Dental implants have become a popular solution for replacing missing teeth. At Aspen Smile Dentistry, we are delighted to provide Colorado patients with the latest restorative dental services, including dental implants. 

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are used to replace natural teeth, which are lost through trauma, injury or gum disease. The implant, which is made from titanium, is fitted into a small socket in the jaw bone. The primary aim is to take on the role of the missing tooth root. Once the implant is anchored securely, it can be attached to a host of restorations to restore the smile and optimize oral function. Examples include a crown, dental bridge or denture. 

Reasons to get dental implants

Dental implants have revolutionized treatment for patients with missing natural teeth. They represent a long-term solution and they offer multiple benefits. The main reasons to consider dental implants include:

  • Stunning, natural-looking aesthetics

For many of us, the look of our smile is extremely important. Losing a tooth or a number of teeth can detract from the beauty of the smile and impact confidence. Implants are an effective means of enhancing the smile and building confidence. With implants, the replacement tooth or teeth will look radiant, healthy and natural. 

  • Improved oral function

When you lose teeth, it can affect your ability to eat a wide range of foods and speak clearly. Dental implants act like strong, natural teeth, enabling you to enjoy a nutritious, varied diet and speak with confidence. 

  • Comfort

Dental implants integrate into the bone tissue and they provide a long-term solution for tooth loss. With implants, you don’t need to worry about a denture slipping or irritating the gums. You’ll feel like you have your natural teeth again. 

  • Durability

Dental implants are designed to stand the test of time and they last a lot longer than bridges and dentures. 

  • Versatility

Implant treatment offers a solution for individuals who have lost any number of teeth because they are compatible with a range of restorations. 

 

What does the treatment process involve?

If you’re thinking about having dental implants in Aspen, it’s understandable to have questions about the treatment process. Dental implants are fitted in two key stages.

  1. The first stage involves placing the implant. Your dentist will use precision techniques and the latest technology to pinpoint the optimum location for your new implant. They will drill a small opening in the jaw bone and the implant will be placed and secured. The gum tissue is left to heal and the implant integrates into the bone through a process called osseointegration.
  2. Once the implant has settled, your Aspen dentist will move on to the second stage of the process. This involves fitting an abutment, a small connector, which enables your dentist to add the restoration. The crown, bridge or denture is then attached and secured. 

Dental implant treatment usually takes 6-12 weeks. 

 

How can I find out more?

If you have any questions about dental implant treatment in Aspen, or you’re looking to schedule an appointment with a dentist in Colorado, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team at Aspen Smile Dentistry.