Replacing Missing Teeth

Your teeth affect your whole body. When they’re healthy, you’re healthier too. A missing tooth can affect your bite, speech and eating choices. As you rely more on your remaining teeth, you increase the chance they will wear out prematurely, or be damaged or lost. You may also experience headaches and/or jaw pain.

Generally, people will lose 25% of their supporting jawbone structure within the first year after tooth loss. Dental implants are more easily placed when teeth are first extracted because bone replacement becomes more complex as time passes.  Implants act just like your natural teeth. They safeguard and preserve your bone structure, oral health and appearance. Your dentist and the implant surgeon will provide you with options so that you can make the most informed decision concerning tooth replacement.

Tooth Replacement Options

You can select from a number of different options to replace your missing teeth – from temporary to long-lasting solutions.
A good candidate is anyone missing one or more teeth, or who is unhappy with their dentures. Age is not a factor. However, smoking, diseases such as diabetes, and radiation therapy to the area, have been shown to lower the success rate of implant placement. X-rays of your jaw will be taken to evaluate whether they will accommodate implants. Detailed x-rays may also be required to determine if other tests or procedures are needed to place implants properly.

Fixed Bridge, dental bridge

Fixed Bridge

A fixed bridge is a connected set of replacement teeth. For support, it is cemented into position on top of the teeth adjacent to the empty space. The protective outer layer of these teeth is usually removed or ground down prior to attaching the bridge.

Flipper, removable plastic retainer

Flipper

A fragile, temporary and inexpensive solution is a removable plastic tooth with a plastic retainer, often called a “flipper”.

Metal Partial, removable partial denture

Metal Partial

A less fragile option is a removable partial denture cast in metal and plastic. It is held in place by wire clips. A removable partial denture can be removed and reinserted when required by the patient.

Denture

Denture

The most common solution, for people missing all teeth in one or both jaws are complete dentures. Some people adapt well to dentures. Others find them uncomfortable, even intolerable, because of differences in jaw size and shape.

Dental Implant

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most comfortable and permanent solution. They form a strong foundation for teeth and keep the jaw healthy and strong. Implants support individual replacement teeth or secure specialized dentures in place. Unlike bridges, no healthy teeth are damaged. Unlike most bridges, implants can last a lifetime. Implant-supported replacement teeth can be attractive, stable, and comfortable for almost any patient.

Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?

There are several reasons: A dental bridge can sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge the space of the missing tooth/teeth. In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation

What Are Dental Implants?

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.

Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.  A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.

Surgical Advances

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Hager, Dr. Bowers and Dr. Klaus are often able to place implants at the time of extractions or in a fashion that does not require a second procedure to uncover them.

Dental implant placement is a team effort between an implant surgeon and a restorative dentist.  Drs. Hager, Bowers or Klaus performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary.  The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

Periodontal Implant Center

5 out of 5 stars based on 17 Dental Implants reviews.

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Have nothing but praise for Dr. Bower and the whole staff. As a fearful patient, I was made very comfortable and treated with respect!

- Arleather Rice L

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

The best office staff and Dr Haggar is amazing. Would highly recommend!

- Robyn B

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Dr Bowers was exceptionally nice in that she texted/called to check with me after the procedure. I truly appreciated her extra effort.

- Maude "Ann" L

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Great experience.

- Anonymous

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Very good care.

- Monte G

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I had a very good experience. 5

- Teresa L

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Everyone makes it comfortable for the patient.

- Jana R

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Dr. Hager and his staff got me through some pretty serious dental work in great shape. They were professional, highly skilled and pleasant through every visit. They made it clear that only the best possible care was satisfactory to them. I highly recommend them for any dental procedure. I will certainly call them should I need such help in the future.

- Gary A

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I was very satisfied with the staff and the process.

- Nancy E

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

This was my last check up appointment for my dental implant. I have been very satisfied with Dr. Hager and his office staff. I have recommended him to friends if by chance they ever need his type of service.

- Nancy R

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Dr Hagar was very patient with me in explaining everything that needed to be done. I felt so much better afterwards and wasn't as nervous about the procedures. The staff was excellant and handled insurance claims for me after the procedures. Very professional and took great care of me.

- Cindy W

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Could not ask for a better group! Everyone helped make this process the best possible. Dr. Hagar is above and beyond in service and expertise.

- Jo U

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I was beyond pleased. And I ended up having 3 implants. I had been told by my regular dentist that 2 of the implants would be difficult because of a great deal of bone loss. The entire procedure was so much easier than I had imagined and came out great. The entire staff that I met with was caring, courteous, and concerned. Dr. Hager made and sent me a "fake tooth" retainer to use while I was waiting on my last crown. This was not expected but greatly appreciated. The implant area was very obvious and made me much more comfortable about my appearance.

- carolyn d

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Very professional service and care.

- Monte G

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I'm in the process of getting an implant and Dr Bowers is a wonderful dentist. Her and her staff are passionate, extramly friendly and professional. They make you feel very important and help in any way they can. The process of getting an implant is not the funest thing, but they make it way better! I would highly recommend the Edmond office and Dr Bower!

- Amber I

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Great experience

- Cheryl G

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Periodontal Implant Center has a very professional staff and provides excellent service.

- Mark M

5 out of 5 stars on