What is a Dental Implant?
An implant actually refers to a bio-compatible, small titanium post that acts as a replacement tooth root. It is implanted into the jaw bone via a simple surgical procedure that will require about 3-6 months to fully heal. The implant integrates with the jaw bone providing a solid foundation for an artificial tooth. The dental implant is restored with a dental crown for a single tooth and a dental bridge or denture for multiple teeth. The type of implant you will need depends on the number and location of your missing teeth. Our Greeley, CO dentist office can use dental implants to replace missing teeth due to disease or lack of oral hygiene as well as missing teeth due to injury or trauma.
Do I qualify for dental implants?
Candidates for dental implants include people who have damaged or missing teeth. People of any age can receive them except for children since their jawbone have not completely developed. Healthy bone structure is the most important qualification. The bone structure needs to be healthy in order for the implant to completely fuse with the bone to support the dental restoration. If you have suffered from bone loss, our dentists may recommend bone grafting to ensure the success of your dental implant. Patients also need to have healthy gums. If you suffer from periodontal disease, you must first be treated for that before receiving dental implants.
What are the chances of implant failure?
Dental implants are now considered the gold standard in tooth replacement. The national success rate for implants is over 95%. Factors like smoking greatly increase your chance of implant failure. If you choose dental implants as your missing tooth replacement, you need to be committed to a lifetime of good oral hygiene habits.
Why is a dental implant considered the more superior option to replace teeth?
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option to preserve the jaw bone, preserve the health of the surrounding teeth and give you back full chewing function. Even though dental implants cost more in the beginning, other dental restorations will eventually need repaired, replaced or adjusted. That cost will add up over the years. Dental implants are permanent and require the same care as your normal teeth. Dawson Academy dentists Dr. Kami Marr and Dr. Kevin Marr offer complete dental implants treatments from the comfort of their Greeley, CO dentist office.
Do dental implants require special care?
Once healed, implants require no more maintenance or care than your natural teeth. Just like your permanent teeth, dental implants depend on healthy gums and surrounding tooth structures for support. It is essential that you continue your oral hygiene home care routine which should include brushing and flossing daily and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for dental cleanings. This will ensure the long term success of your implants and oral health.
What is the dental implant process like?
You will first meet with one of our dentists for a consultation and exam. Then a very detailed and precise treatment plan is created. If any pre-treatment work is required, that will be next. This could include a tooth extraction or a bone graft. If you need a graft, the entire process will take about 3-6 months longer due to healing time. If not, then you will move on to the surgical phase where the implants are surgically placed. This will require 3-6 months of healing time. During this time, you will either have a healing cap on the implant or we may place temporary teeth for your comfort. Last is the attachment of the abutment and the dental restoration. The process can take anywhere from 6-9 months.
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