Smile gaps ruin your self-confidence and compromise your oral function, too. If you've lost teeth in an accident or through decay or gum disease, you may be able to receive today's best tooth replacement: a dental implant. Actual artificial teeth from root to crown, dental implants in Colorado Springs, Co are almost as good as the real thing. Learn the details from one of the experts, Dr. Nolan Behr.
The single-tooth implant
It has three parts:
- A titanium screw or cylinder which Dr. Behr surgically inserts into the empty tooth socket
- A metal alloy abutment which bonds to the implant and extends above the gums
- A porcelain crown, or cap, which covers the abutment and adds realistic tooth structure
Dr. Behr places the implant into the jawbone beneath the gumline. Then, osseointegration takes over. This natural process fuses the bone to the titanium over the course of many weeks. Once osseointegration is complete, the dentist re-opens the site and attaches the abutment post and crown to the implant. The Institute for Dental Implant Awareness says this new dental implant will last for many decades.
Other uses for dental implants in Colorado Springs
If you have larger smile gaps (two or more teeth) or even if you have lost an entire arch, dental implants can help. Your dentist can design fixed bridgework or a full denture and support them with two to four implants as needed.
Patients with multiple dental implants enjoy stable oral function (biting, chewing and speaking). Plus, because of osseointegration, the jaw bone gains strength and size, preserving youthful facial contours.
Do you qualify for dental implants?
During a personal implant dentistry consultation, Dr. Behr will inspect your smile gaps, surrounding teeth and gum tissue. He'll take digital X-rays and a three-dimensional scan to understand your jaw bone structure. If you lack adequate bone, Dr. Behr may recommend bone augmentation procedures to strengthen the jaw before implant surgery.
In addition, ideal dental implant candidates should:
- Have good overall health and a strong immune system
- Be non-smokers (although tobacco use does not totally disqualify a candidate but does increase the risk of implant failure)
- Have good oral hygiene habits
Oral hygiene and dental implants
While dental implants cannot decay, their longevity is impacted by plaque and tartar. Therefore, just as you brush your natural teeth twice a day and floss every day, you should clean around your implants carefully. Both at-home and in-office oral hygiene keeps implant sites healthy. Your dental hygienist will explain any helpful brushing and flossing techniques.
Say goodbye to gaps
You can with dental implants from Dr. Behr in Colorado Springs, CO. Please call his office staff to arrange your consultation: (719) 591-2050.