Dental Implants and Implant-Retained Dentures for Colorado Springs

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. Keep reading to find out how!

What Are Dental Implants?

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 are 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:

  • The posts are made from biocompatible titanium, a material that fully integrates (grows together with) your jawbone.
  • Dental implants prevent bone loss, which often occurs after tooth loss. Without tooth roots to nourish, the jawbone will weaken and be reabsorbed into the body -- but dental implants provide stimulation and much-needed nutrients.
  • Dental implants have durability and strength. They last for life and function as well as your real teeth.
  • Your smile looks beautiful and natural with the comprehensive solution.
  • Dental implants have a success rate of over 98% in eligible candidates.

Our Colorado Springs patients have several tooth-replacement options for filling in those smile gaps. You 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.

Full and Partial Implant-Retained Dentures

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.

Are You a Candidate for Implant Dentistry?

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.

Complete Your Smile with Dental Implants!

There is a sturdy, life-like solution to tooth loss -- and it’s available from your implant specialist in 80909. We serve patients in Colorado Springs and all surrounding communities. If you need dental implants or other periodontal services, we invite you to request an appointment at Rocky Mountain Periodontal Specialists today!