The loss of one or more permanent teeth can result in changes to your dentition and your appearance making ordinary tasks seem difficult such as eating the foods you love, speaking clearly, and smiling with self-confidence. You can restore all of these things through dental implants.
A consultation with your dentist will identify if you are a candidate for the implant process … a medical history will be reviewed coupled with a comprehensive dental exam. The success of the dental implant hinges on multiple factors:
Age – The patient must have achieved bone maturity – it is important that the implant remain stable during the healing period. Bone growth can result in implant movement.
Medical History – Patients dealing with chronic, serious medical conditions must be thoroughly vetted to qualify.
Commitment – The dental implant process can take up to a year from start to finish. Once implemented the patient must take special care of the area to prevent infection (a leading cause of implant failure).
Tobacco Cessation – Using tobacco in any form is discouraged; many smokers struggle to meet this criteria; tobacco use is another leading cause of implant loss.
Gum Health – Patients that have been treated for periodontal disease may require additional treatment before dental implant placement. Dental x-rays will identify if sufficient bone is present where tooth loss has occurred or if bone augmentation is needed to move forward.
If all requirements are met, treatment can commence. A small titanium unit is surgically implanted in the jaw where tooth loss has occurred. Titanium is the metal of choice for its unique ability to resist rejection; bone fuses to titanium allowing the implant to become a permanent part of the dental anatomy.
When healed and bone has fused to the implant, you have a strong base that will act like the roots of your natural tooth allowing the restoration to be held securely in place.
The tooth that will be permanently affixed to the implant will be made to match surrounding biological teeth in size, shape, and color making your implant indiscernible from the rest of your teeth.
You will be able to eat all your favorite foods without exception; speak clearly; and smile with self-confidence. Caring for your implant is the same as your natural teeth; brush and floss daily; and visit the dentist every six months for cleaning and exam.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact the office of Dr. Mark E. Massaro at 918-779-3399 and schedule a consultation today.
Mark E. Massaro, DDS
3150 East 41st Street
Wellington Square Suite 141
Tulsa, OK 74105
Dr. Mark Massaro is a Tulsa, OK dental professional dedicated to General, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry such as Dental Exams, Cleanings, X-rays, Smile Makeovers, Zoom Teeth Whitening, Lumineers, Crowns, & more.