Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and smile confidently, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a solid foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! People are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life with them.
EVALUATION FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS
If you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, like many others, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Montoya or a Periodontist in our practice, Dr. Pearl Lai. Your questions and concerns are important to us, and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURE BOULDER
Dental implants are metal anchors which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrudes through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, dental implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the dental implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Montoya can then start making your new teeth by taking an impression. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
Advantages of Dental Implants in Boulder, Colorado
There are several advantages to transforming your smile with Dr. Montoya and Dr. Lai from Boulder Dental Designs restorative dentistry in Boulder, Colorado. One benefit many of our patients love is that they can eat the foods they love right away. Typically, when patients restore their smile with dentures rather than dental implants, they cannot eat the foods they love. This is because hard, sticky, and chewy foods can affect how the dentures fit. With dental implants, patients can treat their implants like natural teeth.
Another advantage of dental implants is that there is no specific dental routine to keep the implant and your gums healthy. Follow your regular oral health routine. We recommend that patients with dental implants brush, floss, and use mouthwash twice a day. Additionally, patients should visit Boulder Dental Designs every six months for a dental cleaning and exam.
Lastly, patients love dental implants from Boulder Dental Designs because they look and feel almost like natural teeth. Whether you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth, you can benefit from dental implants’ transformation of your smile.
Dental implants are an excellent way for patients to regain confidence and present their best smiles. Contact our office today for more information about dental implants at Boulder Dental Designs or to schedule an appointment.