Are you embarrassed by unsightly gaps due to missing teeth? With dental implants, you no longer have to hide your smile. Dental implants are a two-step surgical replacement for a missing tooth’s roots. They can correct your bite and keep the teeth surrounding a gap from changing position. Implants are a permanent solution, they will look, feel and act exactly like your natural teeth.
Are dental implants right for me?
Great candidates for dental implants must have certain qualities. A strong commitment to oral hygiene is necessary. Dedicated at-home care and regular dental checkups are crucial to the life of your implants. Your dentist will assess the bone density in the jaw. Enough bone is needed for the implant to successfully integrate into.
Some patients require dental implants to replace a tooth that has been missing for a long time. Others need implants because they have a tooth that must be extracted due to decay or trauma. If dental implants are the answer to a tooth extraction, you may need to wait for the extraction to heal before the implant can be placed.
Dental implants are made up of three parts. The implant’s fixture is the post that replaces the missing tooth’s root. The fixture is what is placed into the jaw bone. An abutment is used to connect the fixture to the crown, or prosthetic tooth.
The procedure takes place in two parts. During the first appointment, your implant is surgically placed into the bone under the missing tooth. A dental laboratory will create the customized crown to be anchored to the implant’s post. The crowns are designed specifically for your mouth, and color-matched to your natural teeth. The crowns are attached to the implant during the second phase of your procedure, once the implants are completely healed.
The best way to determine if dental implants are your best option is to consult with Dr. Elizabeth Dunkleberger, DDS in Highlands Ranch, CO. Call 303-470-8484 to schedule your consultation for dental implants today.