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Dental Implants – Edmond, OK

It’s Not Too Late for Your Smile

While removable dentures and bridges may look like real teeth, the only difference between dental implants and actual teeth is that they aren’t made by nature. When it comes to their look, strength, and durability, however, they are indistinguishable from the real thing. They are largely considered the gold standard for tooth replacement, and whether you need to close a single gap or require a full denture, Dr. M. Kent Smith is ready to rebuild your smile for life using this state-of-the-art treatment. To learn more and get started, contact us today to discuss replacing missing teeth with dental implants in Edmond, OK.

Why Choose M. Kent Smith DDS for Dental Implants?

  • Dentist with Over 30 Years of Experience
  • We Take the Time to Listen to Our Patients
  • Able to Replace Any Number of Teeth

What is a Dental Implant?

X-ray of dental implant supported dental crown

Your teeth have two main parts—the crown, which you can see when you smile, and the root that supports it from beneath the gum line. Most tooth replacements only bring back the crown and simply sit on top of the gums, but implants restore the root as well. A small titanium post is placed into the jaw, where it bonds with the nearby bone, and this provides the foundation for a new crown, bridge, or denture.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Animated dental implant supported dental crown

Why does Dr. Smith highly recommend dental implants to every patient with missing teeth? Because they offer a number of advantages you just can’t get with other treatments:

  • Security: Dental implanted teeth never slip or slide out of place while eating or speaking because they are held within thick jawbone just like real teeth.
  • Natural Appearance: Above the gum line, dental implants can be perfectly matched to your remaining teeth, allowing them to blend into any smile and restore someone’s confidence.
  • Easy Maintenance: With other dental prosthetics, you have to take them out and clean them separately from your teeth. With implants, however, you only have to brush and floss them like normal to keep them looking and feeling like new.
  • Made to Last: A well-made denture or bridge will last for about 7-10 years, but a dental implant can easily last for 30+ years—many are able to endure for the rest of a patient’s life.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Man considering dental implants

Dental implants can be used to help patients dealing with any degree of tooth loss. After giving you an exam to confirm that your gums and jawbone are healthy enough to support the new roots, Dr. Smith will go over your replacement options and help you select the one that is best for you.

Missing Single Tooth

Animated dental implant supported dental crown

A custom-made porcelain crown can be attached to an implant and placed between two remaining teeth without disturbing the nearby dental structure. Unlike a dental bridge, this approach doesn’t require healthy teeth to be reshaped to make room for the prosthetic, better preserving someone’s precious enamel.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Animated dental implant supported fixed bridge

We don’t need to use individual implants for each missing tooth. Rather, just one to two implants can be used to support a bridge or partial denture that brings back several teeth at once, whether they are right next to each other or placed throughout the arch. 

Missing All Teeth

Animated dental implant supported denture

Even patients with complete tooth loss can benefit from implant dentistry, as a full denture can be anchored to the jawbone using just four to six well-placed implants. This gives the new teeth much more stability compared to a regular denture, plus the prosthetic tends to be smaller, enabling a patient to speak more easily and better taste their food.

How Dental Implants Work

Model smile with dental implant supported fixed bridge

After Dr. Smith has determined that you are a good candidate for dental implants, he will refer you to a local specialist, who will surgically place the titanium roots into your jawbone. Your mouth will be given a few months to heal, and then you’ll return to Dr. Smith, who will attach your new teeth to the roots. This team-based approach ensures that our patients receive the safest and most reliable care throughout the implant process, practically guaranteeing success for decades to come.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Two animated dental implant supported dental crowns

No two implant procedures are exactly alike—some patients require a single implant, while others need several in addition to treatment for gum disease. Because of this, the cost can be quite different from patient to patient. While implants do tend to be more expensive compared to traditional bridges and dentures, their longevity makes them one of the best investments in all of dentistry. They are proven to last for decades, and this helps a patient save thousands in the long run because they don’t have to regularly replace their new teeth.