It’s important to replace missing teeth so that the remaining ones will continue to be supported and able to remain in position. One of the more innovative options are dental implants. An implant is a surgically placed screw like apparatus that is attached to the jawbone to take the place of the natural root of the lost tooth. Once the implant is installed your dentist will wait 2-6 months to allow time for it to bond to its new environment and become strong enough to support an artificial tooth restoration. During this waiting period you may be able to wear a temporary crown if the missing tooth is obvious.
Most patients are good candidates for a dental implant assuming there is sufficient bone structure and healthy gums. If you ask your dentist about the possibility of an implant he will do an evaluation to make sure it is a doable procedure in your case. There are no special care instructions after having an implant, but your dentist will encourage you to keep up with your normal oral hygiene routine of brushing, flossing and having regular check-ups.
After your implant has bonded and your new tooth has been installed it will feel as though your natural tooth has grown back. You will find that the confidence that comes with having a healthy smile has also been restored.
Southlands Dental in Aurora, CO is devoted to patient comfort and individual attention. Call 720-886-0606 today for your implant evaluation.