Dental implants are titanium posts inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These posts anchor the crowns, bridges, or dentures that replace missing teeth. In this way, a dental implant can replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or even a complete set of teeth. They can also be used to secure loose dentures by making them permanent.
At Harding Dental Group, we surgically place the implant in the jawbone, acting as an artificial root. Once the bone has bonded with the implant, it is a secure anchor for the replacement tooth. Unlike dentures, dental implant-supported prostheses will not slip or shift in your mouth. This can make eating and speaking much easier.
The Dental Implant Procedure
During a dental implant procedure, our dentist will first surgically implant the implant into the bone of your jaw. Once the dental implant has healed and appropriately integrated into the jawbone, we will place an abutment on top of the implant. An abutment is a small piece of metal that attaches to the dental crown. A crown is then placed over the abutment to complete the restoration fully.
Dental implants are strong, durable, and can last many years with routine maintenance. They require the same care as natural teeth, including regular brushing, flossing, and routine office visits for cleanings and exams. On the other hand, you can develop tooth decay or other oral health issues if you do not adequately maintain dental implants.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Having one or more missing teeth can make it challenging to perform the essential functions of life, such as chewing and eating. It can also detract from your smile’s appearance. To address this, we recommend dental implants.
Dental implants can be used to support dentures and bridges, or to replace a single tooth that has been extracted or otherwise lost. A dental implant is a prosthetic root placed into the jawbone to replace the natural tooth's root. This provides a stable foundation to support a crown or a denture.
Dental implants improve jaw health by helping stimulate the bone underneath. This helps to maintain facial shape and prevents resorption of the bone, which happens when a tooth is lost and not replaced. It also improves speech, restoring the lost support and function of the missing tooth. And, of course, it restores the appearance of a smile by filling the gap with a natural-looking replacement.
If you want to learn more about how dental implants can help restore your smile, visit Harding Dental Group at 688 Del Sol Drive, Alamosa, CO 81101, or call (719) 589-2257. We look forward to helping you achieve your dream smile.