Sometimes the unexpected in life happens… we lose a permanent tooth. There are a variety of reasons a tooth may need to be extracted, but the question is what happens next? While there are different ways to fill the gap in your smile, the best solution is a dental implant.
What is a dental implant:
A dental implant is made of titanium and is placed directly into the bone of your jaw. It is then allowed to heal for a period of 3-6 months (timing varies depending on each case). During this time, the implant adheres intimately to your bone, process called oseointegration. After the implant has oseointegrated, the implant is then ready to restore.
What about teeth in day?
Our Highlands Ranch dentists always make sure that you are camera ready! You will leave the surgery having temporary teeth (same as those advertised on TV) that are placed while the implant heals and adheres to your bone.
How long with this take?
Usually, the implant has two phases. The surgical phase which is when the implant is placed and usually is done in one appointment. The second phase is called the restorative phase and is usually done in two appointments, an uncovering and impression and the second will be delivery of your final restoration.
Why is this the best option? What about a bridge?
Dental bridges have been used for many years. A dental bridge is still an option for replacing a missing tooth, however, there are a few things you should keep in mind. While dental implant is an additive treatment, a bridge is a subtractive treatment (meaning that we have to prepare tooth structure, take away, on either side of the missing tooth to accommodate your bridge). Keep in mind that your bite is not linear. Our mouth functions in all sorts of movements, like a teeter totter a bridge will get certain amount of force on one tooth over another over time. This can cause the bridge to come loose on one or more of the teeth leading to recurrent cavities and early bridge failure.
What does an implant feel like
Most people don’t notice their implant at all. In fact, they report is feels and functions most similar to their natural tooth.
How successful are implants
Implants integrate 95% of the time in natural bone and 85% in grafted bone. The abutment and crown have an average life span between 10-15 years (meaning the top part of the implant likely will need to be replaced at some point).
Call our Highlands Ranch dental office and speak with one of our outstanding team members to schedule your appointment with Dr. DeLapp or Dr. Parsons today. Contact our office at 303-694-9740 or cottonwood firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out one of our previous blogs to learn more about implants here