If you’re missing a tooth or need to have a damaged tooth extracted, finding a replacement is important. Missing teeth can cause issues with appearance, function, and overall oral health. And dental implants are the gold standard among tooth replacement options. The implant dentists at Prestige Dental Centers in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado, install several types of dental implants to restore your confident smile and improve your ability to chew and speak. Call the nearest location or book your visit online to learn more about dental implants.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root. Implants fuse with your jaw and support dental prostheses such as crowns, bridges, and dentures to replace missing teeth.
Dental implants restore full function to your mouth and stabilize your jawbone, allowing you to eat and speak normally and smile with confidence.
Dental implants improve your smile for the long term and can last a lifetime with proper care. They also boost your overall oral health, providing benefits beyond appearances. These include:
Dental implants provide a long-lasting option for replacing missing or damaged teeth. If you find it difficult to bite, chew, or talk, dental implants act as prosthetic anchors, bonding with your jaw so that you feel as if you have a natural tooth.
When you’re missing a tooth, your surrounding teeth tend to shift to fill the gap, causing abnormal tooth alignment. A dental implant prevents your teeth from moving.
When you lose a tooth, the jawbone in that area begins to break down because it’s not receiving enough stimulation to keep the bone healthy. Dental implants fuse with your jawbone to provide that stimulation.
The specifics of your procedure depend on the kind of implant you’re getting and the condition of your jawbone. Traditional dental implants typically require more than one visit.
At your appointment, your Prestige Dental Centers dentist examines the areas to be treated, reviews your medical history, and may order X-rays. Taking into account the health of your surrounding teeth and jawbone, they create a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
If your jaw lacks the density to properly support dental implants, you may need a bone graft.
Your dentist starts the implant process by surgically placing one or more metal posts in your jaw, which then need time to heal. This process could take a couple of weeks to a few months.
Once your jaw has healed, your dentist attaches a crown, bridge, or dentures to the implant.
Prestige Dental Centers also offers All-on-4, or “Teeth-in-a-Day,” dental implants, a good option for people looking for an alternative to poorly fitting dentures. With All-on-4 treatment, your dentist uses four dental implants to attach your new set of permanent teeth in as little as a day.
These dental implants are specially designed for immediate function and are most suitable for patients who don’t require bone grafting. If you have dentures or need full upper and lower restorations, the All-on-4 treatment may be right for you.
To improve the health and appearance of your smile with dental implants, call the Prestige Dental Centers office nearest you or use the online booking tool today.