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Dental Implants 101: What to Expect When Treating Tooth Loss

March 31, 2021

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Model showing the basics of dental implants.Are you tired of bulky, slipping dentures? Maybe you’re ready to replace that missing front tooth? Whether you’ve lost a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch, dental implants are the most successful solution to rebuild your smile. They are unlike any other treatment because they recreate the entire structure of the tooth, allowing them to offer unmatched benefits. Despite their advantages, it’s a big commitment. Here are the basics of dental implants to feel confident you’re making the best decision for your smile.

What is a Dental Implant?

A traditional prosthesis only replaces the portion of the tooth above the gum line, but a dental implant goes a step further to also restore the root. A titanium post is surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as a new root. A special fixture called an abutment is attached to the post to connect your restoration. When several teeth are missing, each tooth is not replaced individually. Instead, a specific number of dental implants are used to support a bridge or denture. Your dentist will explain how many you’ll need during your initial consultation.

What is the Process for Dental Implants?

If you’re ready to benefit from dental implants, your first step is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. They’ll perform a thorough examination and review a CT scan of your jaw to ensure you’re a candidate. They may recommend additional procedures before your placement surgery, like periodontal therapy, tooth extractions, or bone grafting.

Once you’ve healed from any previous treatments, you’ll be ready to have your placement surgery. Titanium implant posts are strategically inserted into your jawbone to mimic the roots. Over the next several weeks, your bone will fuse to the posts through a process called osseointegration.

After your bone has healed, you’ll need a second minor procedure to attach abutments to the posts. It takes about 2 weeks for your gum tissue to heal. During this time, the dental lab will be crafting your restoration to meet your specifications. When it’s complete, you’ll return to your dentist to have it attached to your abutments.

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Restoring the entire tooth provides amazing benefits that can’t be achieved using any other method, including:

  • Over a 95% success rate.
  • Looks and feels natural.
  • Preserves your jawbone’s density.
  • Improves your oral health.
  • Easy maintenance and care.
  • Long-term cost-effective solution.
  • Don’t rely on other teeth for support.
  • Eliminates any slipping or irritation.

Invest in a Complete Smile

If you’re interested in dental implants, your dentist will give you a crash course on dental implants 101, so you know exactly what to expect on your journey ahead. You’ll enjoy the next best thing to your real teeth to invest in your smile and quality of life.

About Dr. Shiloh Lindsey

Dr. Lindsey earned her dental degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry. As a lifelong learner, she regularly continues her training to provide advanced services, like dental implants. Voted one of “America’s Best Dentists,” you can feel confident your smile is in good hands. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.

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