February 21, 2016
Although replacing a missing tooth is not optional—because not doing so can lead to serious oral and general health complications, to say nothing of the effect on your smile—there are several tooth replacement options to choose from. Two of the finest are dental implants and crown and bridge therapy. At Aspen Dental Care, Fort Collins family dentist Dr. Shiloh Lindsey and her team are skilled and experienced at rebuilding smiles with both of these procedures.
For Dental Implants, Fort Collins Turns to Aspen Dental Care
Of all the tooth replacement options for you and Dr. Lindsey to choose from, the most lifelike is unquestionably a dental implant. With a post in your jawbone that acts like a live tooth root below the gum line and a natural-looking tooth restoration to replicate the visible portion of your tooth, a dental implant offers perfect form and function.
To begin your journey back to a full smile, Dr. Lindsey will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon who will insert the implant at a strategic location in the bone tissue beneath your missing tooth. The implant will be positioned to take full advantage of bone density in order to ensure the security and stability of the implant. Depending on which tooth is being replaced, you’ll need anywhere from a few weeks to several months to heal. During this time, the implanted post and surrounding bone tissue will fuse together, creating a symbiotic relationship similar to that between a natural root and your jaw.
Once Dr. Lindsey is certain you’ve healed and the implant is set, you’ll return to Aspen Dental Care where the tooth restoration will be affixed to the implant. For one missing tooth, Dr. Lindsey creates a porcelain crown that fits comfortably and looks just like your other teeth. If dental implants were embedded to replace several missing teeth, then she will design a lifelike partial or full denture that will attach to the implants. With these dentures, you won’t have to worry about slipping or clicking.
Your Fort Collins Family Dentist and Crown and Bridge Therapy
Another viable tooth replacement option is a crown and bridge. With this, dental crowns are placed over the teeth on either side of one, two or three missing teeth. In turn, these crowns support the bridge of false teeth, also known as pontics, which span the gap in your smile. A crown and bridge is manufactured as one dental piece that Dr. Lindsey bonds into place.
Call Our Office Today
If you are missing any teeth and would like to learn about your tooth replacement options, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lindsey at Aspen Dental Care. We proudly serve patients who live in Ft. Collins, CO, Wellington, Bellevue, Loveland, Windsor, and the neighboring communities.
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