A dental implant is designed to replace a tooth. You can use dental implants to restore one or more teeth. Because dental implants look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth, they are often seen as the gold standard for replacing teeth. At Hope Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide dental implants for patients in Tulsa, OK, and the surrounding areas. We also offer various restorative dentistry services to new and existing patients in Tulsa.
Dental Implants in Tulsa, OK
There are three parts to a dental implant: a titanium post, abutment, and dental crown. First, the root form, or a titanium screw, is surgically placed into your jawbone. It is attached to the false tooth or false teeth with an abutment. Single dental implants secure dental crowns, and multiple dental implants can secure dentures.
At Hope Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Cha does his own surgery, so you will be assured that the implant is placed in the ideal position. You won’t have to worry about any miscommunication between the surgeon and the dentist.
Once Dr. Cha places the implant into your jawbone, we leave time for healing and for a process called osseointegration. This is where the jawbone grows around the implant to make it as secure as a natural tooth root. Once that has taken place, Dr. Cha will add a beautiful crown to the top of the root. He takes great pride in his cosmetic procedures, so you can be assured it will look just like a natural tooth. You now have a complete tooth replacement.
What If You’re Missing Multiple Teeth?
Dental implants can secure dental bridges or dentures to replace full rows or arches of missing teeth. Dr. Cha can help you decide which is the best treatment plan for you. Dental implants have many benefits over traditional bridges or removable dentures. Implants:
- Are MUCH more comfortable
- Secure restorations so they won’t fall out at embarrassing times
- Allow you to eat anything you want
- Can be cleaned just like your natural teeth
- Prevent the devastating effects of facial collapse
Choosing an Implant Dentist
If you are looking for quality implant dentistry, you’ll want to make sure your dentist has had sufficient training. Implant dentistry is a fairly new field, so it is not yet a recognized specialty. The downside to that is that any dentist can claim to be qualified to place implants. You don’t have to worry about that with Dr. Cha. He has impeccable credentials.
The Misch Institute
The Misch Institute is a world-renowned dental implant postgraduate study. Dr. Cha spent two years completing every course they had available, including the surgical program, bone grafting, plastic surgery, prosthetics, and cadaver programs. Dr. Cha is more than qualified to handle all aspects of dental implants.
An ICOI Fellow
The International Congress of Oral Implantologists (known as the ICOI) has challenging requirements to obtain fellowship status. Dr. Cha had to provide documentation of a large list of successful implant cases and a minimum of 75 hours of continuing implant education. In order to maintain his fellowship status, he must meet further requirements.
We have a new diagnostic tool available for our patients—the Cone Beam CT Scan. Traditional x-rays are still a great diagnostic tool, and we use them regularly. For some procedures, however, the cone beam x-ray’s three-dimensional view brings an exceptional advantage.
Additionally, we can zoom the image multi-directionally in order to see the exact area we need. Because we can zoom to any angle, even the biting surfaces of your teeth, we can use those images to make a 3-D model of your bite. This not only eliminates the need to take an old-fashioned impression in some procedures but also helps with the diagnostic process.
CT scans are not only useful to ensure precise implant treatment. With CT scans, we can:
- Evaluate jaw joint problems, such as TMJ
- Detect cysts, tumors, and infections
- Locate root canals
Restore Your Missing Teeth
Do you have missing teeth but don’t want removable dentures or bridges that ruin your natural teeth? Request a dental implant consultation with Dr. Cha on our website. You may also call our office for treatment at 918-347-1114.