You Should Consider Dental Implants When:

Shifting Teeth

Teeth brace each other against the forces of biting and chewing. When one is gone, the others can shift out of place.

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Damaged Teeth

Teeth share the load evenly. There is more load for each tooth with fewer teeth, putting teeth at risk for wear and breakage.

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Jaw Problems

Shifting teeth and imbalanced bite forces can increase your risk of developing TMJ.

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More Lost Teeth

Shifting teeth can get harder to clean, increasing the risk of gum disease, and with more damaging force, you might lose additional teeth.

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Bad Impressions

A missing tooth is the most visible cosmetic defect in a smile. People jump to conclusions about a person who is missing one or more teeth.

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Finding A Smile Solution With Dental Implants

Attractive

sparkly illustration of a toothThey look just like natural teeth. No one will be able to tell you lost a tooth.

Self-Supporting

dental implant illustration with a dental crown on top of it. They are anchored independently in the jawbone. They don’t use hooks or clasps and aren’t attached to neighboring teeth.

Functional

illustrated appleEat all your favorite foods and speak clearly without worrying about dentures that might slip or click.

Low-Maintenance

dental toothbrush, illustrated No special cleaning: just brush, floss, and see the dentist.

Healthy

illustrated medical logo Unlike dentures and dental bridges, implants stimulate your jawbone to keep it strong.

Versatile

illustrated clipboardCan replace one tooth, a few teeth, or all your teeth.

Strong

illustration of a tooth, showing how strong a dental implant isImplants are made of a titanium root topped with an advanced ceramic crown.

Durable

illustrated calendar show maintenance schedule for caring for a dental implantWith proper maintenance, they can last a lifetime.

Biocompatible

illustrated tooth with a large checkmark, showing that a dental implant can be biocompatible with your jaw bone. Your body accepts titanium so readily that it incorporates it into your bone.

Dental Implants Process

Dental implants take time, but the process isn’t complicated.

Preparing for Dental Implants

Your mouth may not be ready for them at first. We may need to:

  • Remove damaged teeth
  • Treat gum disease
  • Add bone to support the implant

Placing the Dental Implants

  • The dental implant is placed in the jawbone
  • The dental crown might be placed the same day

Placing the Dental Crown

  • If we didn’t place it right away, the dental crown is placed 4-6 months later when the dental implant is fully integrated into the bone.

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Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Almost everyone who has lost teeth is a candidate, and if you aren’t, you can usually become one with only an extra step or two. Dental implants are the best tooth replacement on the market, so we do everything to make you a candidate. The ideal candidate:

Is in good oral and general health

Not in Good Health? Treatments are available. If gum disease is the reason for your missing teeth, we’ll need to treat it before we can place your implants. If we don’t, it can turn into a peri-implantitis infection which can cause your implant not to heal or loosen and fall out. Treating your gum disease may take a few weeks, but we’ll give you beautiful teeth after you’re good and healthy. 

Is a nonsmoker

Smoker? You’ll have to quit while implants heal—and it’s best if you quit altogether.

Has good bone density at the implant site

Limited bone? Bone grafting can make the site ready for implants. 

Is committed to caring for dental implants

Are you not committed? We can help you make the commitment or find a better option. For most people, caring for dental implants is as easy as caring for your natural teeth.

mature woman relaxing on couch at home showing off her amazing smile with dental implants

Dental Implant FAQ

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of your dental implants depends on various factors such as the condition of your gums, if we need to extract teeth, if a bone graft is required, and how many implants we will be placing. For an accurate quote, schedule an appointment by calling (918) 528-3330 or making an appointment online. 

Are dental implants covered by insurance?

More and more insurances are choosing to cover at least part of dental implants. However, you’ll have to check with your specific insurance to know for sure. If you need help, let us know!

If your insurance doesn’t cover them, we offer financing through CreditCare and the Lending Club and credit cards. 

How long do dental implants last?

As long as you take care of your teeth, they can last a lifetime! The crown will have to be replaced every 10-15 years, but the implant post won’t have to be replaced unless the implant, your gums, or the bone around it is damaged. 

Do dental implants hurt?

We do everything we can to ensure your comfort at our dental spa. You’ll be sedated and numbed during the surgery so that you won’t feel a thing. Afterward, we’ll prescribe medication to keep any discomfort at bay. 

How do I keep my dental implant clean?

One of the many great things about dental implants is that they are just like natural teeth. So you clean them the same way. Brush twice daily, floss, use mouthwash and visit us twice a year for cleanings.

Will people be able to tell I have dental implants?

No! They look and function just like natural teeth. You never have to tell a soul that you have implants, and they’ll never be able to tell. 

Can you drive after dental implant surgery?

No, you won’t be able to drive. The procedure is invasive, so you’ll be sedated. You will need someone to drop you off at your appointment and pick you up afterward. We also recommend a day or two of rest afterward. 

Want to learn more about dental implants? Please contact élan by Dr. Meghan Hodges at (918) 528-3330 in Tulsa, OK today.