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Dental Implants

Dental implants are becoming increasingly popular as a method of replacing missing teeth. This is due in part to high success rates, easy maintenance, and an extremely aesthetic option for replacing one or multiple teeth. A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is surgically placed into the jawbone, serving as an artificial tooth root. Dental implants can provide a sturdy, durable base for dental prostheses like ceramic crowns or replace more than one tooth with a dental bridge.

Single tooth implants and implant bridges

A dental implant and ceramic crown is an excellent option for replacing a single tooth. Dental implants are effective because unlike removable partials and tooth-retained bridges they do not require attachment to adjacent teeth. Dental implants help preserve and support healthy bone and are natural in appearance.
An implant supported bridge is a dental bridge that is secured to two or more dental implants rather than relying on the adjacent natural teeth for support. An implant supported bridge is an alternative solution for wearing a conventional partial denture.

Implant supported partials and dentures

For people with severely decayed or missing teeth, partials and dentures can dramatically improve confidence, health, and quality of life. But traditional removable dentures (full or partial) can be cumbersome, shift while eating or speaking, and interfere with your ability to fully experience food or even communicate effectively.
Implant-supported partials and dentures give your prosthesis a more stable, comfortable fit and improve bite efficiency, which results in less irritation to your gums, since they do not rest directly on your gum tissue like a traditional denture does. Implant-supported partials and dentures can help regain confidence in your smile in its appearance, comfort, and functionality.

Dental implants offer a wide range of benefits for patients who are missing teeth, but in order for them to mimic proper jaw and teeth functionality; they must be placed carefully and correctly. Key factors that determine if you are a candidate for dental implants include: adequate natural bone density to support the implants, healthy gum tissue, and good overall health, to ensure proper healing. Dr. Campbell at Norman Smile Center is experienced in the biological, technical, and anatomical aspects of proper dental implant placement, using the most advanced imaging technology to develop the right placement plan for you.
Dr. Campbell will use a local anesthetic to numb the area receiving the implant. You may elect to use nitrous oxide or oral sedation during the procedure. A small incision is made and the implant is placed. Following implant placement, the site will require 8 weeks of healing prior to the fabrication of an implant retained crown or bridge.
Dental implants require the same oral hygiene care as natural teeth, but because dental implants are made of titanium, there is no risk of decay. However dental implants can be vulnerable to gum disease, which is why good oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings are recommended.