Dental Implants in Norman
Restore Your Smile with Implants
For over 30 years, dental implants have helped return proper oral function for patients missing teeth. Whether you've lost one tooth or several, Dr. Carmen can restore your smile with this modern alternative to traditional bridges and dentures. As an implant dentist, Dr. Carmen will see you through every step of treatment, including implant placement, at our Norman dental office.
What are dental implants?
In order to understand the science behind dental implants, it's helpful to know a little about the structure of a tooth. A tooth is comprised of two parts: the crown and the root. The crown is the portion of the tooth above the gum line. The root extends into the jawbone and firmly anchors the tooth in place. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root surgically implanted into the jawbone. Made from biocompatible titanium, the dental implant provides a secure foundation onto which Dr. Carmen can attach a custom tooth replacement.
What is an implant dentist?
Implant dentistry is not a specialty recognized by the American Dental Association, so anyone can claim to be an implant dentist. Some dentists call themselves "implant dentists," although they don't perform the implant surgery themselves. Dr. Carmen has taken advanced courses in implant dentistry and is qualified to both place and restore dental implants in the comfort and convenience of our Norman, Oklahoma dental office. Only in advanced cases will he refer an implant patient to a trusted colleague for oral surgery.
What does the implant process involve?
It takes longer to receive dental implants than it does a traditional bridge or partial, but the benefits far outweigh the initial efforts. First, Dr. Carmen will examine your gums, jaw bone, and medical history to determine whether implants are right in your case. If you are healthy and have adequate bone structure, he will consult with you about what to expect. Implant placement involves a brief oral surgery, in which Dr. Carmen places one or more dental implants into the optimal position. The implant site must heal, allowing time for the jaw bone to fuse with the titanium post. After about three months, Dr. Carmen can affix a custom crown or implant-retained denture.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
- Function – Because dental implants closely mimic natural teeth, they provide the greatest level of comfort and stability for the patient.
- Support – Dental implants are the only tooth-replacement option that stimulates the jaw bone, preventing the bone loss that typically accompanies tooth loss.
- Success – Implant placement is highly predictable, and for the past 30 years dental implants have maintained a 98% success rate.
- Longevity – Dental implants can potentially last a lifetime, unlike bridges and dentures which need to be replaced every 7 to 10 years.
You can trust us with your smile. Call today to reserve your consultation with implant dentist Dr. Bobby Carmen. Patients from Norman, Moore, the University of Oklahoma, Central Oklahoma, and beyond visit us for quality dental care.