IMPLANT DENTISTRY

At Tecumseh Ridge Dental of Norman, we offer state-of-the-art dental implant treatment options for patients who have lost a tooth because of tooth decay, gum disease, or an injury. We offer single-tooth or multiple-teeth replacement. 

Restore the natural beauty of your smile.

Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural-looking teeth. They allow you to confidently live and enjoy everyday activities with a big smile.

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The top choice to replace missing teeth

Dental implants are today’s gold standard of tooth replacement. A tiny titanium “post” (the actual implant) is attached to a lifelike dental crown. The crown is the only part of this tooth-replacement system visible in your mouth. The implant rests beneath your gum line in the jawbone that used to hold your missing tooth. Two, four, or more implants can support multiple crowns or even an entire arch of upper or lower replacement teeth. 

Why do patients choose implants?

Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to health issues such as jawbone deterioration. Not to mention that a complete smile makes people feel more confident. Dental implants are also the most natural tooth replacement option.

Reasons for tooth loss can vary, from unforeseen trauma to decay and necessary extraction, but dental implants comprehensively replace lost teeth. Our Norman dental practice places implants in conjunction with a single crown, a fixed bridge, or even complete dentures that allow you to regain full functionality of your bite, maintain the health of your existing teeth and jawbone, and achieve a rejuvenated appearance. We take a patient-centered approach to patient care, ensuring each patient is comfortable and well-informed about their treatment, and make sure you will feel as comfortable as possible during your procedure.

Read more about the Connection between a Great Smile and Confidence.

How dental implants work

Implant-supported restorations are one of the best teeth replacement options available. They are the next best thing to a natural tooth from root to crown and are surgically placed into the jaw, preserving bone. After placement, the implant “post” and surrounding tissue fuse, creating a solid foundation for the restoration. As the implant doesn’t move within the bone, this stable option completely restores your ability to chew compared to a traditional, removable appliance.

When you choose implant placement, surrounding teeth do not shift due to empty spaces in your smile. This maintains proper alignment and decreases the likelihood of future issues developing that would need further intervention.

Still have questions about implant dentistry? Read 5 Things to Know about Dental Implants.

Dental implants by Andrew Wheatley, DDS in Norman

Your journey starts with an initial consultation and an exam before proceeding with treatment. This allows Dr. Wheatley to determine if dental implants are an ideal solution or if you require preoperative procedures to meet the oral health standards that support lasting results. Patients who are candidates for implants have sufficient jawbone in all dimensions and show no signs of active periodontal disease.

It is important to note that the entire process can take several months. Sometimes, you’ll need pre-treatments to bring you into candidacy for dental implants. We then create a custom treatment plan for you, and during your consultation, you will also discuss the cost and pricing of your implant surgery based on your specific situation.

Before placing the implant, we may schedule appointments to remove decayed teeth and repair other dental problems. In some cases, a bone graft may be necessary.

Before, during, and after, you are in good hands.

Once it is time for your implant to be placed, the procedure is not complex or painful. You will be sufficiently numbed up in the area, and the doctor surgically implants a thin screw made of durable titanium. The titanium integrates with your jawbone over several months. When bonding is complete, your dentist attaches a replacement tooth to the implant.

You may experience pain and soreness for a few days following your dental implant’s placement, but we will work with you on pain management options. Dr. Wheatley may recommend pain relievers to see you through.

We will monitor your healing process, ensure your gum tissue and bone remain healthy, and adjust to the implant as planned. Once the implant is healed, you will have to come back to us once again to place the permanent crown on the implant. Once healed, you brush and floss twice daily and come in for regular cleanings and routine checkups. No other maintenance is required.

In some cases, Dr. Wheatley works closely with a local oral surgeon or collaborates with other specialists to make sure our patients get the best possible outcome. Dr. Wheatley creates personalized solutions for each patient, helping them achieve the smiles they desire.

Read our comprehensive Dental Implant Patient Guide.

If you have missing teeth and would like more information about dental implants, call Tecumseh Ridge Dental at 405-857-6453 to schedule your consultation.

We are here for you – so you can smile with confidence.

Tecumseh Ridge Dental accepts most insurance plans. Financing is available as needed.

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