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Dental Implants — Norman, OK

Regain a Complete, Confident Smile

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Are you one of the 178 million Americans who are missing at least one permanent tooth? If so, it’s likely that some of your confidence and quality of life were lost along with them. Thankfully, Dr. Bobby Carmen can help you regain a complete, confident smile with dental implants in Norman! This state-of-the-art tooth loss solution allows you to replace your missing teeth with the next best thing by restoring the entire dental structure above and below the gumline. Read on to learn more about this life-changing treatment and give us a call today to schedule your consultation!

Why Choose Dr. Bobby J. Carmen, DDS For Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

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Your natural teeth are made up of two distinct parts: the visible crown that you see when you smile and the hidden roots that keep it in place. Traditional tooth replacement options like dentures and dental bridges only restore the crowns of missing teeth. Without a root structure to support these restorations, they tend to be far less comfortable, lifelike, and functional than natural teeth and can cause oral health complications. On the other hand, dental implants are designed to mimic all parts of a missing tooth.

A dental implant is a small titanium post that is placed into the jawbone to restore the root of a missing tooth. Titanium is a biocompatible material, so the implant post will fuse with the surrounding bone tissue to form a strong, reliable foundation. On top of the implant post, a custom-made restoration is secured via a small connector piece called an abutment. This final restoration could be a crown, bridge, or denture (depending on how many teeth you’re missing) that blends in seamlessly with the rest of your pearly whites. When you rebuild missing teeth from the roots up, the end result is a smile that looks, feels, and functions just like natural!

The Dental Implant Process

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Dental implant placement and restoration takes place over the course of several treatment phases that are usually completed as follows:

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Dental implants are far different than any other treatment option because they replace both the root and crown of the tooth. This not only helps to preserve your bone’s density, but also creates a secure and stable foundation for your replacement tooth.

Due to this unique process, dental implants offer exceptional benefits that are not possible with other options, including:

Who Dental Implants Can Help

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We recognize that all of our patients are unique, so Dr. Carmen always begins with a consultation to evaluate your needs so he can recommend the best treatment for you. Having said that, implants provide multiple benefits over other replacement options and are a great choice for many people. Dr. Carmen will create a custom treatment plan for you depending on how many teeth you’re missing.

Missing 1 Tooth

When a single tooth is lost, an implant post will be surgically placed into your jawbone to replace the root. After several weeks, your jawbone will be healed, allowing an abutment to be placed on the post. This acts as a connector to allow a custom-made crown to be attached. It will be made to match the size, shape, and color of your remaining teeth to blend in when you smile.

Missing Multiple Teeth

If you are missing several teeth in a row, each one will not be replaced individually. Instead, a bridge of prosthetic teeth is created to fill the empty space. Dental crowns are not placed on the adjacent teeth to hold it in place. As an alternative, an average of 1 or 2 implant posts are used to anchor it to your jawbone.

Missing All Teeth

With dental implants, you can say good-bye to the disadvantages of traditional dentures. An average of 4 implant posts will connect your denture to your jaw. You will not have to worry about any slipping or irritation while also enjoying an increased biting force of over 70%.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Easily the most frequently asked question about dental implant restoration is, “What does it cost?” While there is a significant investment of time and money on the front end of dental implant placement and restoration, the results will last for decades compared with other tooth replacement solutions that need to be repaired or replaced every five to seven years on average.

Our knowledgeable dentistry team works with dental insurance providers and third=party financiers regularly, so we can maximize your insurance coverage and help you get low- or no-interest financing plans. Call our team to schedule a consultation to find out more. We’ll examine your smile, answer your questions, and help you find a tooth replacement solution that fits your budget.

What Influences the Cost of Dental Implants?

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One dental implant without the cost of placement or the restoration (replacement tooth) can cost anywhere between $500 and $2000. This price is based largely on the material used to craft the implant post and the size of the implant. In addition to the cost of the implant itself, you also need to consider the price of surgical implant placement, attaching the connective abutment posts, designing and creating a tooth replacement, and the connection of the replacement tooth or teeth to implant posts.

A single dental implant supported crown can cost $2000 to $5000 or more in rare cases, and advanced tooth replacement options only go up from there. However, it’s important to remember you’re paying for a semipermanent solution. You won’t need to replace dental implant restorations every few years. Most patients keep their implant supported restoration for two or more decades.

Dental Insurance Coverage

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In most cases, dental insurance still doesn’t cover implants. However, some benefit plans have started to include these restorations, and we hope more will follow suit. We can typically use your dental insurance to cover part of the cost of your replacement tooth or teeth. We’ll work with your insurance provider to maximize this coverage.

Flexible Spending Accounts

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If you have a flexible spending account as part of your medical or dental insurance coverage, these funds can typically be put toward the cost of dental implants. If you plan to use your FSA funds, make sure you mention this, so we can receive preauthorization. We don’t want you to have any unexpected costs.

CareCredit & Payment Plans

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CareCredit is a third-party financier that works exclusively with medical and dental providers to give patients low and no interest payment plans for health care. CareCredit and other similar financial programs offer better rates than traditional creditors, and this is a great solution for patients who want to make the investment in a lifetime of healthy smiles, starting today with dental implant supported tooth replacement.