Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. We proudly offer this advanced restorative dental procedure at Kincaid Family Dental in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Dr. Matt Kincaid and his team have the knowledge, skill, and experience to provide our patients with top-quality dental implants that look and feel like natural teeth.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small, biocompatible titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone to replace missing tooth roots. Once the implant is placed, it fuses with the surrounding bone tissue through osseointegration. This implant creates a strong, stable foundation for a custom-made dental crown or other dental restoration attached to the implant, providing a natural-looking and functional replacement for a missing tooth.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants offer many advantages over tooth replacement options, such as dentures or bridges. Unlike dentures, which can slip or move and require messy adhesives to stay in place, dental implants are securely anchored in the jawbone, so they feel just like natural teeth.
They also help preserve the jawbone, which can deteriorate over time when teeth are missing. We can also use dental implants to support bridges or dentures for patients missing multiple teeth. By attaching the restoration to the implants rather than relying on adjacent teeth for support, dental implants provide a more stable and comfortable solution that allows patients to eat, speak, and confidently smile.
Why Do I Need to Replace My Missing Teeth?
Missing teeth can cause several problems, both aesthetically and functionally. From difficulty chewing and speaking to a decreased sense of self-confidence, the impact of missing teeth can be significant. Additionally, missing teeth can lead to many oral health problems, including gum disease, bone loss, and tooth decay.
One of the primary reasons to replace missing teeth is to improve your ability to eat and speak. When teeth are missing, it can be difficult to chew food correctly, leading to digestive problems and poor nutrition. Also, missing teeth can make speaking difficult, impacting your ability to communicate effectively.
Replacing missing teeth can also help prevent some oral health problems. When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth may shift and move out of place, leading to bite issues and misaligned teeth. This can increase the risk of gum disease and tooth decay, further compromising oral health.
Finally, replacing missing teeth can positively impact your self-esteem and overall quality of life. Many people feel self-conscious about their smile when they have missing teeth, which can lead to social anxiety and decreased confidence. Replacing missing teeth can restore your smile and make you feel more confident and comfortable in social situations.
What is the Dental Implant Process?
The dental implant process typically involves several appointments over several months. During the first appointment, Dr. Kincaid will examine your mouth and jawbone to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. He will then develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
Next, we will surgically place the implant into your jawbone under local anesthesia. Over the next few months, the implant will fuse with the surrounding bone tissue. During this time, we may place a temporary restoration to protect the implant and allow you to eat and speak normally.
Once the implant has fully integrated into the jawbone, Dr. Kincaid will attach an abutment to the implant. He will then take impressions of your teeth to create a dental crown or other restoration attached to the abutment. This small connector piece will hold your custom-made dental restoration in place.
At Kincaid Family Dental, we proudly offer the latest dental technology, including digital impressions and computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology, to ensure that your dental restoration fits precisely and looks natural. Once your repair is complete, Dr. Kincaid will attach it to the abutment, making any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit and natural appearance.
Dental Implants in Broken Arrow
Dental implants may be right for you if you are missing one or more teeth and are looking for a natural-looking and functional tooth replacement option. Contact Kincaid Family Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kincaid and learn more about the benefits of dental implants.