If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants offer a permanent tooth replacement option. Implant dentistry is among the areas of specialty of Brooke Watson, DDS, and Braeden Alverson, DDS, of Palmer Park Dentistry in Colorado Springs, Colorado. When you’re ready to learn more about how dental implants can restore your smile, call the office or book a personalized consultation online today.
Missing teeth can certainly make it hard to feel confident about your smile. But there are also serious dental health issues to consider.
Each of your natural teeth is anchored directly within the underlying bone tissue. Each time you chew or bite down, you stimulate that tissue, keeping it healthy and strong.
Losing a tooth means losing that stimulation. The underlying bone tissue can begin to wear away, weakening the connection between adjacent teeth and bone. This can lead to additional tooth loss.
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option. Individual implants consist of a metal post that replaces the root of a tooth and an artificial crown that replaces the visible portion of a tooth. Some systems use a small piece called an abutment to connect the post and crown.
If you need to replace an entire upper or lower span of teeth, there are systems like All-on-4® that secure an entire arch of false teeth using just four implanted posts.
Because dental implants are secured within your natural bone tissue, they look and act just like natural teeth. The bone tissue in your jaw receives enough stimulation to remain healthy.
The planning stage for dental implants is arguably the most important part of the process. Your dentist gathers imaging and uses advanced software to create a customized treatment plan. The exact angle and positioning of your implant is determined by advanced software.
On the day of your procedure, you’ll receive an injection of numbing medication to keep you comfortable throughout the visit. Your dentist creates an incision in your gums to access the underlying bone. A small pilot hole is created to guide the placement of the post.
Once in place, your gums are closed around the implanted post, and a period of healing begins. Once your bone tissue has fused to the implanted post, you’ll return to have the crown attached.
This completes the dental implant process. You’ll walk out with your new smile, ready to share with the world. Your implant is checked on subsequent dental exams, just like the rest of your teeth.
If you have questions or concerns about the dental implant process, call the office to schedule a visit or use the easy online booking tool to find a time that fits your busy life.