If you have lost a tooth, it can pose a number of complications to your oral health and function. Beyond impairing your ability to chew food and talk, it can also cause alignment issues. To address these problems, our Dental Creations team often recommends having a dental implant installed in the missing tooth’s place.
The dental implant treatment in Tulsa, Oklahoma, starts with your Dental Creations dentist examining the area and taking some X-rays. This helps him make sure that you have sufficient bone structure to mount a dental implant. If the extraction process resulted in the loss of bone structure in the jaw, we might recommend that you receive a bone graft in advance of the implant procedure.
You will need to be fully sedated while the implant is being installed. Afterward, you will still be too sleepy from the sedation to safely drive. So, you will need to arrange to have someone drive you home after the appointment.
To install the implant, an oral surgeon will make a small channel into your jawbone. A titanium implant will then be screwed into place. Titanium is the metal of choice because it is biologically inert and will eventually fuse to the bone through the process of osseointegration.
Once the implant has been fully integrated into your jaw, we can go about the standard practice of fitting the titanium abutment with a standard crown.
If you have a missing tooth, you should call Dental Creations at 918-307-0307 to learn more about dental implants.