Implants? Crowns? Veneers? Invisible braces? As dental technology and services have expanded in the Oklahoma City area, so has the vocabulary. Dentistry has advanced to provide many new solutions that address almost every possible dental trouble.
Dr. Mark Phan, considered one of the best dentists in Oklahoma, has skill with cosmetic and best restorative care.
In the past, if a patient in Oklahoma City had a missing tooth or a severely damaged tooth, Oklahoma dentists regularly suggested dental bridges or dentures, because they were the best options at the time. These days, state-of-the art dental implants have proven to be superior to dental bridges for most Moore patients. They can also replace dentures or anchor dentures for some patients.
A tooth implant provides many critical advantages over a dental bridge or dentures:
Longevity – Dental implants are strong and permanent, meaning with proper care they can last ten years or more.
Seamless – Fabricated to have the same shape, size and color of the original tooth, the implant will blend seamlessly with all the other teeth. If the original tooth had aesthetic problems, these can usually be corrected with the implant crown.
Function – A dental implant functions like a natural tooth allowing for normal eating and speaking.
Convenience – Unlike dentures, no adhesives, rinsing, or removal is necessary.
Independent – Like the missing tooth, the dental implant is treated individually. No damaging of adjacent teeth is required, as with dental bridges. This independence allows nearby teeth to remain intact. Cleaning is easier than with most dental bridges which can require the threading of floss under and around the artificial tooth.
Let’s highlight the tooth implant technique:
If you are interested in getting a tooth implant, call OKC Smiles at 405-634-7303 to schedule a tooth implant consultation. Dr. Phan practices in the greater Moore area from OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City. Dr. Phan will carry out an exam, take x-rays and counsel with you. If it is determined that you are a good candidate for the procedure, the process will begin.
Plaster dental impressions of both upper and lower plates will be taken. Dr. Phan will perfectly place the titanium implant, which looks like a dark screw, into the bone of your jaw. Over the next couple of months, the bone and implant will bond together to form a new root for your new tooth.
After the necessary time has passed for bonding of the bone and implant, an extension (called an abutment) is placed on top of the initial implant post. This post extension is then capped with a temporary tooth. Meanwhile, the team of professionals at our lab will tailor your new, permanent crown.
Dr. Phan will then put the attractive permanent crown on top of the full post. This tooth will match your other teeth to create a fantastic new smile. You will find that the comfort is the same as your natural teeth, to the point that you may even forget which tooth is the implant. The upkeep is the same, with brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups required.
If you want to know if a tooth implant is right for you or desire information about smile redesigns, call OKC Smiles for more details. We look forward to meeting you!