The impact of a bright, attractive smile is an aesthetic quality that lures people to us. It definitely helps create a first impression and conveys a confident and friendly personality. However, several factors like decayed, damaged, or lost teeth can affect the aesthetics of our smile. Thanks to the advances in cosmetic dentistry, it is now able to restore lost teeth with dental implants while supporting bone and gingival tissue.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are metal posts surgically implanted into the patient's jawbone to restore damaged or missing teeth with an artificial prosthesis that appear and function like real ones.
How do Dental Implants Work?
Dental Implant surgery involves stages, with healing time allowed between procedures.
Consultation and Diagnostic Tests
The first step of implant placement involves consultation with our dentist, where he will examine your teeth and jaws to assess the patient's oral health, evaluate medical history, and their candidacy for the implants.
Using cone beam CT scans and dental x-rays, the dentist obtains the patient's dental impressions to get a clearer image of their dental health, understand the jawbone health, and plan treatment.
With the help of the Cone Beam CT scan and advanced planning technology, a temporary prosthesis is also fabricated for the patient for the healing period.
Damaged Tooth Removal and bone grafting
If the patient has a damaged tooth, it is removed either via a simple or surgical extraction. Before the tooth removal, the dentist will analyze the patient's oral health and ensure that the extraction causes only minimal damage to the adjacent bone, gum tissue, and the empty tooth socket.
If the patient doesn't have sufficient jawbone density, bone grafting is performed to create a solid base for the implant.
Placement of Dental Implant
After giving anesthetics to ensure that the implant treatment is painless and comfortable, the dentist drills holes into the patient's bone by making incisions on the gum to place the implant metal post deep into the bone.
Bone Growth & Healing
During osseointegration, the jawbone grows and unites with the implant, providing a firm base for the new artificial tooth. During this healing period, while the implant bonds with the jawbone, a temporary prosthesis is placed.
Once the osseointegration is complete, the gum is reopened, the temporary prosthesis is removed, and an abutment is attached to the implant to sustain the artificial tooth.
Artificial Tooth Replacement
Once the gums heal and the jawbone is strong enough to support the artificial tooth, an artificial tooth or dental crown is placed over the implant.
Foxfield Dental, located at Foxfield, CO, is equipped with the best dentists and modern technologies that enable the best dental care facilities for the patients. Call (720) 870-0401 and book an appointment with the dentistry to know more about implants and other dental care services.