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Colorado Springs Dental Implants



A dental implant is an artificial tooth placed into your jaw to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even all of your teeth. They look natural and feel just like your own teeth. It's like having your own teeth back. They are becoming more popular each year, and have become the standard of care for replacing missing teeth.

A dental implant has two parts, as shown on the diagram at the right.

The root form fixture is surgically placed into the jawbone, and the bone grows in around it. This is a process called osseointegration.

When the root form placement has healed, then a crown is placed on top of the fixture, restoring the original root and visible portion of your missing tooth.

  Diagram of a Colorado dental implant
     

In the case of multiple missing teeth, you don't necessarily need one root form fixture for each tooth. Depending on the degree of stability you want, you could have as few as two dental implants to retain an entire arch full of teeth. Or you could have one implant per tooth, or something in between.

We will help answer your questions about the pros and cons of the various options, and the costs involved.

  Diagram of a Colorado dental implant

Advantages of Dental Implants

There are many advantages to using dental implants in cases where you are missing all of your teeth. They are much more comfortable. They are secure—they won't fall out at embarrassing times. You can eat anything you want. But the chief advantage is a long-term advantage that people may not realize at first. That is that they prevent a condition called facial collapse. When there are no teeth in your jaw, your body begins to resorb your jawbone, and over a period of ten or twenty years it often shrinks so severely that your face develops a collapsed sunken look and you can no longer wear a removable denture comfortably. Too many people don't realize this until it happens to them, and then they require expensive reconstructive surgery involving bone grafts to repair the damage.

Here at Rota Dental of Colorado Springs, Dr. Rota has been doing implant dentistry for more than 20 years and the success rate is better than 95%. If you want the best possible replacement for missing teeth, this will often be your answer.

Start-to-finish, the procedure may require several months to complete because it can take about four to six months for the implant to fuse to your bone tissue through a process called osseointegration. There are some techniques that are promoted in marketing materials for speeding up the process, such as teeth-in-an-hour and the all-on-four dental implants technique. These generally involve extra risks which we can discuss with you.

Are You a Dental Implants Candidate?

This treatment may not work for you if you are not in good general health. Your gums and jaw bone must be healthy enough to support the implant, and you must commit to being meticulous about your daily homecare routine after they are placed, in order to maximize their lifespan. You will also need to visit us up to four times per year for cleanings and check-ups.

If you are interested in replacing one tooth or multiple teeth dental implants, we will perform a thorough evaluation to determine whether your health and lifestyle make a you a good candidate for this kind of restoration. With appropriate care, they can last a lifetime.

Learn more about Dental Implants at the Patient Education Center.

 

 

Rota Dental Center
1750 Telstar Drive, Suite 200
Colorado Springs CO 80920
Phone: 719-598-1224