Dental Implants – Tulsa, OK

Set the Roots for New Teeth

There’s more to your teeth than just the parts that you see in the mirror. Underneath the gums are roots anchoring them in place; these roots play a key role in keeping the jawbone healthy. Traditional tooth replacements don’t address the missing roots or the benefits they provide. If you want a smile that looks, feels, and functions like your original teeth, you’ll need dental implants in Tulsa. At Southern Woods Dental Care, Dr. Bragg can attach restorations to your implants after they have been successfully placed by a periodontist or oral surgeon. Call us today to learn more!

Why Choose Southern Woods Dental Care for Dental Implants?

  • Partnered with Local Implant Experts
  • Team That Treats Patients Like Family
  • Patient-Centered Approach to Care

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is defined as an artificial tooth root. It takes the form of a small post that is normally made of titanium but can also be made of zirconia. The post will need to be placed in the jaw so that it can fuse with the bone. This process (known as osseointegration) can take three or four months, after which an abutment is attached to the post. We can provide you with a custom-made restoration once the necessary abutments are in place.

The 4 Step Dental Implant Process

  • Initial Consultation: We will examine your mouth, go over your restoration options, and put together a plan to recomplete your smile. We might determine that bone grafts or other treatments are needed before you can get implants.
  • Implant Surgery: A trusted local periodontist or oral surgeon will handle this step.
  • Osseointegration and Abutment Placement: Osseointegration usually takes months; the more complex the surgery is, the longer recovery will likely be. An abutment can be attached once the post has sufficiently joined with the jaw.
  • Delivery of Restoration: We can attach a customized restoration to your abutment(s) to finish your smile.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Nearly 500,000 dental implants are placed each year, and that number grows as more and more people discover the lifestyle and health benefits of implants. They allow you to smile confidently, eat all the foods you love, and avoid the pitfalls of dentures that can slip out of place. They also keep the jawbone from breaking down and keep you looking younger by maintaining your facial shape. The average dental implant can stay in your mouth for over 30 years – much longer than a conventional restoration.

Who Can Dental Implants Help?

You are most likely able to get dental implants to replace your missing tooth or teeth if:

  • You do not have cavities or gum disease.
  • You are physically able to undergo minor surgery.
  • Your jawbone is thick enough to receive a dental implant and support it.

Even if you don’t currently meet these criteria, there may be additional treatments that can address existing problems to make implant surgery possible. Once you’re confirmed to be a candidate, we can discuss what the implant process will look like.

Missing Single Tooth

A single dental implant is strong enough to support a crown on its own. Using a single implant crown instead of a traditional dental bridge means that we won’t have to alter the neighboring teeth to keep your prosthetic stable. We will carefully personalize your crown so that it matches the rest of the smile seamlessly.

Missing Multiple Teeth

A bridge can be attached to a pair of implants instead of rest on natural teeth. This approach is recommended if you’ve lost several teeth in a row. In the event that the missing teeth are located in different areas, or if there are more than can be replaced with a normal bridge, a partial implant denture might be used instead.

Missing All Teeth

Once you’ve lost all your teeth, full dentures will likely be your most practical replacement option. With four or more implant posts, we can give a full denture additional support and stability. Implant dentures make it easier for you to eat steak and other foods that require a lot of chewing.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

We can discuss the cost of dental implants in detail during your initial consultation; we can’t give you a set price before that point because there are various factors (such as the number of teeth that you’ve lost) that can change the amount you pay. You may be worried that dental implants are more costly than other tooth replacements, but since you don’t have to replace them as often, they can end up saving you money.