Implants are a wonderful new solution to a variety of problems. They can be used to replace that one tooth you’ve been missing for a long time, or they can help stabilize a denture you really like that just doesn’t stay still anymore.
A dental implant is basically a screw that is surgically placed in the bone to act as a new root or anchor. Once it’s been placed, it can be used in a variety of ways.
Implants as Tooth Replacement
If a patient has most of their natural teeth and only needs to replace one area, an implant can be placed and afterward, a connector (called an “abutment”) and a crown will be placed on top. What’s great about an implant crown is that it doesn’t need to come in and out of your mouth. Once it’s in, it stays in. You can chew on it and clean it like any other tooth.
If you have more than one tooth in an area that needs to be replaced, you can also place two implants and put multiple crowns between the two implants – this is called an implant bridge. Once an implant crown is in, it will virtually look, feel, and behave like a natural tooth!
Implants to Stabilize a Denture
In this case, a patient either needs or has a removable denture that’s not stable. Perhaps the denture rocks when chewing or falls out too easily. If some implants are placed, we can add connectors into the bottom of the denture that can “clip” onto the implants. This way, the dentures are held in by the implants and they don’t fall off anymore! Long-time denture wearers who get implants for their dentures say it’s the best thing they’ve ever done.
Do You Place Implants?
Our doctors don’t place the implants themselves. For that part, we will refer you to one of the specialists we work closely with. Once the implants are placed and the surgeon says they’re “ready to go,” we will then work with you on connecting them to your denture or getting the crown made.
Aren’t Implants Expensive?
While we can’t give you the cost of getting the implant placed (since specialists place them for us), we would agree that an implant is the highest cost option. However, it is also the most desired option. If the total cost is within your means, a tooth replacement that doesn’t have to come in and out, or a denture that doesn’t move or fall out anymore, is worth the investment for many people. Especially if you consider how often we use our teeth and how important they are to our social lives and physical health.
How Can I Learn More?
If a dental implant sounds compelling to you, please call our Canon City dental office at 719-285-4784 to make an appointment. As part of our comprehensive examination, we will give you a treatment plan estimate to see if implants are a viable option for you!