Dental Implants Specialist

Wrany R Southard, D.D.S., P.C. -  - Doctor of Dental Surgery

Southard Dental

Wrany R Southard, D.D.S., P.C.

Doctor of Dental Surgery & Aesthetic Dentistry located in Tulsa, OK

Dental implants have become one of the most popular solutions for replacing missing teeth. At Southard Dental, Wrany Southard, DDS, PC, uses the latest, most advanced technology to provide a replacement for your missing tooth. To preserve the function of your teeth and even the contour of your face, call Southard Dental in Tulsa, Oklahoma, today or book your appointment online.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from titanium that Dr. Southard surgically places in your jawbone. They are extremely strong, made to support crowns, bridges, or dentures. 

Your restoration stays securely attached to an abutment that sits on top of your implant. It won’t slip or move around, making it one of the best options for tooth or teeth replacement because of its durability.

How does the dental implant process work?

Dr. Southard first determines the condition of your jawbone. It needs to be strong enough to receive the implant and fuse with it. If your jawbone can’t support it, you might be a candidate for a bone graft.

The procedure is performed in stages, depending on several factors, including:

  • Removal of your damaged tooth, if needed
  • Bone grafting, if needed
  • Dental implant placement
  • Fusion of the implant with your jawbone
  • Abutment placement
  • Artificial restoration placement

The full implant process can take many months from start to finish to allow healing time between each procedure. Once your jawbone has grown around your implant, the process can move fairly quickly.

Why do I need dental implants?

Missing teeth can actually affect much more than the aesthetics of your smile. Tooth loss can cause issues, including: 

  • Speech problems
  • Difficulty with chewing
  • Sunken facial contour
  • Shifting teeth
  • Increased risk for gum disease
  • Pain

Dental implants and a restoration can prevent these problems and help you get your oral health back, which can also boost your self-confidence.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are highly beneficial for many reasons. They improve your:

  • Appearance
  • Speech
  • Chewing ability
  • Oral health
  • Confidence

They are also very sturdy and durable.

How do I care for my dental implants?

You play a vital role in the success of your new implants and restoration. To provide the best care, brush at least twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush, using a low-abrasive toothpaste. Be sure to brush under and around your implant crown.

Also, a nylon-coated interdental brush can help you clean your hard-to-reach areas. With the right care, your dental implants can last a lifetime.

To learn more about dental implants, call Southard Dental for a consultation today or book your appointment online.