Colorado Springs Dental Implant Services
Before developing dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth. Since then, implant dentistry has become one of the most advanced treatments available and is now a widely used procedure in restorative services.
Not everyone in Colorado Springs is a good candidate for a dental implant; for a successful implant to take hold, you must have proper bone density and a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.
Want to know how the dental implants will look in your mouth? View our gallery of dental implant patients. Our dental implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of your natural teeth.
Implants for Missing Teeth
Surgery will be necessary to prepare the area for placement of a dental implant. We provide implants for:
- Replacing All Teeth: If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them.
- Replacing Multiple Teeth: If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them
- Replacing a Single Tooth: If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. If you are missing one tooth in a given area of your mouth, we may recommend that you consider one dental implant to replace the root of the missing tooth, and an implant crown to rebuild your tooth in a beautiful and natural-looking manner.
What Is the Dental Implant Procedure?
After we place the implant on your tooth, for the next two to six months both the implant and bone will bond together to form an anchor for your artificial tooth. During this time, a temporary tooth replacement option can be worn over the implant site.
Occasionally, a second step of the procedure is necessary to uncover the implant and attach an extension. This small metal post, called an abutment, completes the foundation on which your new tooth will be placed. Your gums will be allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure. There are some implant systems (one-stage) that do not require this second step. Finally, a replacement crown will be created for you by Dr. Hill and attached to your abutment. After a short time, you will experience restored confidence in your smile and your ability to chew and speak.
What to Expect After Treatment
After treatment, Dr. Hill will work closely with you to develop the best care plan for your healing. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your dental implant, teeth, and gums to make sure they are healthy. Because dental implants require surgery, patients will be administered anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure. Like any restoration, dental implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.