Losing a tooth can be devastating. Regardless of how tooth loss occurs, you probably feel self-conscious about your smile. Not to mention all the ways missing teeth impact your comfort and oral health.
Dentures and dental bridges have always been the go-to solutions to replace missing teeth, but many patients today seek a more stable, permanent solution to tooth loss than either one provides. Dental implants in Fort Collins, CO are the solution they’ve been looking for!
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are different from dentures and bridges because they replace the entire missing tooth—from root to crown. A dental implant consists of three pieces: the implant post, the abutment, and the restoration.
Once you and Dr. Humbert decide together that a dental implant is the appropriate choice for you, we’ll plan the placement of your implant at our comfortable Fort Collins dental office.
Predictable Outcomes with 3-D Cone Beam Imaging
Dr. Humbert uses leading-edge 3-D cone beam imaging to determine how and where to position your dental implant. He then creates a customized surgical guide that shows him exactly where to place your implant with no guesswork involved. Pre-planning, in this way, ensures a comfortable, efficient procedure for you and the best possible long-term outcomes.
As the implant heals in your jaw over several months, a process called osseointegration takes place. Since the implant is made of titanium, it’s easily accepted by your body, and it gradually fuses with bone and tissue around it.
Restore Function and Appearance to Your Smile
At this point, the dental implant has replaced the missing tooth root and is now sturdy and stable enough to support an artificial tooth or teeth. If we’re replacing a single missing tooth, Dr. Humbert would recommend a dental crown; for multiple missing teeth, he would suggest a dental bridge or full or partial dentures.
The result is a replacement tooth that is as close in form, feel, and function to a natural tooth as is possible in modern dentistry. It’s not a real tooth, but it’s the next best thing!
Dental Implants Stop Jawbone Loss
Tooth loss does have a significant impact on your self-esteem and quality of life, but it’s much more than an aesthetic problem. Healthy, intact tooth roots stimulate the regeneration of bone in your jaw. When you lose a tooth, the process stops, and bone loss always follows unless you get a dental implant. A dental implant acts as a replacement tooth root and prevents bone loss by resuming the work of stimulating regeneration of bone in your jaw.
Improved Facial Appearance with Dental Implants
Your teeth do more than help you chew; they also help fill out your facial structure to maintain a youthful appearance. When all your teeth are present, they support your mouth, lips, and cheeks. Tooth loss eliminates this support, and as bone loss occurs, your face can take on a hollow, tired, or aged appearance.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you’re a healthy adult who has missing teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants. The main criteria are that you be healthy enough for the procedure and that there be sufficient dense bone in your jaw into which Dr. Humbert can place the implant.
Even if you don’t have enough bone at this time, our Fort Collins dental implants dentist would be happy to talk to you about bone grafting that will make it possible to get an implant at a later date.
Start Your Dental Implant Journey Today
Ready to learn more about dental implants and how they can help with your unique situation? Please call Centre Family Dentistry to schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Humbert to get started.