You may not realize it, but bone requires stimulation to remain strong. Your jawbone is stimulated by tooth roots. When you lose teeth, you also lose their roots. This causes your bone to erode – about 25 percent in the first year alone. This affects both your appearance and your dental function. Fortunately, you can avoid this bone deterioration with dental implants in Colorado Springs.Dr. Craig Sommer talks about Dental Implants Read Transcript
Implants are a great idea to try and fix missing teeth. One of the things we've seen with things that have been done before, either bridges or partial dentures, are breakdown of other teeth besides the area that was affected by the lost tooth. That's unnecessary. If we have a single-tooth problem, it's wisest to fix that with a single-tooth replacement, and it's like an artificial tooth root. We can build upon that, place a crown, something that resembles the actual tooth that was there before, giving you a biting surface that's solid and cosmetic. It's an amazing solution to that missing tooth problem.
There are many benefits of dental implants, not just a strong jaw. Implants are:
- Versatile – You can replace a single tooth with an implant or every tooth in your mouth. Dr. Craig Sommer can advise you on which dental restorations to use with implants to restore your smile.
- Comfortable – Most people forget they even have implants. Unlike other teeth replacements, they won’t rub against your gums or come loose in your mouth.
- Secure – Implants will keep your replacement teeth in place, even if you’re eating corn on the cob or a juicy apple.
- Low Maintenance – Forget about special cleaning solutions or adhesive. All you’ll likely need to care for your implants is a toothbrush and floss.
Dr. Sommer both places and restores implants. This means you can receive your entire treatment with dental implants in one place, with no need to visit an outside oral surgeon. You’ll save time and money!
Interested in implants? Call 719-249-5796 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Craig Sommer.
You’ll Find Many Dental Implant Options to Replace Teeth
After they are embedded in your jaw, implants give your jaw the kind of stimulation it once received from tooth roots. Retaining your bone will not only keep you looking younger, it will also help prevent problems with bite alignment and other dental problems.
No matter how many teeth you’ve lost, you’ll be able to regain your smile with implants. With his expertise in implant dentistry, Dr. Sommer will help you select the implants that will best suit your situation. Your options could include:
- Implant Crowns – Dr. Sommer can restore a single implant with a single dental crown, giving you a replacement tooth that looks, feels, and functions just like a natural one.
- Implant Bridges – Instead of a traditional bridge secured to your teeth, Dr. Sommer will use two or more implants to support your bridge. This offers extra strength and durability and eliminates the need to modify healthy teeth to hold a bridge.
- Implant Dentures – We can use implants to stabilize dentures, keeping them in place so you can eat all your favorite foods.
No matter which kind of dental implants you receive, Dr. Sommer will numb your mouth with local anesthesia to keep you comfortable throughout your procedures. If you’re nervous or worried about discomfort, you can also receive laughing gas.
How a Biocompatible Dental Implant Procedure Works
When you lose a tooth, the socket needs to heal. After three to six months, we’ll evaluate the location of the former tooth for implant placement using digital X-rays. If enough bone has filled in the socket and there is room to place an implant, the procedure can be scheduled. At your next appointment, we’ll administer local anesthesia before placing the implant. Keep in mind, implant placement is often more comfortable than the original tooth extraction.
Once the implant is in the proper position, a threaded cover screw is placed to protect the hollow implant. The gum tissue is sealed, hiding the implant for healing. During healing, the bone grows toward the implant, adapting to it and making a solid reliable connection in a biological process called osseointegration.