Dental implants are permanent prosthetics that replace one or more missing teeth. Made from titanium, implant posts fuse with the bone in your jaw to create a stable foundation for replacement teeth. Implants also have the added benefit of preventing further bone loss in the jaw.
If you’ve lost a tooth due to a sports injury, accident, oral health condition, or any other reason, our dentists at Grant Family Dentistry may recommend dental implants to restore your smile and give you back full oral function. Many patients who have received implants say they wish they’d gotten them sooner!
THE PROCEDURE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS
During the first phase of the procedure, your dentist will insert the artificial root replacement. These are made from titanium because this metal is compatible with your body’s tissues and bones. Once the implant is placed into the jawbone, it takes about four months for the bone to grow around the implant’s surface. This process is known as osseointegration. During this time, a temporary tooth replacement may be placed over the implant.
For the second phase, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and use them to create a lifelike model of your teeth. This model is used to create a replacement tooth that will match your other teeth so that it blends in with your smile. A custom abutment is also designed to attach your new tooth to the implant.
Once the abutment is in place, during the third and final phase of the implant procedure, your new tooth is permanently attached. Your new tooth will look natural and blend in with the rest of your smile!
The Benefits of Dental Implants
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Patients who choose implants can enjoy a complete smile for life! If you’d like to know more about the benefits of dental implants, visit Grant Family Dentistry at 335 6th St, Meeker, CO 81641, or call (970) 450-5829.