A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth as a result of injury, periodontal disease, or any other reason. Dr. Warlick offers dental implants to patients in Tulsa, Broken Arrow and surrounding areas of Oklahoma. Dental implants offer patients alternative solutions over dentures and bridges. A dental implant is a metal post that Dr. Warlick surgically positions into the jaw, making the replacement tooth feel and look more natural. While implants are typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they provide superior benefits. Implants are stronger than natural teeth and generally last 10-20 years. They are also a more favorable approach than bridgework since they do not depend on neighboring teeth for support. Patients who have used both bridges and implants find that implants allow them to speak and eat more easily.
What happens during the procedure for Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are done at the Tulsa Family Dental office and require several appointments to complete the procedure. Dental Implants require a local anesthesia to help the patient remain comfortable. The implant is placed in the jaw bone. The healing period is typically four to six months, during which time the implant fuses to the bone.
After the initial healing period, a small attachment is added to the implant. This is used to attach the replacement tooth to the implant. The final phase requires several visits. Dr. Warlick takes impressions of the patient’s mouth and sends the impressions to a lab. When the replacement tooth is ready, Dr. Warlick attaches the replacement tooth to the implant. Healing time is typically two months. Dr. Warlick schedules follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process.
When can normal activities be resumed after the procedure?
Patients can resume normal activities immediately after the procedure. Patients should practice good oral health care so that additional dental implants are not necessary.
Is there any pain associated with the procedure for Dental Implants?
Most patients experience minimal discomfort after the Dental Implants procedure. Some patients may experience mild swelling of the gums and face, as well as slight bleeding and bruising. Dr. Warlick may prescribe pain medications to address any discomfort. Patients who experience any other pain or discomfort should contact Tulsa Family Dental for a follow-up appointment.
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