When to Consider Dental Implants?
By Nolan R Behr DDS
July 08, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Find out what makes someone a good candidate for dental implant treatment.

Are you looking for treatment options for your tooth loss? If so, your Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Nolan Behr has a variety of treatments Dental Implantsthat could give you the smile you want. If you are looking for a replacement option that is as close to a natural tooth as possible, then find out if your smile is right for dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a long-term solution for replacing permanent missing teeth. The implant itself is a metal post that is surgically placed into the jawbone and acts like a tooth root. Once the implant is placed into the jaw, it is given several weeks to heal. During the healing process, a natural phenomenon known as osseointegration will take place. This is when the tissue and bone surrounding the implant begin to fuse with it. Osseointegration is the key component to what makes implants successful.

Once osseointegration has taken place, your Colorado Springs dentist will open up the gums to place an abutment. The abutment helps to connect the artificial tooth to the implant. After allowing a couple more weeks for your mouth to heal, we will place your custom-made dental crown over the abutment to fully replace your missing tooth.

When should I get dental implants in Colorado Springs?

If you are an adult dealing with tooth loss, then you could be a great candidate for dental implants. While dental implants can be used to replace one tooth, keep in mind that dental implants can also replace several or even all of your teeth. We can easily place several implants into the jawbone to securely hold a dental bridge or dentures in place. Implants prevent these dental appliances from moving or slipping around, which makes this treatment option ideal.

There are also criteria that all patients must meet to be good candidates for treatment:

  • You must be an adult (children and teens cannot opt for dental implants)
  • You must have good oral health that is free of gum disease or decay
  • You should be in good general health and not have any untreated or uncontrolled disorder like heart disease or diabetes
  • You must have a healthy, strong jawbone
  • You should not be a smoker
  • You should not be pregnant or planning to become pregnant during treatment
  • You shouldn’t have a compromised immune system or be currently undergoing chemotherapy

If you want to truly find out if you’re the perfect candidate for dental implants then call your Colorado Springs dentist today and schedule a consultation. Let us help you regain that perfect smile.