Simply put, dental implants are replacement teeth that are permanently affixed. Modern technological advancements have made it so that implants can be crafted to match your tooth size, shape and color, which means they look great alongside your natural teeth. Chewing, speaking and daily oral hygiene are unaffected by implants, making them a popular choice among our patients needing to replace a missing tooth.
A Two-Part Solution
When looking for a dentist in Durango, CO, who can help you fill gaps in your smile, it is important to know the differences between implants and other replacement options. Implants are both permanent and effective. During the procedure, a titanium screw is surgically implanted into the jawbone, below the gum line. Over several weeks or months, the implant fuses with the bone, creating a secure framework, allowing for a permanent solution that, if properly cared for, can last a lifetime. This method is successfully used to replace single, multiple or full sets of teeth.
The Importance of Bone Density
Traditionally, when a tooth is lost, bone density begins to dwindle due to a lack of stimulation. A healthy bone density level is necessary for both aesthetic and practical purposes and implants can help maintain normal levels. Because they are attached to the bone, the jaw structure still receives necessary stimulation when the teeth are used for chewing. In order for implantation to be successful, a certain base level of bone density is necessary. In certain cases, bone grafts can be used to increase density in preparations for implants.
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