Traditional Dental Implants
A beautiful smile is an important social asset, and so patients want to take good care of their teeth so they can keep them a lifetime. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Although gum disease and untreated cavities are the leading case of tooth loss, accidents are another common reason that a patient may be missing a tooth. By the age 44, nearly 69 percent of adults have lost at least one tooth. This can have a negative impact on their smiles and self-confidence. Dental implants are a popular option for restoring the aesthetics of your smile.
Dr. Rykard offers his patients two styles of implants, mini and traditional. Mini implants are generally used to support dentures that are fitted with special clasps. Traditional implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth. The restoration is completed with a dental crown or fixed dental bridge.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is implanted in the jawbone; it will function as a prosthetic tooth root. Titanium is biocompatible, so your jawbone will fuse to it in a process called osseointegration, this generally takes three to six months to complete, and then you will return to our office for the restoration.
Depending on your individual needs, Dr. Rykard may have only placed one implant to be completed with a dental crown or he may have placed a pair if you are missing multiple teeth that are being restored with a bridge. The doctor will begin by attaching an abutment to the implant. While most dentists would then have to take impressions and place a temporary restoration, he can use CEREC to design and fabricate your restoration the same day to complete the process.
A tooth restored with a dental implant looks and functions just like the rest of your teeth. They do not require any special care; all you need to do is brush and floss them along with your natural teeth. An added benefit of dental implants is they prevent bone loss around the empty tooth socket, something that traditional fixed dental bridges cannot accomplish. If you are missing one or more teeth, call our office at (405) 896-6919 and schedule an appointment to find out if dental implants are the perfect restoration option for you. Our office is a short drive for Edmond residents looking for quality dental care.