Get dental implants in Loveland for your most natural looking smile
Having a smile that is complete and fully functional is not something to take for granted. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, some 178 million people in the United States are missing at least one tooth and 35 million do not have any teeth. Unfortunately, those numbers are expected to grow as baby boomers age. If you are one of these millions, then Dr. Ryan Koenig and his team can restore your smile and your quality of life. Dental implants are replacement prosthetics that look and feel as good as your natural teeth. Surgically embedded in your jaw, dental implants are secure, strong and can last a lifetime with proper care.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Most of the patients we see at Fox Creek Family Dental do qualify to have dental implants. There are, however, a few prerequisites. First, sufficient bone density or volume is essential. Because each dental implant is embedded in your jaw, the volume of the bone tissue there is critical. If you’ve been missing teeth for a while, then there may be some bone loss. This frequently happens when there aren’t any tooth roots to stimulate healthy new bone tissue growth. If this is your case, Dr. Koenig may suggest bone grafting to build up the bone, or another type of tooth replacement—dentures or a crown and bridge—will be necessary.
In addition, you’ll also need to be willing to commit to a thorough at-home oral hygiene routine. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and flossing daily is necessary to maintain the health of natural and prosthetic teeth. Without proper care, gum disease or peri-implantitis may develop. Both conditions may make extracting your dental implants a necessity.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
There are two phases in the implantation process: placement and restoration. To place the dental implant, the site is anesthetized before a small incision is made in your gum tissue. Then the implant, which is made of the biocompatible metal titanium, is screwed into the bone. The site is sutured closed and you’re given post-op instructions to ensure proper healing.
As you heal, the implant and surrounding bone tissue fuse together to form a solid foundation that will securely hold your new tooth in place. The healing process will take anywhere from three to six months depending on how many implants you need.
Once Dr. Koenig determines that the implant is secure, you’ll return to our office for the final phase—attaching the restoration. For a single missing tooth, a porcelain crown is used. If you have several missing teeth, then the options include a crown and bridge, partial or even full dentures to restore your smile.