“Why do you look so upset in all of these?” your friend jokes. You just spent the weekend exploring the Garden of the Gods and have the pictures to prove it. There are two things in every picture: the breathtaking and gravity-defying landscape, along with your seemingly unaffected face. Everyone else in the photos are smiling as much as they can, but you seem completely over it. Truthfully, the last thing you wanted was a batch of photos showing your missing teeth. It’s best to just try and appear stern and brooding, right? Fortunately, if you are looking for one of the most reliable ways to restore your smile, you can now get dental implants in Colorado Springs.
Why Would I Want Dental Implants?
Dental implants as we know them have been around since the 1970’s. They are one of the few procedures that can recreate a tooth’s entire structure above and below the gum line. There are a number of reasons someone might consider getting dental implants. Those are:
- Desire to replace a missing or damaged tooth
- The need of a strong support for a bridge to replace multiple teeth
- Support of a full or partial denture
A dental implant can be used to bring back a single tooth, or be part of a system that restores multiple teeth. This is because of the strength and reliability of a dental implant.
What Actually Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is actually made of three components.
- A titanium root
- A metal support called an abutment
- A porcelain crown
A dental implant is most appropriate when an entire tooth’s natural structure is gone or needs to be removed. This new titanium root serves two purposes. Firstly, it will serve as the support for the new crown, and secondly, since the titanium itself is extremely bio-compatible with the human body,it will facilitate soft tissue growth in the gums. Once the root is installed, the body will naturally try to establish blood flow which stimulates this growth. The abutment serves to connect the crown to this root, as well as support it from the inside. The crown is the portion that appears above the gum line. It will look like a natural tooth and be able to function like one as well. It is usually made of a high quality porcelain that is shaded to match the rest of your natural teeth. It is also a very resilient material that is practically chip proof, and can last for years with simple brushing and flossing.
What Is It Like To Get A Dental Implant?
Once you have consulted with Dr. Gasper and it has been determined dental implants are right for you, the actual procedure unfolds in 3 steps:
- If necessary, any remainder of the natural tooth will be removed, and the new titanium root will be installed into your gums.
- A period of 3-6 months (perhaps more) will be given in order for you to heal, as well as allow the jawbone to bond with the new roots
- The new crown will be attached to the new root
The first step is a minor surgical procedure and will be planned using the coDiagnostiX system, which is an advanced 3D scan that will enable Dr. Gasper to precisely place your implants with the utmost accuracy. The amount of healing time needed is dependent on your existing jawbone coming into the procedure. The last step is when the upper structure of the tooth, or crown, is placed. If needed, this is also the time when your bridge or denture set will be installed as well.
Am I A Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
This can only be determined by visiting us as at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design. Dr. Gasper will evaluate your existing oral structures and let you know if dental implants are the best option for you. If you are simply looking to bring your smile back to the world, please make an appointment today so we can start helping you.