Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that provide a strong foundation for restorations like dental crowns. The implant combined with the crown or prosthetic teeth it supports replaces the entire structure of a missing tooth and enables a patient to eat and speak normally.
At Cortez Dental, we implant a titanium screw into the jawbone to replace the missing tooth's roots. The bone fuses with the implant through osseointegration, making it securely and permanently attached within the mouth.
Many patients prefer implants because they look and feel natural. Aesthetically, they are indistinguishable from natural teeth and function just as naturally. With proper care, dental implants can protect the health and structure of your entire smile.
The Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants are surgically placed artificial tooth roots that replace missing or damaged teeth. Each implant restoration consists of a titanium post and a porcelain crown placed on top of the post to mimic a natural tooth.
Patients who get dental implants can enjoy several benefits over other restorations. First, they are a permanent solution since they fuse to your jawbone, so you won’t need to replace them like you would with dentures or partials. Also, they will help you speak more naturally and help you chew your food more efficiently. And since they mimic the natural appearance of your teeth, they will restore your confidence so you can flash your smile whenever you want.
On the other hand, if you have lost a tooth, it can have several effects on your life. It can affect your eating and speaking ability and make you self-conscious about your appearance. Luckily, dental implants can help fix all of these issues.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
Our dentist will first examine your gums and jawbone to ensure they are healthy enough to support a dental implant. If the bone in your jaw is not thick enough or you have a gum disease such as gingivitis, you may need to undergo treatment before getting implants.
Once this is done, the dentist will create small incisions and drill small holes into the jaw to place dental implant posts in your jaw and gums. Once your posts are securely in place, your gum tissue will be sutured over them to protect them until the implant is fused with your jawbone. This process can take several months, so our dentist will provide a temporary replacement. Once the fusion is complete, you will receive your final restoration to enjoy a complete smile again.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Dental implants are a safe, effective tooth replacement option that closely mimics the feel and function of natural teeth. They are designed with care and precision to restore a patient’s smile and promote oral health and overall wellness. They are the only restorative treatment that preserves bone, helping stimulate natural bone growth and prevent jawbone deterioration. This is because implants are fused directly with the jawbone, creating an artificial root structure that securely holds the tooth in place. This eliminates any slipping or shifting commonly occurring with dentures and bridges. If properly maintained with good oral hygiene and regular checkups at the dental office, dental implants can last a lifetime!
Several types of dental implants are available, each designed to address specific dental needs. To learn more about implants, visit Cortez Dental at 43 W. Montezuma Ave., Cortez, CO 81321, or call (970) 565-9569.