Dr. Thomas Ouellette may recommend dental implants if you have lost teeth. Implants are the ideal solution for replacing missing teeth, working to replace both the crowns and the roots of your teeth to restore your smile as well as promoting better long-term oral health and function. Call 303-296-1402 today to schedule a consultation with our dentist and learn more about dental implants in Denver, Colorado.
Dental implants are a type of prosthetic teeth. Unlike other tooth replacement options, they replace both the roots and the crowns of the teeth after they have been lost or extracted to fully restore your oral health and function and give you back your smile. Dental implants consist of two main parts — the implant post and the implant restoration.
The implant post is surgically placed into your jawbone to replace the tooth root. Once placed, it performs all the same functions as your original tooth root, acting as a stable foundation to keep your restoration in place and stimulating your supporting bone to keep it healthy.
The implant restoration replaces the crown of the missing tooth and, depending on your needs, could be a single dental crown, a dental bridge, or a complete or partial denture. This restoration is anchored to the implant post to fully restore your smile.
Your implant treatment begins with an implant placement surgery to insert the implant post into your jawbone. A healing period will follow this procedure to allow the post to integrate with your jawbone. After you have healed, our dentist will work with you to design and create your implant restoration, cap the post and complete your treatment.
Anyone who has lost a tooth or teeth is a candidate for implant dentistry, and as long as your teeth and gums are healthy, you should be able to receive a dental implant without any difficulty. However, if you have a preexisting condition, such as tooth decay, gum disease or bone loss, you will need to receive treatment for that condition before you can receive an implant.
Dental implants are designed to be permanent replacements for your missing teeth. As such, they require the same care as your original teeth, including daily brushing and flossing and regular dental visits for preventive care.
To find out more about dental implants and schedule a consultation with our skilled dentist, give us a call today!