Dental Implants – Glenpool, OK
Replace Your Missing Teeth Effectively for Decades!
Missing teeth should be replaced – not just for cosmetic reasons – but to ensure the proper function of your mouth. Each tooth plays an important role in daily activities such as chewing, speaking, smiling and supporting surrounding teeth. Over time, missing teeth can cause misalignment of your remaining teeth, deterioration of bone and premature aging of your jaw line.
Luckily, Dr. Mohanna is an expert when it comes to tooth replacement via dental implants. He is a graduate of the world renowned Misch International Implant Institute. The Institute’s goal is to remain at the forefront of implant dentistry through research, education and its unique clinical applications. Dr. Mohanna uses the knowledge he gained through his extensive education and training at the Misch Institute to provide the best care possible for his patients.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are an excellent alternative to partials, bridges, and dentures for many reasons. They look and act just like your natural teeth and are the only option closest to the real thing. Not only do they restore your confidence in eating, speaking and smiling, but also the natural contour of your jawline. That means you can reduce premature facial sagging, prevent your cheeks from becoming hollow, and keep your most youthful appearance possible. This is because implants replace the tooth root, which allows for proper stimulation of the bone inside your jaw.
Additionally, dental implants don’t require buffing down neighboring teeth just to place. The titanium posts that are placed inside your jaw are strong enough to anchor any restoration you need, regardless of the complexity. They are truly a permanent solution that you can rely on for decades, which is not something you can say for removable partials or dentures.
Indications for Dental Implants
A dental implant consists of a small titanium post implanted in your jaw bone to replace the tooth root. Of course, there are many ways you can replace missing teeth through this method.
Missing Single Tooth
If you’re only missing one tooth, a single implant and implant-retained crown will be most appropriate for your case. The implant and crown are held together via an abutment, which acts as a screw between the two components. The crown is made from porcelain, allowing for the most natural-looking restoration possible.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Before dental implants, a single missing tooth was treated by creating a bridge over the gap. A bridge requires modifications to the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth thus compromising those teeth as well. That is not the case if you’re using dental implants. If you’re missing three to four consecutive teeth, a dental bridge can be designed to attach to two implants instead of relying on pre-existing teeth.
Missing All Teeth/Implant-Retained Dentures
Implant retained dentures are cutting-edge dental technology. They provide a hybrid alternative to conventional dentures. Implant-retained dentures eliminate the traditional methods of holding dentures in place – suction (top) and adhesive (bottom) – by using dental implants to hold the denture in place. They give patients greater flexibility in lifestyle by improving their ability to eat, speak and smile without the embarrassment of slipping dentures.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
If you’ve tried to ask a dentist how much dental implants cost without first having an implant consultation, you likely didn’t get a straight answer. The cost of implants can widely vary depending on what your needs are. For example, if you need several implants placed vs. only one implant placed, it will dramatically influence the cost as well as the type of restoration you’d need. Furthermore, some individuals require preparatory treatments before they can receive implants such as bone grafts and sinus lifts.
While implants can be expensive upfront, it doesn’t mean they aren’t cheaper than what you’d pay to upkeep bridges and dentures. Implants are considered a long-term solution and investment for tooth loss, lasting anywhere between 25 years and a lifetime without issues.
If you live in the Tulsa, Glenpool, Jenks, Okmulgee, or Keifer communities, and want to learn more about dental implants, contact our Glenpool dentistry practice today. Dr. Mohanna will provide you with a comprehensive exam and consultation. In addition, the doctors may recommend other restorative, cosmetic or general dentistry procedures for your best smile.