Dental implants are a very reliable source for effective tooth replacement. Whether you have lost one tooth or many, implants can provide a permanent solution that looks and functions normally.
Dental Implants in Highlands Ranch, CO
A dental implant is an artificial root where a manufactured tooth can be placed. Dental implants are used to support the replacement of a single tooth, multiple teeth, or larger prostheses such as dentures. The placement of the dental implant stabilizes bone levels and could prevent bone loss, resulting in greater long-term support, function, and aesthetics. Dental implants are a superior way to replace missing teeth since they do not require the alteration of neighboring teeth. They are also an excellent way to stabilize a denture.
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What is the procedure for dental implants? Are dental implants safe?
The first step of dental implants is having the dentist consult and examine the site in the mouth where the dental implant is being considered. The dentist will need to consider if any of the neighboring teeth need to be extracted and which type of bone graft needs to be conducted.
Once the patient has been given a few months to heal, the dental implant is placed into the bone and a healing cap is placed over the implant so the healing phase can begin. It's important to visit the dentist every six months for a check-up to ensure healing.
What types of dental implants exist?
Two of the most commonly used dental implants are endosteal implants and all-on-4 implants. Endosteal implants are the most common dental implant option. They are comprised of a titanium metal rod that is installed into the jawbone and a supporting post that is specifically designed to secure either a dental crown or a dental bridge. All-on-4 implants are a revolutionary dental implant system in which an entire top or bottom denture is supported on just four implants. Each implant is strategically placed so that the replacement teeth remain steady and secure. The advantage of using four implants is that it helps promote faster patient recovery and reduces the likelihood of complications from possible implant failure.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
When you lose a tooth, it can become difficult to chew and speak clearly. If tooth loss is left untreated, it could result in problems like tooth shifts, jawbone deterioration, facial structure, and bite imbalances. These issues usually develop over time when there is no root system to maintain bone health and alignment.
Dental implants offer a range of benefits for individuals looking to replace missing teeth.
Natural Look and Feel: Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth.
Durability: Implants are very durable and can last many years, often for a lifetime with proper care, making them a cost-effective, long-term solution for tooth replacement.
Improved Oral Health: Implants preserve more of your natural tooth structure, improving long-term oral health. Additionally, they also help prevent bone loss and stimulate bone growth.
Improved Comfort: Because implants are anchored into your jawbone, they eliminate the discomfort associated with removable dentures.
Enhanced Eating and Speaking: Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain. They also eliminate the discomfort and insecurity that come with poorly fitted dentures.
Convenience: Implants eliminate the inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.
Improved Self-Esteem: Dental implants can restore your smile and help you feel better about yourself, significantly boosting your self-esteem.
Prevents Facial Sagging and Premature Aging: Missing teeth can lead to a sunken appearance and premature aging. Dental implants maintain the structure of your jawbone and support your facial tissues, preventing this process.
While there are numerous benefits, choosing dental implants involves a comprehensive evaluation and a personalized treatment plan to ensure they are the right option for you.
If you have more questions about dental implants, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.