Improve Your Smile & Your Life With Dental Implants in Colorado Springs

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.

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.

Your Custom Dental Implant Treatment Plan Ensures Great Results

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.

You can regain your smile with implants, no matter how many teeth you’ve lost. 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.

Biocompatible Dental Implants Stay Securely in Place

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

For dental implants in Colorado Springs, call 719-249-5796. You can also request an appointment online.

Common Questions About Dental Implants

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants serve as replacement tooth roots that go in the empty slots where you once had teeth. Dr. Sommer surgically places the implants (little screws) into your jaw, where they begin to fuse with your bone. This is a more holistic process than getting conventional dentures because implants actually become part of your body and can then be restored with a crown, a dental bridge, or modern dentures. In the end, an implants procedure will restore your quality of life in a big way.

Will dental implants last a lifetime?

Possibly. We do know that, with proper care, a dental implant can last for decades. What’s more, dental implants will make you look younger and feel better. Once they are fused with your jaw, dental implants provide your jaw with the sort of stimulation it once received from tooth roots. Retaining your bone will help prevent a variety of dental problems, most notably with bite alignment. A strong jaw also gives you a younger appearance.

How much do dental implants cost?

The good news is that Dr. Sommer both places and restores implants. This means you can receive your entire treatment with dental implants in one place, without having to visit an outside oral surgeon. So, you’ll save time and money at our office. That said, dental implants do require a significant investment. How much depends on your specific situation. Contributing factors include the number of teeth that are missing and the way you plan to restore your implants.

Can dental implants be removed?

Dental implants could be removed, although it is not likely you would need to have them removed. Once your implants are placed in your jawbone, they will fuse with the bone and last for decades, if not a lifetime. Your replacement teeth attached to the implants will last five to 10 years on average.

When should I get dental implants?

If you are missing any number of teeth, you owe it to yourself to consider getting implants. They are designed to function as artificial roots for your replacement teeth. Implants make crowns, bridges, and dentures more secure. They prevent bone loss by stimulating your jaw, and they restore your biting power so you can eat anything you want.

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