Are you missing teeth? Hover Dental Group in Longmont offers dental implants, which are prosthetic replacements for missing or damaged teeth, and can be indistinguishable from a normal tooth. They offer a permanent solution to missing teeth and are cared for through normal brushing and flossing, as opposed to dentures which need to be removed for maintenance. The “root” portion of the dental implant is a metal screw which forms the root. The exposed portion (above the gum-line) supports the prosthetic replacement tooth. Once your new artificial root is placed, a prosthetic denture or tooth can be placed onto the artificial root to replace the natural crown of the tooth.
Dental implants are typically made of biologically-friendly metals such as nickel and titanium. Titanium is a precious metal, and has the unusual ability of attracting bone cells. When a Titanium dental implant is placed, bone cells begin to deposit around the dental implant and over time, stabilize it firmly in place! In effect, your jaw will grow around your implant to help support your new tooth naturally.
Placement of Dental Implants
Placing a dental implant is relatively simple. Before placement, your Longmont dentist will take X-ray to assess the condition of the bone available and the type of implant best suited to your unique needs.
In some cases, particularly if teeth have been missing for an extended period of time, The jaw bone itself can become too thin to initially hold an implant properly. In these cases, additional bone material is required, and Hover Dental Group can do a bone graph to strengthen and build up your jaw area. Once the implant is in place, your jaw bone will begin to thicken around the implant just as it would around the natural roots of your teeth.
The dental implant placement procedure:
- Local anesthesia is administered to effectively numb the area to be worked on
- According to the type of dental implant being used, incisions in the gum are made and a hole is drilled with a hand-piece into the bone where there implant is to be placed
- The dental implant is then inserted into the prepared hole and further tightened into place for better stability
- The dental implant needs to heal for a period of a few weeks to a few months, depending on the severity of the procedure
- Once the gum and bone have healed, a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge and even a removable denture can be placed and fixed over the dental implant
Implants are a relatively new technology and may not be ideally suited for everyone. Call Hover Dental Group today to schedule your initial consultation and find out if dental implants are the best option for you! (303) 684-9777