Enhance Your Smile Permanently with Dental Implants
Missing a tooth or two (or several) can be more than just a cosmetic inconvenience. There are practical negative consequences to missing teeth, which have everything to do with your dental health and the way you live. For starters, you have to stop or reduce eating hard food and change the way you chew. The way you talk and sound will be affected as your gums progressively recede. Without a tooth root to secure, your jaw bone will start to shrink and weaken, causing your cheeks and lips to eventually sag.
Dentures are the usual solution, though it’s far from ideal since they lack the bite power of real teeth and do nothing to stop gum recession and bone loss in the jaw. As a result, denture wearers find that the list of food they can eat gets softer as time goes on—the dentures remain the same while their jaw bone continues to change for the worse. Fortunately, the latest advances in cosmetic dentistry means that you don’t have to settle for mediocre results. Dental implants are considered the optimal solution for replacing missing teeth: they are permanent with proper care and hygiene, and they rival natural teeth in strength and looks.
As Good as the Real Thing? Considering the Benefits of Dental Implants
Though the idea of dental implants may sound intimidating, it can actually be a short procedure (some patients require only one or a few days of recovery) depending on the individual condition. A dental implant is made with a titanium post, which is integrated into your jawbone on one end. At the other end is the abutment, which secures the prosthetic tooth to your mouth. The result is a natural looking smile that’s as strong and secure (sometimes even more so) as the real thing. The advantages of dental implants include:
- Preserving or restoring your facial structure
- The cessation of additional bone loss and gum recession
- The creation of a secure base for a single or full bridge
- More secure dentures without the hassle of glues
- Keeping remaining teeth in place
- Restoring chewing and speaking ability back to normal
- Permanence under normal circumstances
What to Expect from a Dental Implant Procedure
The severity of your individual condition generally determines the length of your treatment. Some situations are mild enough for same-day dental implants—which means that by the end of the day, you can eat, drink and speak like you did before losing your tooth. More severe cases, however, may require 3 to 6 months of healing time before the final crown can be placed.
Here at Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of the Rockies, we carefully assess your condition before treatment is implemented. Your dental implant and prosthetic tooth are created with the help of advanced computer imaging, so it will fit naturally with the rest of your teeth. The procedure should be painless once anesthesia is administered, which is concluded with a temporary or final prosthetic.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Making a big decision regarding your dental health can be a confusing process. Despite the obvious benefits of dental implants, you may be concerned about insurance or financing. Perhaps you’re thinking that it may be unnecessary for your condition. Maybe you’re worried that you’re a bad candidate for dental implants due to other health issues such as advanced periodontal disease or diabetes. Whatever your concerns may be, we’re here to help—just call our Fort Collins office today at (970) 223-6101, and our patient liaison will be happy to answer your questions or place an appointment at your request. You can also send a contact request or place an appointment online at your convenience.