Even a single missing tooth can adjust your bite and cause your surrounding teeth to shift around. Fortunately, Audrey May-Jones, DDS, offers the perfect solution with dental implants. At Proud To Serve Family Dentistry in Norman, Oklahoma, Dr. Audrey fits patients for custom dental implants, which provide a stable base for your artificial teeth, so they look and feel more like your existing teeth. Call or book an appointment online today for more information.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that Dr. Audrey screws directly into the socket of your missing tooth. The implant is surgically placed into your gums and jawbone, which grow around it and secure the new tooth root further into place. After your gums have healed, an abutment, or connector, is added to the artificial root, so a new dental crown can be placed on top.
There are many reasons why you may consider dental implants, including:
Most patients opt for dental implants over alternative solutions, such as a dental bridge, because it’s permanent. Once your mouth heals from dental implant surgery, the artificial tooth root becomes part of your smile, providing a strong, sturdy base for your artificial teeth.
Because dental implants are screwed directly into your jaw, you must have enough jawbone and surrounding tissue to support the surgery. If X-rays and digital scans show that you don’t, then Dr. Audrey may recommend a bone graft or an alternative tooth replacement solution.
Without the stability of dental implants, dentures can shift around, hindering your ability to speak and chew with confidence. If you wear dentures but are unhappy with their lack of support, implant-supported dentures may be the right option for you.
Implant-supported dentures are connected to your dental implants, so there are no messy adhesives to worry about. With this new stability, your dentures cannot slip around inside your mouth when you speak, laugh, or smile, so they look and feel exactly like your natural teeth.
Once you and Dr. Audrey decide that dental implants are the right tooth replacement solution for you, she will take X-rays, digital scans, and impressions of your mouth to determine the perfect placement for your artificial tooth roots.
Next, surgery will be performed to screw the biocompatible titanium implants into your gums and jawbone. Over the next 6-12 weeks, your mouth will start to heal, and as it does, your gums and jawbone will grow around the new tooth root and secure it into place.
After you’ve completely healed, Dr. Audrey will fit you for a new dental crown made out of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or zirconia, or you can opt for implant-supported dentures to complete your new smile.
Dental implants give patients the opportunity to live as if they never lost their teeth in the first place. To learn more about your options, call Proud To Serve Family Dentistry or book an appointment online today.