If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants might be the perfect solution to restore your smile to full health and function! Implants are favored by many patients for their natural look and feel. In this post, we’ll introduce you to this amazing tooth restoration solution and the types available at Summit Family Dentistry.
What’s a Dental Implant?
Before we break down the options available at our practice, let’s go over what a dental implant is. A dental implant is simply an artificial tooth root topped with a restoration. Made of biocompatible titanium, the implant is surgically inserted into the jawbone where the missing tooth was located. The area will take several months to heal, at which point a custom-made restoration will be attached to the implant. This provides the patient with a brand new fake tooth that looks just like the real thing, and feels like it too!
Dental Implants in Littleton, CO
Dental implants are beloved for their easy maintenance, permanence, and natural look and feel–they blend right in with the rest of the mouth and allow patients to eat and speak normally. At Summit Family Dentistry, we offer the following dental implant restorations:
- Single Tooth Implant
- Implant-Supported Bridge
- Implant-Supported Dentures
A single tooth implant is when a titanium rod and its accompanying dental crown replaces one missing tooth. This custom-made crown will fit perfectly in with the rest of your smile.
Another option available is an implant-supported bridge. A bridge is a solution to one or more missing teeth in a row. The bridge itself contains realistic false teeth that literally bridge the gap left by missing teeth, and is held in place by neighboring dental implants.
This one is a solution to multiple, or even a full set of, missing teeth. A common complaint with dentures is that they slip and slide around the mouth, even coming loose and falling out. Implant-supported dentures address these problems; the dentures are designed to easily attach to as little as four implants, snapping on and off as needed. If the implants are needed just for denture-stabilization, mini-implants may be used. These are an affordable version of a traditional implant that can be installed in as little as one visit.
Find Your Fit at Summit Family Dentistry
Ready for dental implants? Come on in for a consultation and we’ll help you determine which of these options will best address your dental needs. Contact us today to schedule!