Man smiling after Dental Implants
Dental Implants
Home ยป Dental Implants

Using dental implants to replace a missing tooth

Dental implants are one of the most effective ways to restore the smile following tooth loss. Unlike partial dentures or bridges, which rest over the top of the gum line, dental implants are placed directly into the bone of the jaw. This provides a more secure and stable foundation for replacement teeth. Dr. Sarah Keen of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a dentist at The Dental Loft and may recommend dental implants to many of her patients who want to replace a missing tooth.

The implant itself is a small metal post that serves as the root of the new tooth. Once in place, a natural-looking tooth (called a “crown”) is then attached to the implant. Dental implants may be used to replace a single tooth or several missing teeth and can also be used to support full, complete dentures or bridges.

How long will my dental implant last?

The success rate for the placement of dental implants is quite high, and they can last for many years with appropriate care and regular attention. Dental implants should be cared for just like your natural teeth by brushing after every meal, flossing once a day, and seeing the dentist every six months for a cleaning and evaluation.

How is a dental implant restored?

The best restoration for the abutment of the dental implant depends on how many teeth the patient is replacing and what they qualify for. A single tooth replaced with a dental implant will require a dental crown over the top. This completes the smile’s appearance and function. Alternatively, patients missing several teeth may use a dental implant for one or both sides of the gap, placing a porcelain bridge across the two. In cases where patients are missing an entire arch of teeth, dental implants might be placed along the gum line and used for holding a complete denture in place. These are known as implant-retained dentures or full mouth implants.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for dental implants?

The best candidates are those who live in the Colorado Springs, CO area and call The Dental Loft for a consultation appointment! During this time, Dr. Sarah Keen can evaluate a patient and determine if dental implants are an excellent option for their unique needs. Call (719) 749-7997 today!