Dr. Melvin Benson is one of few area dentists offering complete services for dental implants, considered the “gold standard” for replacing missing teeth. Dr. Benson has received specialized post graduate training for the placement of dental implants from the prestigious McGarry Implant Institute in Oklahoma City.
About Dental Implants
Since their introduction in the mid-1950s, dental implants have become the gold standard replacement option for missing teeth. Dental implants mimic the natural root-and-crown structure of a real tooth and consist of three primary parts:
- The implant: Dr. Benson will insert this small titanium screw into the jaw below the site of the missing tooth.
- The abutment: This part is inserted into the implant and secures the implant to the prosthesis.
- The restoration: This refers to the dental prosthesis that replaces the crown portion of the tooth. Typical implant restorations include crowns, bridges, and even full dentures.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants replace both the root and crown portions of the tooth, helping to maintain healthy jaw bone density and proper spacing and alignment of remaining teeth. Implant-secured dentures offer significantly enhanced security and stability over traditional suction-secured dentures. There is no need for daily maintenance with dental implant secured dentures- and no fear of slippage. With dental implants, patients can eat and speak normally, enjoying a good quality of life every day.
Dental Implants Step by Step
Dental implants are a multi-step procedure resulting in natural looking and functioning results. If a tooth extraction is needed, that will be performed first and then the dental implant will be surgically placed in the jawbone. The implant is a small post made of titanium that will fuse with the living bone as it heals, forming a solid structure for the replacement tooth. In some cases, Dr. Benson may be able to immediately replace the dental implant with a dental crown, bridge or denture. In other instances, a temporary restoration will be placed while the implant heals and integrates with the bone. It typically takes 3 to 6 months for the implant to fully fuse with the jawbone. The final restoration will be attached to the dental implant for a permanent restoration.
Dental Implant FAQs
How much do dental implants cost? The cost of dental implants is determined by the number and location of implants, as well as your overall dental health. Dr. Benson will review all of your options as well as the cost of procedures prior to treatment. Most dental implant procedures are not covered by insurance, however, we will submit the necessary billing and documentation to your insurance company to allow for the maximum reimbursement. Integrated Dental Arts also offers flexible payment options and interest free financing to help make dental implants more affordable.
Are Dental Implants Right For Me? In order to be a candidate for dental implants, patients should be healthy enough for surgery, have healthy gums and adequate bone structure to support the implant. Dr. Benson will perform a comprehensive evaluation and recommend the various treatment options available to you.
What is the best choice for missing teeth? Whether you have one or several missing teeth, there are may options for replacement. Dr. Benson will evaluate your condition and help you choose which replacement option is best for you. In many cases, a dental implant is the best choice for someone who wants a long lasting, worry free solution. Dental implants have the highest success rate and patient satisfaction compared with any other type of dental treatment. Dental implants give patients the most lifelike replacement for missing teeth with the ability to eat, drink, speak and smile confidently and without any restrictions.
How long does a dental implant last? With proper care and maintenance, you can expect your dental implant to last a lifetime.