Losing teeth not only leads to self-consciousness about your smile, the gaps left by missing teeth also make it difficult to chew and speak, and allow other teeth to drift and tilt. With dental implants, our experienced dentists can restore your smile and dental function. If you live in Cherry Creek or greater Denver and want to know if you are a good candidate for dental implants, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-566-4036 to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists.
How Dental Implants replace missing Teeth
Dental implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They work by allowing our dentists to replace the entire tooth structure, from root to crown. For people who are good candidates, dental implants have many advantages, including that they:
- Look natural
- Feel natural
- Last for many years, potentially a lifetime
- Provide excellent durability and stability
- Do not require special care, other than flossing and brushing
- Prevent deterioration of bone beneath the missing tooth
A dental implant replaces the root of your missing tooth. It is made of titanium and is implanted in the boney ridge beneath your teeth. It is used to support the tooth restoration on top, which is the replacement of the visible portion of the tooth. One of the main advantages of a dental implant is that it can support a single dental crown, or it can support a dental bridge or full dentures, depending on your preferences and how many teeth you are replacing.
At DeWitt Dental Associates, we work with experienced oral surgeons nearby, who will place the implant beneath your gums. Once you have healed and the implant has fully fused with the bone in which it was implanted, then our dentists will place the tooth restoration on your dental implant.
Considering Dental Implants and other Tooth Replacements
It is important to replace missing teeth. If you have a missing tooth, you probably feel self-conscious about smiling and talking because of the gap left by tooth loss. There are other problems beyond the aesthetic. Missing teeth can change the alignment of your teeth and bite as other teeth drift toward the gaps of missing teeth. Your speech and chewing ability may also be affected. Missing teeth can also lead to a collapsed, shrunken jaw appearance. This change to the shape of the lower third of your face happens when the bone beneath your teeth begins to deteriorate. Normally, a tooth root sustains the bone in which it grows, but when you lose a tooth, the bone begins to resorb because of the absence of a tooth root. For these reasons, you should replace any teeth you have lost.
At DeWitt Dental Associates, our experienced implant dentists are committed to helping you achieve and maintain excellent oral health. We will help you consider all aspects of the dental implant process so that you can decide if this tooth replacement option is right for you. Please view our list of top dental implant questions to write down and bring with you to your consultation.
If you live in or around Denver and want to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists.