Dental Implants | Overland Park and Mission, KS
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small, medical-grade titanium post inserted into the jaw to support your permanent replacement tooth or teeth. Dental implants are made of a biocompatible material (titanium) that integrates with the bone in the jaw to create a stable foundation for the restorative crown or prosthesis.
There are three parts to a dental implant: the titanium implant, the abutment and the crown.
The titanium implant replaces the root of your natural tooth. Dr. Oakley inserts the implant into your tooth socket, where it fuses with the jawbone to create a stable base for the new tooth.
The abutment connects the implant to your new prosthetic tooth, creating a secure, permanent hold.
The crown is the prosthetic tooth placed on top of the abutment. Crowns look and function just like a natural tooth. Some patients receive multi-tooth prostheses instead of individual tooth crowns, depending on the number of teeth replaced.
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Dental implant placement is a team effort between Oakley Oral Surgery and a restorative dentist. Dr. Oakley performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis, as well as any temporary prosthesis needed during the dental implant process.
Oakley Oral Surgery is able to customize your treatment plan to fit your personal situation and preferences by offering a variety of dental implant options. We offer traditional implants for multiple or single missing teeth, and Refresh Smile® (All on 4). These choices are all excellent ways to replace missing teeth. When you visit Oakley Oral Surgery, Dr. Oakley and our Dental Implant Treatment Coordinator will develop a personalized plan to restore your confident smile by using the dental implant option that is best for you.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Oakley is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of four to six months of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
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WHY DO I NEED AN ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGEON?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the most highly qualified to place dental implants, extract teeth and perform other surgeries that involve oral structures and jaw bones. As stated by The Dental Implant Guide, “patients should understand that there is a significant difference between residency trained surgical specialists (oral surgeons and periodontists) and [general] dentists.” An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a dental specialist with hospital-based, residency-based experience, often recommended by your dentist (or other health care professional) to manage the entire mouth and reestablish structures of your teeth. “It is the extensive amount of training and experience of the surgical specialists that enables them to diagnose and manage the potential complications that can occur with surgical procedures.” This health and stability is vital to ensure the quality, longevity and aesthetics of your dental services and restorations. Your mouth is more than your center of expression, your instrument of communication and your vehicle of nutrition…it is your health. Oral disease can greatly affect your overall health, so proper attention must be given to your oral condition.
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BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Dental implants have a much better long-term success rate. When comparing the cost of a dental implant versus a bridge, the dental implant will be most cost effective over time. An average lifespan of a bridge is 7-10 years. 95% of dental implants placed are still working at the 25-year mark. When comparing the cost of replacing a bridge every 10 years, the dental implant is a much better investment.
Dental implants look and feel just like your real teeth. Everything about the new tooth, including the color and shape, is made to match your original. The result is a natural smile that can bring back your confidence and quality of life. With your new teeth sparkling on the outside, you will soon feel a smile coming back on the inside.
Dental implants are very durable. With proper care and good oral hygiene, implants will last for many years or even a lifetime. Since dental implants are fixed to your jawbone, they are usually more stable, more comfortable and long lasting than other restorations.
Dental implants bring back the full function of natural teeth. Eat and speak normally again. No matter how hard, crunchy or sticky the food, dental implants can allow you to bring it back into your life. They can also restore your clear speech.
Dental implants do not harm neighboring teeth. Usually when a dental bridge is replaced, one or more teeth may be lost. This makes dental implants more cost effective and does not harm adjacent teeth.
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Patient Review By Kurt J
Dr. Oakley, the front office, and his team did an amazing job of making me feel comfortable throughout my entire implant process, while keeping me well informed. I would recommend Dr. Oakley to anyone I know needing the expertise of an oral surgeon, especially if they have a need for a dental implant.
- Kurt J
Patient Review By Biff B
Dr Oakley had a difficult situation with me he had to take out 4 failed implants that were done by another dr. Dr Oakley and his staff did a beautiful and fantastic job. I knew going in the issues potential nerve damage and doc you did great thank you!
- Biff B
Patient Review By Ron B
Wow, fantastic experience. Staff was amazing. Dr. Oakley is a talented doctor. Thank you! I love my new dental implant. I can eat anything again!!!
- Ron B
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