Dental implants are the closest artificial replacement for damaged or missing teeth. They are strong, look and feel like natural teeth, and can last a lifetime. Implants are composed of a metal post placed into the jawbone and a crown, which is cemented on top of the metal post. With the help of this procedure, you can get back your smile and talk with confidence.
What are Dental Implants Made From?
Dental implants are made from titanium, a strong and durable metal that serves as the root of the implant. A ceramic crown is placed above the metal post to replace the missing tooth. The crown is coated with a tooth-colored ceramic material that blends well with your natural teeth for a seamless appearance.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
- Dental implants stay in place without any hassle. The metal stud acts as an anchor to hold them firmly in position.
- The ceramic crown looks and feels like natural teeth, giving you a complete smile.
- The ceramic crown serves as an artificial tooth root, which allows you to bite down hard without damaging your dental implant.
- You can enjoy all your favorite foods confidently and without worrying about your missing tooth.
- Dental implants improve your self-esteem and self-confidence. They allow you to smile without any inhibitions and talk without any embarrassment.
- A dental implant lasts for many years if maintained well. You can get back your lost tooth without compromising on aesthetics or longevity.
- Dental implants restore oral functionality to its optimum level. Your bite will be restored to its original form.
What Is the Procedure Involved in Getting Dental Implants?
Getting a dental implant requires careful planning and proper execution of each step to ensure optimum results at the end of the procedure.
The following steps form the procedure involved in getting a dental implant:
Initial screening: During this step, we will take X-rays and scans of your mouth to determine your candidacy for dental implants. We will look for signs of periodontal disease that could affect the procedure, such as jawbone deterioration that might hinder the placement of an implant during surgery.
If you have any other kinds of oral conditions that might interfere with getting an implant, we will consult with you on what course of action should be taken to treat them before we proceed with getting an implant installed.
Surgery: During surgery, we will make a small cut in your gums to expose the bone underneath them. We will use high-precision equipment to make a hole and place the titanium post inside it using dental adhesives that help hold it in position.
We will then make another cut in your gums to place a cover over the post called an abutment and ensure it stays in place firmly using dental adhesives. This cover ensures your gums grow around the abutment properly so that the dentist can fit a crown over it after your tissues heal completely within about two weeks.
After two weeks have passed, we will place a crown overthe abutment and check its fit before cementing it permanently (bonding). In case you require another crown due to changes in your oral health conditions, we will take exact measurements before customizing it to fit accurately to fit comfortably over your teeth perfectly. The new crown will be bonded permanently into position after ensuring its fit is optimal by testing its bite against the other teeth in your mouth (bite test).
Highland Dental Care, located in Denver, CO, is equipped with the best dentists and modern technologies. Call us at (303) 455-3838 to schedule an appointment at our dental practice.