How Dental Implants Can Restore Your Smile
RESTORE YOUR SMILE WITH IMPLANTED RESTORATIONS
In your life, you might lose a tooth, or a few, or a lot of your teeth due to an accident, decay, natural aging, or other explanations. In the past, if you lost a tooth or teeth, you could only replace them with a bridge or removable dentures. But with all the modern advances in dentistry, you now have the alternative of replacing missing teeth with implant-supported restorations. Designed to appear natural and function just like real teeth, dental implants can rejuvenate your smile if you're missing one tooth, many, or all of your teeth. If you're interested in an implant-supported restoration that looks great and lasts a long time, ask your dentist in Littleton, CO for more information on implant options. At Clement Park Dental Care, we offer high-quality dental implants for patients who need a crown (one tooth), a dental bridge (a few teeth), partial dentures (most of the teeth), or full dentures (all of the teeth on one or both arches). If you've been dismissing your missing teeth or you're annoyed with removable dentures, you could be a fantastic candidate for an implanted restoration.
WHAT'S AN IMPLANT-SUPPORTED RESTORATION?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is screwed through the gums into the jaw socket. After the implant(s) has integrated with the jaw and gums, it will be strong enough to hold a custom restoration. At Clement Park Dental Care, we perform implant surgery with sedation dentistry to keep patients calm and comfortable during the procedure. We also use high-quality restorations (crowns, bridges, and dentures) for attractive results. Depending on which restoration is necessary, one or many implants might be needed to ensure your new restoration is strong and stable. Our staff at Clement Park Dental Care will provide you with good care and compassion when we take you through the implant restoration process.
WHY SHOULD I GET AN IMPLANT-SUPPORTED RESTORATION?
When a tooth or teeth are missing, it can result in multiple problems. The hole left by a missing tooth may make it possible for the other teeth to move out of alignment. A dental malocclusion can result in problems, like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Additionally, when there's no tooth to keep the gums and jaw stimulated, atrophy can result in other dental problems and eventually, facial deformity. Unlike traditional removable dentures or a crown and bridge that is kept in place with dental adhesives, a restoration attached to an implant keeps your whole mouth healthy. Another major reason Littleton, CO patients are looking into implanted restorations is how natural they look and how they function like natural teeth. Dental implants integrate with your gums and bone so the attached restoration is stable enough to eat any foods and it requires no special maintenance. Once the implant and restoration are in place, your teeth should be brushed and flossed twice every day, plus you must schedule professional cleanings and dental exams at your dentist in Littleton, CO. When compared with traditional crowns, bridges, and dentures, implant-supported restorations last longer with proper care.
Depending on how many teeth you are missing, you may require an implant-supported crown, bridge, partials, or full dentures:
- IMPLANTED DENTAL CROWN
An implanted crown replaces a single tooth. Once the dental implant has integrated with your jaw and gums, then a custom-made crown will be attached. The crown will be shaded and shaped to blend with your other teeth to give you a seamless result.
- IMPLANTED DENTAL BRIDGE
For additional stability, an implant can be attached to a dental bridge. An implant-supported bridge uses one implant that is attached to one false tooth, which is then connected to crowns that are placed over the surrounding teeth.
- PARTIAL IMPLANT-SUPPORTED DENTURES
To replace many, but not all of the teeth on a dental arch, implant partial dentures can be used. Dental implants will be strategically placed and then attached to the custom-made partial dentures.
- FULL IMPLANT-SUPPORTED DENTURES
If you are missing all of your teeth on your upper and/or lower arch, implant-supported full dentures are an option. After multiple implants are placed and have integrated with your mouth, custom-made dentures will be attached.
As soon as you and your Littleton, CO dentist have determined that an implanted restoration is ideal for you, your implant placement surgery will be scheduled. Before your surgery, your dentist will use digital x-rays and other innovative imaging to help create a chart of the best location for your implant(s). On the day of your implant surgery, you will need to stick to any pre-procedure instructions given by your dentist. At Clement Park Dental Care, we offer many different levels of sedation to keep you comfy during implant surgery. As soon as you are relaxed and your mouth has been prepped, an incision will be made in your gums and implant the post. This process will be repeated if multiple implants are necessary. Once the post(s) is in place, the incision(s) in your gums will be stitched. The visible portion of the implant post(s) may be given a temporary restoration for protection while your mouth heals. Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics, pain medication, and/or anti-inflammatories to help throughout your recovery. You should plan to rest as much as possible after your surgery and stick to a liquid or soft foods diet. You will need to schedule another appointment about a week after surgery to have your stitches removed and so your dentist can check your recovery.
It takes roughly 3 – 6 months for osseointegration (the implants integrating with your natural bone and tissue). During this time, you may have to schedule follow-up appointments at your dentist in Littleton, CO so they can check your recovery progress and estimate how long it's going to be before your custom-made restoration can be connected. Once your implant(s) is secure enough, your dentist will be able to complete the process. While your final appointment should be rather easy and cause minimal discomfort, local anesthesia along with nitrous-oxide gas or an oral-conscious sedation method might be offered to keep you relaxed. Once your temporary restoration has been removed, your dentist will attach your custom-made restoration to the implant(s) and can make modest adjustments as needed to improve the fit and appearance. Prior to leaving, your dentist will go over how to care for your implant(s) and restoration.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR IMPLANTS AND RESTORATION
One of the principal benefits of implant-supported restorations is that they can be treated just like your own teeth. You're able to eat corn on the cob, caramel, and your other favorite foods without the fear that your teeth will come out. However, it is still important to look after your teeth with a good home oral care routine. You need to brush and floss your restoration and natural teeth at least twice a day. If you need help with your flossing or brushing technique, our team at Clement Park Dental Care is happy to demonstrate and give you tips during your examination and cleaning. You should continue to schedule your annual oral health exam and bi-annual cleanings with your dentist in Littleton, CO. In some cases, your dentist might recommend coming in more often for exams or cleanings. While implanted restorations are long-lasting, you may need to have them replaced at a certain point. During your annual exam, your dentist will check the wear of your restoration and health of your implant(s) so they can tell if you need a replacement.
ARE YOU READY FOR AN IMPLANT-SUPPORTED RESTORATION?
An implanted crown, bridge, or dentures can improve not only your smile, but also your life. Dental implants improve the look of your smile and get you back to daily activities such as eating, laughing, or talking with others without the worry of a gap in your smile or loose dentures. Whether you would like to replace a single tooth or many missing teeth, implanted restorations can return your confidence. To find more information, contact our office in Littleton, CO and schedule an implant-supported restoration examination.
* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.