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Dental Implants Provide Permanent Solutions for Missing Teeth
If you have a tooth that needs to be extracted or you have one or more teeth that have been missing for some time, you’re probably wondering about your options for getting a whole, natural-looking smile again. While dentures and dental bridges are still viable choices for some patients looking for restorative dentistry, dental implants present an attractive alternative.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a permanently installed prosthetic tooth. In most cases, the implant, itself, is a metal (usually titanium) stud or screw that’s implanted into the jawbone. This is called an endosteal implant, as it is installed in the bone. In some cases, when there is not enough bone mass for an endosteal implant, though, a subperiosteal implant will be used, which will sit on top of the jawbone under the gum tissue.
In either case, the implant will have an anchor for a permanent dental crown. The whole procedure involves two phases and usually takes about three to six months to complete. In the first phase, the implant will be surgically installed, and a temporary crown will be put in place while the jawbone and gum tissue heal. Once they are healed, your permanent crown will be created and adjusted to fit perfectly with the rest of your teeth and with your bite.
Advantages of Dental Implants Over Other Solutions
Though the procedure does take some time, once it is complete, you will have a completely natural looking, functional tooth where you once had a gap between your teeth. You will also no longer have to worry about adjacent teeth shifting, damage to their roots, or bone loss in your jaw.
Dental implants have one obvious advantage over full or partial dentures in that they are permanent and do not require you to care for them in any special way other than brushing and flossing as normal. However, they have another advantage over bridges, as well.
A bridge is much like a dental crown, but instead of replacing one tooth, it replaces multiple teeth. If you choose a bridge over a dental implant, it will have to be anchored on the adjacent teeth. That will require them to be shaven down the same way we would prepare a tooth for a dental crown. If these teeth are otherwise healthy, many patients would much rather keep them as they are instead of ruining them to put a bridge in place.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Every patient is different, but if you have enough bone mass in your jaw and you want to restore your natural, healthy smile, you may be a great candidate for dental implants. We offer all types of dental implant services, including Nobel and Biohorizons, and we perform all-on-4 implants for implant-supported dentures, as well.
Replacing your missing tooth or teeth with dental implants could improve your dental health and your confidence at the same time. To learn more about this procedure and whether or not it’s right for you, call HollowBrook Family Dentistry in Colorado Springs today at 719-633-0049 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Smith, Dr. Erlander or Dr. Thomas.
Read our Facts about Dental Implants Blog to learn more about if this is the procedure for you.