeth Replacement
If a patient is missing several teeth consecutively, we can use multiple dental implants to secure a dental bridge. Your dentist will insert at least two dental implants in the bone. They will place them in the jawbone on both sides of the gap. Then we will custom-create a dental bridge and secure it to the dental implants.
Full Arch Replacement
We can use up to eight dental implants to secure a custom denture for patients missing all of their teeth on the top or bottom arch. An implant-supported denture is the number one full-arch tooth replacement solution to help maintain healthy a jaw bone. Your dentist will strategically place between 4-8 implant fixtures in the jawbone along the arch. Then we will custom-create a denture and secure it to the dental implants.
What Sets Dental Implants Apart From Other Teeth Replacement Options
Dental implants are a superior choice for permanent teeth replacement. They offer patients many advantages over traditional dental bridges and dentures. While they may involve a more extensive initial procedure and cost, their long-term benefits make them the best choice if you suffer from tooth loss.
False teeth secured with implants will preserve the jawbone. The implant fixtures will stimulate the jawbone and prevent bone loss. This helps maintain facial structure and overall oral health.
Since the implants are embedded into the jawbone, the restoration can mimic natural teeth better. Patients can bite, chew, and speak with ease. This also creates a more natural appearance. Patients will feel more confident knowing their teeth look real and offer better stability and comfort.
Unlike dental bridges and some types of dentures, an implant-secured restoration does require the use of neighboring teeth. Dental bridges require the alterations of the abutment teeth and partial dentures require healthy for support. With dental implants, your healthy teeth are left alone.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Dental Implants?
Every patient undergoes an exam and consultation before receiving dental implants. Several things will determine if you are or are not a good candidate for teeth implants. Our dental team will review your dental history, medical history, and specific needs in addition to the exam. The criteria for dental implants include:
- Patients should be in overall good health, without uncontrolled medical conditions that could hinder the healing process.
- Sufficient bone in the jaw is necessary to support the implant. If there is insufficient bone, the patient may need bone grafting.
- Healthy gums are crucial for the success of dental implants. Patients will need periodontal disease treatment before implant placement.
- Smoking can impair the healing process and increase the risk of implant failure. Non-smokers are generally better candidates.
- Anyone considering dental implants must understand that this is a long-term commitment. You must be willing to maintain excellent oral hygiene practices to prevent complications and ensure the longevity of the implants.
- Bruxism (teeth grinding) can impact the success of implants. Patients with this habit may need to address it before implant placement.
- Patients should have a stable bite and completed jaw development, making dental implants more suitable for adults than growing adolescents.
- Lastly, patients should have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure. The process takes several months to complete, involves surgery, a long healing period, and costs more than other tooth replacement solutions.
Schedule a Consultation for Dental Implants in Southern Oklahoma
Call (580) 260-3410 or request an dental appointment with us online. Storts Family Dentistry’s implant and oral surgery options are available to a variety of communities in the Southern Oklahoma area, such as Ardmore, Marietta, Madill, Thackerville, Springer, Wilson, Mannsville, Kingston, and countless other areas.