Do you have some questions from your Colorado Springs, CO, dentist about dental implants?
Here are some FAQs
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are biocompatible titanium posts that replace missing tooth roots. The dentist drills into the jawbone, inserts the post and seals the area so osseointegration takes place for 3 to 6 months. You'll be give a temporary crown until you come back to the dentist's office and may need to make a few visits within these few months to make sure everything is going according to plan.
Then your dentist will re-open the surgical area, insert a screw and an abutment. Then, to top it off, a permanent custom-made crown is placed on top.
How many teeth can be simultaneously replaced with dental implants?
You can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all your teeth with implants, and it's not restricted to top or bottom teeth either.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
Your Colorado Springs dentist administers anesthetic. Your dentist will provide post-operative medication to relieve discomfort, however, like over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or OTC pain-relievers. Icing, on the other hand, could also be very helpful.
How do you care for dental implants?
They don't differ than your regular dental regimen. You need to brush and floss daily, visit your dentist for regular dental checkups and professional cleanings, get a fluoride treatment and use fluoride-containing products. This will decrease decay, inflammation and gum disease.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Heavy drinkers and chain smokers may not be the best candidates but you should ask your dentist before writing yourself off. It really comes down to bone density and only your dentist can assess that issue by completing a full oral examination, which includes x-rays.
For more information on dental implants in the Colorado Springs, CO, call Dr. Nolan Behr at (719) 591-2050 today!