Questions About Dental Implants

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What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are fused to your jawbone at the site of a missing tooth, allowing for the placement of a dental crown. Dental implants have three main parts:

  • The root, fused to your jawbone through a process called osseointegration
  • The abutment, where the dental crown will be placed
  • The dental crown itself that serves as your replacement tooth

Dental implants have 95% success rate, making them the most preferred method of tooth replacement among dentists today.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

In order for a dental implant to be successfully placed, you must have enough bone at the site of your missing tooth to support the implant. After you lose an adult tooth, your jawbone generally begins to thin where the tooth has been lost. If you wait too long, your bone tissue might not be dense or wide enough to securely hold the implant.

To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. Terry Bass today. During an examination, Dr. Bass can make sure you are in good oral health and determine whether or not your jaw has enough bone to hold a dental implant.

How long does it take to place dental implants?

Before your new tooth can be placed, your gums will need to heal and the implant will need to fuse to your jawbone. This process can take up to six months, and will be monitored by Dr. Bass to ensure it is progressing normally. Once the implant has successfully fused, the dental crown can be placed.

What are the advantages of dental implants over dental bridges or dentures?

Dental implants are more durable and permanent than dental bridges and dentures. Because implants are bonded to your jawbone, they become a functional part of your natural smile, and seamlessly blend with the rest of your teeth. Implants require the same type of care as your natural teeth – no more and no less.

Meanwhile, dental bridges are held in place by your surrounding teeth, not an implant root, which makes them somewhat less durable, and also requires that your surrounding teeth are ground down to support a “cap.” Dentures are generally a last resort for patients who have a large number of missing teeth, and not enough bone to support a set of dental implants.

How long do dental implants last?

If you keep up solid dental hygiene habits and schedule regular check-ups with Dr. Bass, you can expect your dental implants to last 25 years or more. The first patient who ever had dental implants placed in 1965 still has his original implants today. The longevity of your implants will depend on how well you take care of them, and the skill with which they are placed. Dr. Bass has performed thousands of dental implant procedures, combining LVI training with a keen artistic eye to create quality replacement teeth that look, feel, and function just like the rest of your teeth.

If you have further questions about dental implants, please contact the office of Terry Bass, DDS, by calling 405-622-8996 or filling out our online form today. We serve clients in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Norman, and Lawton, Oklahoma.