What are Dental Implants?

Not only can a missing tooth be an eyesore, but it can also affect the functionality of your mouth. Missing teeth can also cause the empty tooth sockets to become breeding grounds for bacteria that can cause adverse health effects. Dental implants can replace missing teeth and allow you to chew properly. If you are missing teeth or if you have a tooth that is excessively damaged, Johnson Dental will help restore your smile back to its former glory.

Advantages of Dental Implants

  • Durable- One of the major benefits of dental implants is their durability. Usually, dental implants can last between 10 and 15 years after they have been installed, however, in some cases dental implants have lasted decades without any problems.
  • Looks and Feels Natural- Additionally, dental implants look like natural teeth once the crown has been placed. The ability to chew is fully restored as well, allowing patients with dental implants to forget they were ever missing a tooth.
  • Prevents Bone Deterioration- Dental implants are made of a titanium alloy that allows the implant to bond to the jaw bone through a process called osseointegration. This helps prevent jaw bone deterioration and promotes bone cell growth.
  • Secure Dentures- In older patients who are missing multiple teeth, dental implants can work to secure dentures to the mouth without irritating the gums. Instead of securing a dental crown to the implant, a ball and socket device is installed that allows the dentures to snap right into place.

The Procedure

The first part of the dental implant procedure is removing any bits of tooth that might remain in the socket. Once the socket is clear of any debris, an incision is made over the crest of your jaw bone and a pilot hole is drilled where the implant will rest. Using a series of drill bits to prevent any damage to bone cells, the pilot hole is widened, the implant is placed and buried underneath the gums so the implant can bond to the jaw bone.

Once the osseointegration process is complete, usually between 3 and 6 months after the initial surgery, the implant will be uncovered and an abutment is placed on top of the implant. A dental crown is then placed on top of the abutment and the missing tooth is restored.

Dental implants can also be installed in seniors who are in need of dentures to provide a more secure fit. Using a ball and socket method, the dentures snap onto the dental implants with ease. Dental implant secured dentures rest above the gums so they are less irritated than with traditional dentures.

If you are missing a tooth and are in need of a dental implant or any of the other services we offer at Johnson Dental in Wheat Ridge, CO you can contact us here or call us at 303.422.8748 to schedule an appointment.