Dental implants are one of the greatest dental advancements of the last century, and one we are excited to educate our patients on at Applewood Dental in Wheat Ridge.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a permanent replacement for a missing tooth that is independent of all other teeth. It is essentially a screw that is integrated into the jawbone to replace the root of the missing tooth.
What is the process of getting a dental implant?
There are three parts to the implant restoration: the root (implant), the connector (abutment screw), and tooth (crown). At Applewood Dental in Wheat Ridge, we refer our patients to great surgeons who complete the surgical portion of the implant process, placing the screw. After the implant integrates into the bone (usually three to six months), we will take an impression and fabricate a tooth-colored crown. Implants can also be used to help anchor removable dentures, or permanently anchor fixed dentures. If there are multiple teeth missing next to one another, it is possible to attach multiple crowns to two implants.
Dental implants have many benefits: If there are not teeth on both sides of the missing tooth, this is the only non-removable or permanent option. Implants do not affect the teeth next to the space where the tooth is missing, like a bridge does. Implants normally integrate into the bone and stay integrated for life. So unlike a bridge or a partial the process is only completed once. However, this is a surgical procedure and requires planning and preparation for success.