Understand the Basics: A Comprehensive Guide to Dental Implants

October 2, 2023by Office Staff

When you think of iconic American roads, Route 66 undoubtedly comes to mind. Much like this historic highway, the journey to a perfect smile requires expert guidance and precise attention to detail. At Route 66 Smiles Family Dentistry, we’re proud to be your navigators on the path to dental wellness. With our strategically located practices in El Reno and Yukon, Oklahoma, we’re conveniently poised to guide you through every twist and turn of the dental implant process. Dive in as we unpack everything you need to know about this transformative procedure.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are essentially titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone, mimicking the role of tooth roots. Once the implants bond with the bone, they become a sturdy base for supporting one or multiple artificial teeth, known as crowns.

Why Choose Dental Implants?

There are numerous reasons why dental implants have grown in popularity at our El Reno and Yukon offices:

  1. Natural Look and Feel: Implants closely replicate the appearance and function of your natural teeth. No one but you will know you have them.
  2. Durability: With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
  3. Preservation: Implants prevent jawbone loss and protect the facial structure.
  4. Convenience: No more removing dentures or dealing with messy adhesives.

The Dental Implant Procedure – What to Expect

  1. Consultation: Our dedicated team at Route 66 Smiles Family Dentistry will conduct a comprehensive examination to determine if you’re a candidate for implants.
  2. Bone Grafting (if necessary): Some patients might need a bone graft if the jawbone isn’t thick enough or is too soft.
  3. Implant Placement: The titanium implant is surgically placed into the jawbone. It may take several months for the implant to bond with the bone.
  4. Abutment Addition: Once healed, an abutment (a small connector post) is attached to the implant.
  5. Crown Placement: Finally, the new artificial tooth (crown) is attached to the abutment.

Aftercare and Long-term Success

Taking care of your dental implant is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and routine check-ups at our El Reno or Yukon, Oklahoma locations are essential. Our team will provide personalized aftercare advice to ensure your implant’s longevity.

Setting Off On Your Dental Journey With Route 66 Smiles Family Dentistry

Embarking on the route to dental wellness is a significant decision. At Route 66 Smiles Family Dentistry, we prioritize patient education and are here to answer all your questions about dental implants. With our two convenient locations in El Reno and Yukon, Oklahoma, a revitalized, radiant smile is closer than you think. Book an appointment today and let us pave the way to your smile transformation.

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