An implant is a tooth restoration that functions like a natural tooth. It can be used to replace one missing tooth or several lost teeth.
An implant is a small titanium screw. It is inserted into the jawbone where it provides a strong anchor for an individual prosthetic tooth or other prosthetic restoration. Implants are a good tooth replacement option because they function more like natural teeth than other forms of restoration.
Benefits of Dental Implants
You only get one set of permanent teeth, so it's important to care for them properly. Otherwise, you could face issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Implants help to preserve the bone that previously surrounded the missing tooth. This maintains the overall shape and contour of the jaw and face. Implant restorations are more comfortable, more natural-looking, and better able to restore normal oral function.
Dental implants offer long-term benefits, including:
- A permanent solution to tooth loss
- Improved confidence
- More comfort while eating
- Easier speech
- Preserve the bone that previously surrounded the missing tooth
- It helps maintain the overall shape and contour of the jaw and face
Our dentist would recommend dental implants as a permanent restoration to restore your smile. Dental implants are placed within the jawbone and act as a tooth root to support a dental crown.
Dental implant restorations are strong, durable, and look and function just like natural teeth. Although dental implants may require some preparatory procedures, they are a permanent restoration option for patients who are missing one or more teeth.
Implant restoration timeline
Implant restoration can take as little as two to as much as several appointments to complete.
The first appointment is when you get your dental implants. You don't have to be referred to a specialist for implant placement, so your dentist can do it all from start to finish. First, your dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the area. Then, they will create a small incision in your gums. They will place the dental implant into the jawbone. Once it is in place, the dentist will suture your gums closed.
Most people who are getting dental implants require several implants. After your implants are placed, you will have to wait for a few months for your jawbone to fuse to the implants. This process, called osseointegration, ensures the implants are secure.
Once your jawbone is fused to the implants, your dentist will prepare your mouth for your final restoration. This process includes removing any damaged teeth and reshaping your jawbone. It often takes several appointments to complete your implant restoration.
What Happens After A Dental Implant?
Once your dental implant has healed, your Colorado Springs dentist will design a restoration for you. This restoration will imitate your natural teeth.
At Champion Smiles Family Dentistry, Dr. Catherine Guerra, DDS, offers different types of dental implant restorations. The crown, bridge, or denture are all custom-fitted to your mouth.
Do You Need an Implant?
If you've already lost a tooth but don't want to deal with the hassle of dentures, an implant restoration could be right for you. Implant restorations, such as crowns, bridges, and dentures, are artificial teeth that attach to the implant to restore function and appearance.
To learn more about our dental services or to schedule your appointment with us, call ourDentist in Colorado Springs COat (719) 374-5496 or visit our dental office located at 1359 Interquest Pkwy Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80921.