Missing teeth can have a profound impact on the appearance and functionality of your smile. Apart from chewing, we regularly use our teeth to control the food in our mouths, keep our tongue in proper position and pronounce words. When you’ve lost a tooth to an injury or due to decay, it can make these activities more difficult. To remedy this, our practice provides dental implants in both our Denver and Aurora offices. Dental implants are synthetic teeth, anchored into the jawbone, that effectively replace missing teeth in both appearance and functionality. If properly cared for and cleaned, dental implants can last for decades, making them one of the best solutions for missing teeth.
What are dental implants made of?
A dental implant is composed of three primary parts: the crown, the abutment and the implant fixture. After the patient is placed under general anesthesia, the implant fixture is inserted and secured in the jaw bone in place of the missing tooth. The abutment is then attached to the top of the implant fixture. Both the implant fixture and the abutment are made of titanium for maximum strength and fracture resistance. The abutment, which is visible above the surface of the gums, is used to secure the crown, or false tooth, in place. The crown has the same color, hardness and shape of a natural tooth.
Are dental implants right for you?
In many cases, dental implants are a great solution to missing teeth. However, it is necessary to undergo an initial examination to see whether you are a good candidate. It’s important that a patient have enough bone mass in their jaw in order to securely anchor the implant. Other aspects such as periodontal disease and smoking or drinking habits will also need to be considered on an individual basis.