Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to imitate your surrounding teeth. Dental implants are a safe and effective alternative to traditional crown and bridgework. This is because they are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. Dental implants are a great option for individuals who are just missing one tooth in one location or multiple single teeth throughout their mouth. Dr. Henes and his team will work with you to help find the best option to restore not only your functionality but also your aesthetics.
Implants are small, titanium screws that are placed into your bone just like the roots of a normal tooth. After a period of healing, your bone will integrate to the titanium screw and act as an anchor for a crown. The prosthetic crowns placed on implants look and feel like natural teeth while increasing functionality, comfort, and confidence.
Implant Dentistry is categorized as a form of prosthetic, or artificial replacement dentistry, but is also considered a form of cosmetic dentistry. Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed into your jawbone, beneath your gum. Once in place, the area is healed for 3-6 months. Once the implant is completely stable and integrated into the bone then we are ready for replacement, or prosthetic teeth to be mounted on them.
Dental implants act as replacements for roots, giving a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth or bridges, and are designed to match your teeth. Dentures or bridges mounted to your implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth, enabling you to eat and speak normally.
The process of fusion between your dental implant and jawbone is called osseointegration. Titanium is a material that allows the implants to integrate with the bone without the body identifying it as a foreign material, resulting in excellent outcomes. Today, the success rate for dental implants is about 98%.
Implant surgery is a team effort between the surgery and the overall restorative product we want to deliver. Because the final objective is to replace an area that had a missing tooth, we want to be able to put that crown or bridge in the right spot. Because of this we might have to add bone prior or during implant placement to have the best outcome.
Iliff Family Dental dentist Dr. Christopher Henes places the implant where your natural tooth root would be, serving as a sturdy foundation for a beautiful dental crown.
If you are missing multiple teeth or need extensive restorative dentistry work, we may recommend multiple dental implants and rebuild your smile with several dental crowns.
We also offer dental implant supported dentures. Your dental implants simply serve as an anchor to your dentures. Tooth implant supported dentures offer major benefits, including less worry about the maintenance and inconvenience of traditional dentures. Our patients love being able to eat.
Having a dental implant fused to the jawbone is the closest thing to a natural tooth. By restoring your missing tooth roots, dental implants provide stability to eat all the foods you love, without struggling to chew. Additionally, they help to stimulate and maintain jaw bone, preventing bone loss and supporting your facial features.
Implants are utilized to restore a missing tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth. The goal of tooth replacement in dentistry is to restore function as well as aesthetics. You will enjoy improved appearance, speech, comfort, and oral health. Dental implants eliminate the need to deal with removable dentures as well as the adhesives you need to keep them in place. Implants are durable and with proper care, may last a lifetime!
During the consultation and planning stage, Dr. Christopher Henes will visually examine the site in your mouth where you are considering an implant, as well as look at dental images. The quantity and quality of jawbone is assessed to determine if you will need more bone at the site.
The surgical procedure involves administering a local anesthetic to numb the area. The first stage of oral surgery includes extracting any existing damaged teeth. At times, an alveolar bone graft is required to achieve a stable bone base for your implant. This site will be left to heal for two to six months.
If a site has no teeth and bone loss is present, you may require an onlay bone graft, which involves placing bone material on top of the existing jawbone. This procedure usually entails about six months of healing.
Once adequate bone is present the site is ready for the implant surgery. The dental implant which is a small post made of titanium is placed into the bone. A healing cap covers the implant and the healing phase begins.
During the healing phase, a temporary denture can be made to replace missing teeth. Healing time is usually from three to six months. During this time, the implant becomes integrated with the bone in a process called osseointegration.
After the healing period, we will connect a prosthetic replacement (crown) to the dental implant via a screw which is called an abutment. After making an impression of your mouth, we will custom make the implant crown to fit. We will either cement on or secure the implant crown with a screw to the abutment.
We will make sure to match the color of the new teeth to your natural teeth. The resulting replacement teeth look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Most people who have received dental implants say that there is little discomfort involved in the procedure.
Implants need the same care as your real teeth, including brushing, flossing, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, and regular dental check-ups and cleanings.
It may sound painful to have a dental implant done, but for most patients, the process is easier than removing a tooth. The procedure is typically done with a local anesthetic with the patient awake and comfortable throughout the entirety of the process.
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, call 303-695-0102 or book an appointment with our 5-star-rated dentist. We are conveniently located on Iliff near I-225. During your session, our experienced dentist and team will take the time to answer all your questions about our treatments, our office, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us! Come to experience Iliff Family Dental and our unmatched patient experience! You will quickly see why people in Aurora, CO love us