Losing one or more teeth can be stressful and embarrassing, but it's not a common problem for millions of American adults. Tooth loss does more than just ruin your smile, it can also affect everything from your speech to your nutrition, and increase the risk of additional oral health and general health problems. If you're missing one, several, or even all of your natural teeth, there are several options available to help you get your smile and oral health back on track. Dr. Nolan Behr, your dentist in Colorado Springs, CO, offers dental implants and other tooth replacement and general dentistry services for children and adults.
Dental Implants and Tooth Replacement from our Colorado Springs Office
Periodontal (gum) disease is the main cause of tooth loss for American adults according to the National Institutes of Health. Whether you've lost one or more teeth to decay, gum disease, a sports injury, or trauma from a fall or accident, the effects of missing teeth have likely taken a significant toll on your social, professional, and overall quality of life.
The good news is that there are many options available for replacing missing teeth, including:
- Crowns and bridgework
- Dental implants
At your first appointment, Dr. Behr will perform a comprehensive dental exam, and make recommendations according to your personal needs and health profile.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Implants are designed to function like a natural tooth. A small, screw-shaped titanium implant is surgically placed in the socket of the missing tooth, where it gradually fuses with the surrounding bone tissue and helps to prevent further bone loss, a major side effect of tooth loss. After a short healing period, the cosmetic crown is attached to the implant, and your smile is as good as new!
Implants can either replace a single tooth or anchor an entire set of dentures in place. If you meet a few qualifying criteria, dental implants are a great way to fix a broken smile and lower your risk of gum disease after tooth loss!
Call our Colorado Springs Office Today
For more information about dental implants and the tooth replacement options available to you, contact our office today by dialing (719) 591-2050.