Dental implants may sound intimidating, but they are simply artificial tooth roots! A dental implant consists of two parts: the implant and the crown. The implant is a small titanium screw that is inserted into the jaw bone which seamlessly secures the crown, or artificial tooth, into place. Leaving a missing tooth untreated can result in permanent bone loss and damage to your smile.
What is Bone Resorption?
Bone resorption occurs when a section of bone is not in use, causing deterioration. If you are missing a tooth or have had one removed, it is important to get a replacement tooth as soon as possible to prevent jawbone deterioration. Whether you’ve had an extraction or an accident that resulted in losing a tooth, a missing tooth will always lead to bone loss unless treated with a dental implant.
Other restorative options like bridges and dentures do not prevent bone loss in the jaw bone because there is no direct stimulation on the area of the missing tooth. This can not only affect your bite and smile, but can also lead to a permanent change in your facial structure. As you chew, your teeth apply pressure to the jaw bone, stimulating it and preventing atrophy.
Benefits of Dental Implants
While bridges and dentures only temporarily address the cosmetic issue of a missing tooth, dental implants permanently fix cosmetic issues and strengthen your smile. The titanium implant naturally fuses with the bone through a process called osseointegration, preventing bone loss and creating a strong base for the crown. This sturdy attachment allows you to chew and speak normally, as there is no change in your bite or smile.
Dentures and bridges are often covered by insurance, making them seem more affordable upfront. However, these restorations require adjustment and replacing every few years, which ends up costing you more over time. Dental implants can last a lifetime without any special maintenance. Unlike bridges and dentures, you’ll be able to brush and floss normally. Simply come in for your regular cleanings and exams!
What to Expect: Process and Aftercare
At Poulos & Somers, our implantology and periodontic experts are specially trained in the placement and restoration of dental implants. This means that we are able to create beautiful, functional implants that look and feel natural. Our team will walk you through every step of the implant process so you feel comfortable and confident. After your implant is placed, any discomfort or pain can usually be soothed with over-the-counter pain medications. While some swelling is normal, most post-implantation patients are able to return to work the next day. (Don’t worry- if you want to milk it for all it’s worth, we won’t tell your boss.)
Virtual Implant Planning
We offer Virtual Implant Planning to make the implant process even more accurate and comfortable. Our SimPlant® software gives us three-dimensional information on the anatomy of your mouth, allowing us to construct a detailed and precise plan for your dental implants. We can even show you how your new smile will look before your treatment begins!
To get started on your stronger, healthier, more beautiful smile, schedule a consultation with us today! Call us at (303) 832-4867, or stop by our office at 700 Broadway, Suite 1135, Denver, CO 80203