Do your missing teeth make you self-conscious or embarrassed? Whether you have one or many gaps in your smile, dental implants can help. This tooth replacement option is unique in many different ways and can help you get your smile back for good. Learn more about dental implants with help from your Grand Junction, CO dentist at Western Slope Dental Care.
How do dental implants work?
Understanding dental implants becomes less difficult when you understand their inner workings. Dental implants have three main parts:
- Fixture: The implant’s fixture is a small, titanium post your dentist implants into your jawbone. The implant’s fixture sits in the socket of your missing tooth. Over time, the fixture integrates with the bone, growing into it to become a permanent part of your mouth.
- Abutment: The abutment connects the implant’s fixture to the prosthetic tooth which sits on top of the fixture to replace your missing tooth.
- Prosthetic: Made from porcelain, the prosthetic can be a single dental crown which replaces one tooth, a dental bridge which fills the gap left behind by several teeth, or a denture, which replaces all of the teeth on an arch.
What makes dental implants unique?
Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants give you peace of mind that lasts a lifetime. Due to their design, implants stand alone, not relying on any natural teeth to anchor into the mouth, keeping the natural teeth intact. Since implants feel and function like your natural teeth, you can eat the foods you love without worrying about your implant moving around or falling out, as dentures or a removable bridge might. Additionally, implants permanently and effectively restore your biting surface, making eating and speaking easier.
Dental Implants in Grand Junction, CO
Dental implants can complete your smile to give you the confidence boost you need and a smile to be proud of. Most implant procedures begin with an initial consultation. Your dentist takes a mold of your mouth to send to the dental laboratory which creates your prosthetics. Meanwhile, your dentist surgically implants the fixture into the mouth. After recovering and healing for several months, the fixture successfully integrates into the jawbone. At this point, your dentist connects the fixture to the abutment and, in turn, to the prosthetic tooth, completing your implant. Your dentist can help you determine if implants are right for you.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Brandon Berguin and Dr. Funderburk at Western Slope Dental in Grand Junction, CO. Call (970) 241-3483 to schedule your consultation for dental implants.