Dental Implants - Oral Health Section by Dr. Glenda Payas of Tulsa, Oklahoma

Since their introduction more than 30 years ago, dental implants have become the gold standard treatment for patients who are missing teeth. 

With natural-looking, replacement teeth anchored to titanium dental implants, you can regain a healthy-looking smile with durable, long-lasting results, whether you are missing one or many of your natural teeth. 

No treatment for missing teeth produces superior effects — your replacement teeth will look and feel like your own, allowing you to speak and chew normally. 

No one will know which teeth are natural and which aren't unless you choose to tell them!  In addition to restoring your smile, dental implants help you to maintain your long-term health by preventing your natural teeth from migrating out of position and allowing you to eat foods that you would have to avoid with removable appliances.

The dental implant process requires a few steps. 

First, an implant dentist will place the implants, anchoring them firmly to your jaw. Over the following months, the implants will fuse with your bone, creating a solid support point to which your replacement teeth will be attached. 

During this time, the implants will be covered and temporary dentures will be used to allow you to eat and speak as usual. Once the implants are fully fused to the bone, a specialist will fabricate and place your new teeth, anchoring them to your implants to create fully functional replacements that will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. 

In the end, you will have attractive, fully functional teeth and a beautiful, gap-free smile — simply brush and floss your new teeth regularly to maintain them properly, the same as you would your natural teeth.

 

Source: Dr. Glenda Payas D.M.D., M.A.G.D., P.L.L.C .

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