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By Nolan R Behr DDS
October 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Do you need to fill a gap in your smile? Dental implants may offer the ideal restoration option. Your Colorado Springs, CO, dentist, Dr. Nolan Behr, provides the dental services and treatments you need for a healthy smile.

Are You Unhappy with Your Appearance?

Dental implants fill the gaps in your smile and improve your appearance. The implants themselves serve as synthetic roots, while dental crowns attached to the top of the implants replace the visible portions of your lost teeth. The crowns look just like your natural teeth and are created from an impression of your mouth made in your Colorado Springs dentist's office.

Do You Have Trouble Chewing?

Losing a tooth, particularly a pre-molar or molar, can make it difficult to tear, bite, or grind food. However, dental implants can restore your normal chewing ability once again! Once dental implants are placed in your jawbone during minor oral surgery, they begin to bond to your jawbone. This bond provides a stable foundation for your crowns and prevents the loss of biting power that may occur with other restorations.

Would You Prefer a Long-Lasting Restoration Option?

Bridges and dentures must be replaced periodically—but not dental implants! With proper care, your implant will remain strong and healthy for your entire life. If you compare the lifetime costs of each method, you'll probably discover that dental implants are the most economical choice. (Although your implant won't need to be replaced, you will need to replace your crown every 10 to 15 years.)

How Many Teeth Are You Missing?

Dental implants are an excellent choice if you've lost one tooth, but they can also be used to replace multiple teeth. Implant-supported bridges and dentures offer increased comfort and improve your ability to chew easily.

Are You Concerned About Facial Sagging?

Facial sagging is often unavoidable if you've lost multiple teeth. This problem occurs when the jawbone shrinks and can no longer adequately support your facial muscles. Dental implants stimulate your jawbone the same way your natural tooth roots do, preventing shrinking and facial sagging in the process.

Are You in Good Health?

Good oral and general health is a key factor in the success of dental implants. For example, if you're replacing teeth lost due to gum disease, the disease must be successfully treated before you can receive implants. Additionally, implants aren't the best choice if you have a disease that compromises your immune system or slows healing. Similarly, they may not be a good choice for smokers, as smoking also slows healing.

Intrigued? Call Us Today!

Would you like to find out if you're a good candidate for dental implants? Call your Colorado Springs, CO, dentist Dr. Nolan Behr, at (719) 591-2050 to schedule an appointment today!

By Nolan R Behr DDS
May 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

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 Dental Implantsimplants 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:

  1. A titanium screw or cylinder which Dr. Behr surgically inserts into the empty tooth socket
  2. A metal alloy abutment which bonds to the implant and extends above the gums
  3. 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.

By Nolan R Behr DDS
October 21, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

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 implantsdental 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!

By Nolan R Behr DDS
November 05, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures   dental implants  
ChangesinBoneStructurecanAffectDentureFit

It’s a common problem for denture wearers: after years of a comfortable fit, your dentures now seem to be uncomfortably loose. The reason, though, may have more to do with bone loss than the dentures.

Bone is a living tissue with a life cycle — it forms, it ages, and it eventually dies and dissolves (resorbs). It’s replaced with new bone and the cycle repeats. Additionally, the forces generated when we bite or chew are transmitted from the teeth to the jaw, which helps stimulate new bone growth. When the natural teeth are missing, however, the bone no longer receives this stimulus. Resorbed bone isn’t replaced at a healthy rate, which leads over time to bone loss.

Denture construction can also contribute to bone loss. The denture palate rests for support on the bony ridges that once held the teeth. Over time the compressive forces of the dentures apply damages and reduces the volume of gum tissue and eventually does the same to the bone. Combining all these factors, the reduced gum and bone volume will eventually alter the denture fit.

There are a few alternatives for correcting loose dentures. One is to reline them with new plastic, as either a temporary fix performed during an office visit or a more permanent relining that requires sending your dentures to a dental lab. Depending on the rate of bone loss, a patient could go through several denture relinings to accommodate ongoing changes in the jaw. At some point, though, it may be necessary to create a new set of dentures.

A third alternative that’s becoming increasingly useful is to incorporate dental implants into the denture design. Implants can of course be used to replace individual teeth, but a few strategically placed implants (usually of smaller dimension) can serve as a support platform for a removable denture. This relieves some of the compression force of a traditionally worn denture and can slow bone loss.

If you’re having problems with your denture fit, call us for an appointment. We’ll help you decide on the best alternative to improving the fit and making your dentures more comfortable and secure.

If you would like more information on refitting loose dentures, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Loose Dentures.”

By Nolan R Behr DDS
July 30, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
NewFrontTeethforaTeenagedDavidDuchovny

In real life he was a hard-charging basketball player through high school and college. In TV and the movies, he has gone head-to-head with serial killers, assorted bad guys… even mysterious paranormal forces. So would you believe that David Duchovny, who played Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files and starred in countless other large and small-screen productions, lost his front teeth… in an elevator accident?

“I was running for the elevator at my high school when the door shut on my arm,” he explained. “The next thing I knew, I was waking up in the hospital. I had fainted, fallen on my face, and knocked out my two front teeth.” Looking at Duchovny now, you’d never know his front teeth weren’t natural. But that’s not “movie magic” — it’s the art and science of modern dentistry.

How do dentists go about replacing lost teeth with natural-looking prosthetics? Today, there are two widely used tooth replacement procedures: dental implants and bridgework. When a natural tooth can’t be saved — due to advanced decay, periodontal disease, or an accident like Duchovny’s — these methods offer good looking, fully functional replacements. So what’s the difference between the two? Essentially, it’s a matter of how the replacement teeth are supported.

With state-of-the-art dental implants, support for the replacement tooth (or teeth) comes from small titanium inserts, which are implanted directly into the bone of the jaw. In time these become fused with the bone itself, providing a solid anchorage. What’s more, they actually help prevent the bone loss that naturally occurs after tooth loss. The crowns — lifelike replacements for the visible part of the tooth — are securely attached to the implants via special connectors called abutments.

In traditional bridgework, the existing natural teeth on either side of a gap are used to support the replacement crowns that “bridge” the gap. Here’s how it works: A one-piece unit is custom-fabricated, consisting of prosthetic crowns to replace missing teeth, plus caps to cover the adjacent (abutment) teeth on each side. Those abutment teeth must be shaped so the caps can fit over them; this is done by carefully removing some of the outer tooth material. Then the whole bridge unit is securely cemented in place.

While both systems have been used successfully for decades, bridgework is now being gradually supplanted by implants. That’s because dental implants don’t have any negative impact on nearby healthy teeth, while bridgework requires that abutment teeth be shaped for crowns, and puts additional stresses on them. Dental implants also generally last far longer than bridges — the rest of your life, if given proper care. However, they are initially more expensive (though they may prove more economical in the long run), and not everyone is a candidate for the minor surgery they require.

Which method is best for you? Don’t try using paranormal powers to find out: Come in and talk to us. If you would like more information about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework,” and “Dental Implants.”