Dental implants are an excellent option for tooth replacement for patients who are appropriate candidates. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants feel and function like natural teeth. They are the absolute closest thing to natural teeth that modern dentistry offers. Dr. Powell received extensive training in both dental implant placement and restoration from the University of Oklahoma Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency. After completing his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, Dr. Powell was accepted to this prestigious year of advanced training where he received hands-on instruction from some of the top dentists in the state.
Dental implants are made of titanium, which is a biocompatible material that has the ability to heal and integrate with bone tissue. The dental implant itself, takes the place of a tooth root, and the abutment and crown compose the visible “tooth” portion of the dental implant. Most scientific literature reports dental implant success rates at approximately 95%. Dental implants require anywhere from 3 – 6 months of healing time after placement before the restorative phase begins. In certain cases, a bone graft may have to be performed either before the implant placement of at the time of implant placement. In such cases, additional months of healing time would be required to allow for the bone graft healing. Dental implants are one of the most exciting areas in modern dentistry because patients with missing teeth can now have their smile and confidence restored in a way that feels and functions like natural teeth.