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Dental Implants Storts Family Dentistry

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 OK

Dental Implants in Southern Oklahoma 

Dental implants in Ardmore, Oklahoma, 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 in Ardmore 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 dental restoration. The implant fixture is 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 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.

Dental Implants FAQs

Storts Family Dentistry is proud to be Southern Oklahoma’s top provider of teeth implants. We have compiled answers to questions patients have asked us over the years about this missing teeth treatment option. If you are considering dental implants, these questions and answers should help you in your decision-making process on how to replace your missing teeth.

Are dental implants safe?

Yes, there is no question that dental implants are safe and reliable. Dentists have used them for decades to replace teeth for patients. The materials we use are biocompatible, allowing them to integrate with your bone and without your body attacking them as a foreign object. Implant treatment does involve some risks just like any major dental or medical procedure. However, they are minimal. With proper planning and an experienced dental care team, complications are rare.

What is the success rate of dental implants?

The success rate of dental implants is high, largely above 95%. However, a successful treatment depends on several factors, including how well you care for your oral health after implantation. It also depends on factors such as where we place the implants in your mouth and your overall health. In general, the better health and oral health you are in and can maintain, the more successful your treatment will be.

How long does the dental implant process take?

Your implant treatment time will depend on many things. In general, it will span several months, typically 6 to 9 months from your consultation to the placement of your dental restoration. The number of missing teeth you have, the number of implant fixtures you need, healing time, and additional procedures will all factor into how long it takes.

How long will my dental implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, your dental implants should last a lifetime. However, the false teeth we secure to them may need replacement due to wear. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practices are crucial for maintaining implant durability.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of implant treatment will vary from patient to patient. The complexity of the treatment, the materials, the number of teeth missing, and the state of your oral health before treatment starts affect the cost. It may cost you up to $6,000 to replace one tooth with an implant-supported crown. However, to replace several teeth, or even an entire row of teeth, will cost tens of thousands of dollars. Implant treatment is invasive and requires surgery, sophisticated materials, experienced dentists, anesthesia, and several appointments. However, it is also the only tooth replacement solution that will mimic natural teeth.

Will my dental insurance cover my dental implant treatment?

It depends on the type of coverage you have. Policies will vary from plan to plan. Some cover a portion of the costs while others only partially cover the dental restoration. Many dental insurances plan consider teeth implants a cosmetic procedure. We encourage you to check with your insurance provider for specific details about your tooth implant coverage under your policy.

Can dental implants fail?

It is rare for dental implants to fail, but it is possible. Failure can occur due to infection, insufficient bone support, improper placement, or the body’s rejection of the implant. Smoking and certain health conditions also increase the risk. Immediate action and consultation with a dental professional are crucial if failure is suspected.

What are the alternatives to dental implants?

While dental implants are the number one solution for missing teeth, not everyone will qualify for them. Storts Family Dentistry also offers traditional dental bridges and dentures to replace missing teeth. These options are cheaper and less invasive. However, they will not prevent bone loss in the jaw and will limit your chewing capacity.

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.