If you're considering replacing a tooth that you've lost, you have several options. The most durable, attractive and long-lasting option is a dental implant. These restorations come highly recommended by your Colorado Springs, CO dentist, Dr. Nolan Behr, who has received extensive training in the science and art of designing and placing them. If you're curious about dental implants, this is the blog post for you.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a tooth restoration made up of three parts: the post, the abutment and the crown. The post and abutment are both tiny segments of metal; the post looks like a miniature screw and the abutment is an even smaller, cylindrical piece. They are both made from titanium, which is lightweight, impervious to corrosion and hypoallergenic. The crown, made from porcelain, is the visible portion of the implant. It looks exactly like a natural tooth and is crafted to match the color and shape of your teeth.
How are dental implants placed?
Your Colorado Springs dentist starts the process of placing your dental implants with a minor surgical procedure that will situate the post in the jawbone. Although the idea of a dental surgery can be a bit daunting, patients who have had this procedure often compare it to a simple cavity filling. The initial healing process is fairly simple as well, due to the fact that the site will be stitched closed.
After a few months, you will return to Dr. Behr's Colorado Springs office and the post's placement will be checked on an x-ray. If the post has integrated with the jawbone, you'll be ready for the next step in the dental implant process: the abutment. A tiny incision will be made directly over the post and the abutment will be attached to it. The crown, which attaches to the top of the abutment, finishes off the dental implant. The result is a natural-looking and durable tooth replacement.
We look forward to working with you to achieve your best smile. Contact the dental office of Dr. Nolan Behr in Colorado Springs, CO to set up your consultation appointment today!