Dental Implants
Owasso, OK

Rendered image of a dental implant at Jillian Prather Family Dentistry in Owasso, OK.
Your teeth are small, but they are an essential component of your mouth. Our teeth have numerous responsibilities that they perform on a daily basis. Along with helping you to bite and chew food, the teeth are an integral component in the way you speak. They provide you with a beautiful smile. They even aid in keeping your jawbone strong and healthy. Tooth loss affects all of these functions, impacting your oral health, your appearance, and your quality of life. Dental implants are the modern treatment for replacing missing teeth that help to restore all functions of your missing teeth. At Jillian Prather Family Dentistry, we can place the crowns,a bridge or even a denture on your implants to help complete your restored smile.

What are Dental Implants?

The placement of dental implants is a modern technique that allows us to replace missing or extracted teeth by rebuilding the foundation. This unique treatment is an alternative to bridges and dentures. We surgically place threaded titanium or ceramic posts into your jawbone. Once implanted, your bone gradually heals and then grows around the threads of the implant fusing the two together for a firm and permanent hold. Over time, they become stable enough to provide support for your replacement teeth, or ceramic crowns. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, several teeth, or even all of the teeth in a single arch. The number of implants needed will vary depending on the prosthetic being used. Implants can be used to retain dental crowns, bridge, partial dentures and even full dentures. We can replace an entire arch of teeth using between four and six implants in a treatment known as the All-on-4® Treatment Concept.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Studies have shown the advancement of dental implants to be highly beneficial. They allow our patients to:
•  Restore the functions of your teeth, including biting, chewing, and proper speech.
•  Over your implant, we can retain several prosthetics including a dental crown. Crowns are made from ceramic and they look just like the rest of your natural teeth. Once in place, they blend right in, and no one will be able to tell that they are there.
•  Implants provide the patient with superior comfort. Your prosthetic is supported by the posts rather than your gums. The posts are supported by your jawbone, much like the roots of your natural teeth.
•  The implant is completely stable and secure once fully integrated, meaning your prosthetic won’t rock or shift, it is solidly in place.
•  There is no need to alter the structure of your adjacent teeth in any way. A dental bridge is secured to neighboring teeth, but a dental implant does not rely on neighboring teeth for stability.
•  Implants are designed to be permanent. Studies show that many patients still have their implants after more than ten years of wear with no problems. Many patients have even exceeded thirty years.
•  The posts stimulate your jawbone just like the roots of your natural teeth. This helps to keep your jawbone strong and healthy.

Implant Surgical Placement

The surgical placement of your dental implants begins before the day of surgery with preparatory work. During your consultation we take detailed digital x-rays to create a treatment map. During this visit we will also evaluate the thickness of available bone. Depending on the work being done, we may need to perform a bone graft to build up extra bulk to the bone before the implant can be placed. We may also take steps to improve the health of the gum tissue. We can proceed once all of the preparation work is complete.

On the day of surgery, we will suggest different anesthetics or conscious sedatives depending on the amount of work being done, most patients find that they simply need a local anesthetic to numb the surgical site. Once comfortable, we can begin, the surgery takes about one hour. We open the tissue, create the space in the bone, place the implant and then close the tissue with sutures. It really is a simple process. The real work is the healing that your body then completes. Soft tissue heals quickly, in a matter of days, but bone tissue takes longer. We will check the status of your bone healing over the next several months.

After you have healed from implant surgery, we provide you with the ceramic crowns that replace the visible portions of your missing teeth. This process generally takes two different visits. During your first visit, abutments, or connectors that provide stability for the crowns, are placed. Next, impressions of your mouth are taken. These impressions are sent to our dental lab, where they are used to design and create your customized crowns. Designing crowns is done using specialized computer software, that allows the crowns to be made to the exact specifications of your mouth. Once the design phase is complete, the crowns are then milled. Ceramic blocks the same color as your natural teeth are placed into a milling machine, and the design from the computer is used to create your crowns. Once they are ready, the crowns are sent back and you have your second appointment. At this appointment, the teeth are checked for fit and bite, and then screwed into place.

Dental implants restore the functions of your missing teeth as well as the quality of your smile, giving you your life back. Call Jillian Prather Family Dentistry today for more information at (918) 401-9933.
12814 E 101st Pl N Suite 102, Owasso, OK 74055
(918) 401-9933
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