Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth. They are small titanium posts that are surgically implanted into the jawbone. Once the implant posts are placed, a process called osseointegration occurs. Osseointegration is when the jaw bone and implant actually fuse together. When this happens, the implant post becomes very stable and allows the mounting of a prosthetic crown.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements that look like real teeth. They are surgically implanted into the bone of the jaw, so they require surgical placement. After placement, your jawbone will fuse with the implant, creating a strong anchor for the restoration.
Our Dentist in Colorado Springs CO will custom-design your restoration, which will be attached to the implant. A bridge or dental crown will be the most common restoration, but dental implants can also be used to support a denture, as well.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants offer several benefits, including:
1. Improved appearance and function: Dental implants not only improve your smile’s appearance but can also prevent bone loss in the jaw. A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth replacement that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth.
2. Long-lasting results: Dental implants are very durable and can last for decades with proper care.
3. Convenience: Dental implants are convenient because they offer the same function as natural teeth. You can eat all the foods you love and never worry about your teeth falling out at inopportune moments.
Are Dental Implants the Right Option for You?
Dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement option for patients who live in good oral health. If you have tooth decay, gum disease, or other dental problems, these problems need to be addressed before you can receive dental implants. Our dentist will fully examine your teeth, gums, and mouth to look for any signs of dental problems. We will also take X-rays to see how healthy your jawbone is and to make sure it’s strong enough to support an implant.
If you’re a good candidate for dental implants, your dentist will discuss how the procedure works and what you can expect. Dental implants are permanent, so once they’re placed, you can care for them just like you would your natural teeth.
Dental Implantation Procedure
Dental implant procedures are usually performed over the course of two dental appointments. Each appointment will take about one to two hours. During the first appointment, we’ll make a small incision in the gum line. We’ll place the implant post into the socket and stitch the incision closed. We’ll give you temporary teeth to wear while the implant permanently fuses to the jawbone.
Once your jawbone has fused to the implant post, we’ll place an abutment. The abutment holds your prosthetic tooth in place. At the second appointment, we’ll remove the temporary teeth and install the permanent prosthesis.
To find out more about the dental services offered at North End Dental, call (719) 471-1900 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 1705 N Weber St, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.