Dental Implants in Colorado Springs, CO
We want our Colorado Springs patients to know that before development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth! Implant Dentistry has become the most advanced treatment available to restore or replace your missing teeth.
Dental implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Dental Implants are usually made of a synthetic yet bio compatible material like metal or ceramic. The Implants are anchored to your jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, dental implants can be used to attach dentures. Want to know how the dental implants will look in your mouth? View our gallery of dental implant patients. Dental implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of your natural teeth.
Not everyone in Colorado Springs is a candidate for a dental implant, however. For a successful implant to take hold, you must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.
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Is Surgery Necessary?
Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for a dental implant and place the implant in the mouth. Dental implants are available to replace single teeth, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth.
Dental Implants for Replacing Single, Multiple, or All Teeth
Replacing All Teeth: If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.
Replacing Multiple Teeth: If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.
Replacing a Single Tooth: If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root. 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. Compared to other treatment options to replace missing teeth, such as bridges and removable partials, an implant with an implant crown offers a long-lasting solution for a missing tooth and requires fewer follow-up office visits.
What are the advantages of dental implant-supported bridges over bridges or dentures?
Dental implants provide several advantages over other teeth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, implant-supported bridges replace teeth without support from adjacent natural teeth. Other common treatments for the loss of several teeth, such as fixed bridges or removable partial dentures, are dependent on support from adjacent teeth.
Because implant-supported bridges will replace some of your tooth roots, your bone is better preserved. With a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, the bone that previously surrounded the tooth root may begin to resorb (deteriorate). Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.
In the long term, dental implants are aesthetic, functional and comfortable. Gums and bone can recede around a fixed bridge or removable partial denture, leaving a visible defect. Resorbed bone beneath bridges or removable partial dentures can lead to a collapsed, unattractive smile. The cement holding bridges in place can wash out, allowing bacteria to decay teeth that anchor the bridge. In addition, removable partial dentures can move around in the mouth and reduce your ability to eat certain foods.
How will the dental implant(s) be placed?
First, the implant, which looks like a screw, is placed into your jaw. Over the next two to six months, the implant and the bone are allowed to 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. These systems use an implant which already has the extension piece attached. Your periodontist will advise you on which system is best for you.
Finally, a replacement tooth called a 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 Can I Expect After dental implant Treatment?
As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply!
What's Next After Dental Implants?
After treatment, Dr. Hill will work closely with you to develop the best care plan for you. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your dental implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.
Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. In some cases, metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure to connect the tooth. Because dental implants require surgery, patients are 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.