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.
Why Choose 918 Dentist for Dental Implants?
- High-Quality Oral Surgery
- Dazzling Restorations
- One-Stop Shop for Every Step of the Process
What is a Dental Implant?
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.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Full Tooth Replacement: A crown, bridge, or dentures will replace the normally visible parts of your teeth while the implant itself acts as a root; this keeps the jawbone healthy and gives your new smile some much-needed security.
- Lasts for Decades: Normal restorations usually need to be replaced roughly every ten years. Implant posts can easily last for 30 years or longer.
- High Success Rate: When the procedure is performed by a trained expert like Dr. Mohanna, dental implants have a success rate of 95%.
- Dazzling Appearance: Your prosthetic teeth will be designed to look as lifelike as possible, and since the implants will be hidden under the gums, all anyone else will see is a beautiful, complete smile.
- Protect Your Other Teeth: If you replace a single tooth with a traditional bridge, some enamel needs to be removed. However, with implants, there’s no need to damage your natural teeth.
Indications for Dental Implants
A dental implant consists of a small titanium post implanted in your jawbone 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, two or three missing teeth in a row were treated by creating a bridge over the gap. A bridge requires modifications to the two teeth adjacent to the missing ones, 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 and eliminate the traditional methods of holding dentures in place – suction (top) and adhesive (bottom) – by using dental implants to hold the denture in place. As a result, implant-retained dentures give patients greater flexibility in lifestyle by improving their ability to eat, speak, and smile without the embarrassment of slipping dentures.
How Dental Implants Work
The dental implant process generally includes two main steps: surgery and restoration. First, you’ll receive the dental implant posts via surgery. After your jaw has healed, you can receive an abutment followed by your prosthetic teeth. While other practices might need to refer you to a specialist for part of this process, Dr. Mohanna is trained to perform both the surgery and the restoration; that means you can enjoy the convenience of having your dental implants restored by a dentist you know and trust from start to finish.
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.
Advanced Dental Implant Procedures
Sometimes the only reason a patient may not be a candidate for dental implants is because they’ve suffered from bone loss in their jaw. This is often the case if you’ve been living without one or more teeth for years or if you lost teeth to gum disease. Luckily, this doesn’t necessarily mean you’re ineligible for dental implants. A sinus lift or a bone graft can create space for your new replacement teeth. We can explain the details of these procedures at your consultation.
Dental Implant FAQs
At 918 Dentist, we want you to have all the information you need to make the best decision for your smile. While there’s no question that dental implants are an outstanding investment after tooth loss, it’s completely understandable to have a few extra questions about the procedure beforehand. Keep reading for answers to the most common dental implant FAQs in Glenpool. And feel free to contact us with any other questions you may have!
Is It Painful to Get Dental Implants?
If you've ever had a tooth extracted, you can expect a somewhat similar experience from dental implant surgery. The first thing we'll do is make sure you're completely numb, so you won't feel pain (although you will feel pressure).
We also offer multiple sedation options, including nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. This allows everyone to restore their smile without fear or anxiety. And, although some discomfort is to be expected, keep in mind that most patients say that getting dental implants was far easier than they anticipated.
Can Dental Implants Fail?
Failure does happen, but it’s fairly rare. In fact, non-smokers have a 95% success rate. When failure does occur, one of the following factors is often involved:
- Smoking – Smokers only have a success rate of around 85%.
- Gum disease – Just like natural teeth, implants rely on healthy gum tissue for support. If someone develops gum disease around an implant and it’s not treated in time, the implant may become loose and fail. However, the chances of this are low as long as you practice good oral hygiene and see us for regular checkups.
- Clenching and grinding – For people who clench and grind, wearing a nightguard can protect their implant from harm.
- Infection – Infections don’t happen very often but usually occur because of poor oral hygiene or a lack of professional care.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
With modern dentistry techniques, dental implants work for most people. However, we'll always closely evaluate your needs to make sure they'll be successful over the long-term. During your consultation, we’ll look at a variety of factors, including the health of your jawbone, your dental history, general health, oral hygiene, and lifestyle choices such as smoking.
What Is the Recovery Process Like After Getting Dental Implants?
Getting dental implants is considered a minor surgery, and you can expect mild to moderate swelling and tenderness in the area (this usually lasts several days to a week). Although any discomfort is well-managed with over-the-counter pain medication, we typically recommend taking a couple of days off work to recover. If that’s not an option for you, you can always schedule the procedure on a Thursday or Friday and rest over the weekend.
What Happens If I Wait to Get Dental Implants?
Once a tooth is removed, the jaw bone in the area begins to deteriorate. The longer you wait to get an implant, the more bone density you'll lose. While that doesn't mean you won't be able to get implants in the future, you may need a bone graft to strengthen the jaw and prepare it for the procedure.
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