Dental Implants: The Best Option for Replacement Teeth

When you lose a tooth, it’s imperative to find a replacement option as soon as possible. If the tooth is not replaced, the adjacent teeth will drift and cause issues with misaligned bite, changed facial contours, and even speech. Dr. Kelly and Dr. Reece of Colorado West Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC have documented long-term successes with dental implant patients. We place implants in our Grand Junction, CO, location only.

What Are Dental Implants?

The actual implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone where a tooth is missing. The implant and bone become fused together, forming a foundation for an artificial tooth. An abutment, on the end of the implant, extends through the gums and will be attached to the replacement tooth. The new tooth will look and function like a natural tooth.

The Surgical Process

The dental implant procedure usually only requires one surgery. During this surgery, the implant is placed into the jawbone with a healing abutment protruding through the gums to prevent tissue from growing over the implant. Over the next three to six months, the implant is integrated into the bone to take on the role of the root of the tooth. A temporary crown may be placed to protect the area during this healing time. When the implant is completely bonded to the bone, the restorative procedures may begin.

In some cases, two surgeries, one to place the implant and another to place an abutment, are necessary for the implant process to succeed.

Dental implant diagram

Dental Implant FAQ

Q: What kind of anesthesia is used during the implant surgery?
A: Implant surgeries are performed right in our office. Anesthesia options will be discussed during your consultation.

Q: Why should I choose dental implants over another kind of replacement tooth?
A: Other restorations do not feel, act, or function exactly like a natural tooth. Whether you need to replace one or several teeth, implants will renew your self-confidence and give you the peace of mind dentures or bridges do not.

Q: Can anyone get implants?
A: For any patient considering implants, a full oral examination must be performed. We will review your medical and dental history as well. If you are not a good candidate for implants, we can suggest procedures, such as bone grafts, to improve your success with an implant procedure in the future.

Q: How do I take care of implants?
A: Dental implants require the same care as natural teeth. Brushing, flossing, and regular visits to your dentist are critical for the implant’s long-term success.

Do you need dental implants? Call 970-245-2222 to be seen in our Grand Junction or Carbondale office today!

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