Tooth loss can occur for a variety of reasons, including gum disease, trauma, infection, and plain old wear and tear. No matter how you came to have missing teeth, finding a secure replacement soon is of the utmost importance. Tooth loss is a serious issue that can have far-reaching effects for your oral and overall health. At Rocky Mountain Periodontal Specialists, our team of periodontists can replace missing teeth and make your smile whole again with implant-retained dentures and dental implants in Colorado Springs, CO. Keep reading to find out how!
Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth because they mimic your missing tooth roots. The only truly comprehensive solution to tooth loss, dental implants are composed of a titanium post that is implanted beneath your gum line. The jawbone grows around the implant to provide maximum security for the prosthetic tooth/teeth that are securely affixed to special connecting abutments. The recovery after the dental implants is placed usually lasts from four to six months.
Dental implants offer a number of advantages to non-implant-retained options in tooth replacement. The multiple benefits of implant dentistry include:
Our Colorado Springs patients have several tooth-replacement options for filling in those smile gaps. Your general dentist may suggest dentures, partials, crown and bridges, or dental implants. At Rocky Mountain Periodontal Specialists, our doctors can place and restore single or multiple-tooth implants or place posts for implant-retained dentures.
Dental implants can be used to treat all cases of tooth loss, no matter if you are missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch. Your periodontist in Colorado Springs evaluates your oral health and how many teeth need to be treated to create a customized treatment plan. Depending on the severity of your tooth loss, there is a type of dental implant that is right for you.
An implant post is surgically placed into your jawbone to act as a new root. An abutment is attached to the post to connect a custom-made dental crown.
A bridge of prosthetic teeth is created to fill the empty space. Instead of placing dental crowns on the adjacent teeth to hold the bridge in place, an average of 1 or 2 implant posts anchors it to your jawbone.
You can secure your denture to your jawbone using an average of 4 to 6 implant posts. You will never need to worry about any slipping or irritation again as you regain as much as 70% of your biting force.
Dentures are prosthetic teeth attached to a base that looks like your gums. Unfortunately, this option has traditionally been associated with being loose or uncomfortable. Implant-retained dentures, however, are a beautiful blend of form and function. Implant-retained dentures don’t require adhesives, won’t slip around, and offer the maximum in stability for your smile.
Just like the name suggests, a full (or complete) implant-retained denture replaces an entire row of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. It may be fixed or removable, depending on your needs, budget, and personal preference. Rather than having to place an individual dental implant to support each tooth, your periodontist can use a strategic number of dental implants to support a complete row. In cases of total tooth loss, dental implants provide a wonderful solution that promotes oral health and overall wellness.
Partial dentures fill gaps located anywhere in the smile when there are still several natural teeth in the gum line. Like a full denture, the partial may be fixed or removable. The partial denture keeps the remaining teeth from drifting out of alignment, and the dental implants keep the jaw healthier for life.
Many adult patients are eligible for dental implants. If your tooth loss is recent and you are in good oral and overall health, chances are good that you can benefit from an implant solution. Severe cases of periodontal (gum) disease may affect your candidacy, however. Patients who have health conditions affecting the immune system -- like uncontrolled diabetes -- may not be able to successfully recover from the surgical implantation. Your implant dentist may recommend a preparatory bone grafting procedure to strengthen the jawbone before an implant surgery can be performed. The only way to know for sure whether or not you are eligible for dental implants is to schedule an appointment with your implant dentist.
Although dental implants cost more upfront than traditional treatments, they are more cost-effective long-term because they have the potential to last for a lifetime. You invest in your oral health and your quality of life using a proven solution. When determining how much you can expect to pay for your new smile, there are several factors that are considered. We provide you with a custom estimate and discuss your payment options to keep your treatment affordable.