What are Dental Implants
Colorado Springs, CO
A Dental Implant is a long-lasting artificial tooth root
Dr. Rogers prepares a small hole in the bone to receive the implant. After three to six months, the bone fuses to the implant, allowing a permanent prosthetic tooth to be attached.
How do implants function?
Through a remarkable process called osseointegration, the implant and your bone fuse and become 'one.' Once the implant is firmly anchored to the jawbone, it has the same stability as a natural tooth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Some of the primary benefits enjoyed by patients who have chosen dental implants include:
|•||A permanent solution to tooth loss.
|•||Helps prevent boss loss and at the same time, preserve facial structure.
|•||No decay, no root canals, no toothache.
|•||You can eat what you want, not what you can.
|•||Cleaned just like your natural teeth.
|•||Renewed self-confidence and improved quality of life.|
Implants can also be used to hold dentures in place, or to replace dentures with individual teeth. There are two primary types of implants for this purpose:
With this type of treatment, new teeth look and feel just like your natural ones, and other people will find it virtually impossible to tell the difference. The teeth are securely fastened and removable only by your Dentist.
This type of treatment is securely fixed on top of two to four implants. Although these dentures are removable for cleaning and oral hygiene, they are quite different from conventional dentures, since they are securely retained in the mouth and function much more like natural teeth.
Dental Implants FAQ
Dental Implants—What Are They?
A man-made replacement for the root of a tooth, a dental implant is surgically implanted in the jawbone. If you are missing a single tooth, all of your teeth, or are facing losing the rest of your teeth, Dental Implants are the best choice available. They truly are Dentistry's Modern Miracle!
How Do They Work?
As the body heals, approximately two to six months after surgery, the bone around the implant fuses to the implant through a process called osseointegration. After the healing phase is complete, the implants are used to anchor crowns, bridges, or dentures. Dental implants are the most natural replacement for missing teeth.
Can Anyone Have Dental Implants?
In most cases, YES!!
Am I A Candidate For A Dental Implant?
Dr. Rogers will do a complete and thorough evaluation of your existing condition, including an oral cancer check, and evaluation of the existing teeth, bone, and gums. Digital photos are taken of your mouth, and study models of your jaw. All of this information is presented to you along with treatment recommendations at a subsequent complimentary consultation appointment.
How Successful Are They?
There is a success rate of approximately 98%. When you are making the decision as to where to have the treatment done, it is very important to choose a dentist that has the skill and experience necessary for the overall success of your Dental Implants.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Implants have a long-term potential when properly cared for. They can last a lifetime.
Do I Have To Go Without My Teeth During Treatment?
In most cases, NO!! During treatment, most of our patients have temporary teeth to wear during the healing stage. We will do all that we can to make sure that you do not go without your teeth!
How Long Does The Treatment Take?
Placing a single Dental Implant takes approximately one hour. For multiple Dental Implants, the procedure takes two to three hours.
Is The Procedure Painful?
Dr. Rogers uses a local anesthetic to numb the area, to make sure there is no discomfort when placing the Dental Implant. Most patients say that they had little or no pain, and that they needed pain medications for only a day or two after surgery. Placing an Implant is not invasive, as when the original tooth was extracted. Most patients feel that the benefits of Dental Implants far outweigh any discomfort they experienced.
What Are Some Of The Specific Advantages of Dental Implants?
DENTAL IMPLANTS WILL PRESERVE BONE! When there is a missing tooth (or teeth), that area continues to lose bone. That is why you might notice a sunken area, especially in your lower jaw if you have missing teeth, and if you wear a conventional denture. Dental Implants are the only method of tooth replacement that can preserve bone!
Dental Implants are self-supporting. Bridges are supported by the neighboring teeth. When a bridge is placed, the natural teeth on each side of the missing tooth are compromised because the natural tooth structure is reduced to a small "peg" (called an abutment) in order to attach the bridge. The abutment teeth become weakened, but still have to continue to do their original job and also do the job of the missing tooth (or teeth).
Because a Dental Implant can be a life-long solution to missing teeth, Implant treatment is usually the most cost-effective choice in the long run when you consider the long-term benefits such as preservation of the jaw bone, better function, restoration of your original smile, and less time in the dental office.
What Is An Implant-Supported Denture?
Many who wear dentures know that keeping them in place is often difficult, especially with lower dentures. Dental Implants can stabilize existing dentures, putting an end to dentures that slip out of place, or move while you are eating or speaking. Implant-Retained Dentures are anchored in place, so they feel and act more like your natural teeth.
An Implant-Supported Denture is a denture that is supported by and attached to Implants. A regular denture rests on the gums.
An Implant-Supported Denture attached to Dental Implants fits firmly, while the regular denture tends to fit less firmly in the mouth. Also, a regular denture will need to be constantly 'relined' as the jaw bone continues to deteriorate.
What Can An Implant-Supported Denture Do For Me?
|•||Stop the bone deterioration process caused by missing teeth.
|•||Eliminate the constant use of those messy dental adhesives.
|•||Improve digestion because you can chew your food properly.
|•||Eliminate the embarrassment caused by the instability of removable false teeth.
|•||Improve your appearance by eliminating the sunken denture look, including the lines and wrinkles around your mouth and nose.
|•||Eliminate chewing pain caused by food that is caught under your dentures or sore irritated gums.
|•||Allow you to eat and chew foods you have been avoiding such as steak, fresh whole apples, nuts, and even salad.
|•||Improve your ability to speak with confidence and control.
|•||Improve your sense of taste.
|•||Make you look younger by having fixed, secure teeth, which are associated with youth.|
Am I Too Old For Dental Implants?
Absolutely Not! The main determining factor is your health. We have successfully placed Dental Implants in people in their seventies and eighties. Implants are more likely need at this time in one's life because more teeth and more supporting bone has been lost. Taking the best care of yourself means you are able to enjoy your family, friends, and spouse with complete confidence when you laugh, smile, cough, and eat.
Do I Have to Take Much Time Off Work?
Most of our patients take the day of surgery off, and the following day or two for recovery. Again, dental implants are not as invasive as when one had their teeth extracted.
Will My Dental Insurance Pay For Implants?
Dental Insurance carriers are finally realizing the importance and long-term value of Dental Implants. Your dental plan may cover a portion of Dental Implants, and even an Implant-Supported Denture. Our front office staff will assist you in obtaining these benefits if they are available.
I'm Ready! Where Do I Start?
Give us a call at (719) 357-4425 to schedule a NO CHARGE personal one-on-one consultation with Dr. Rogers. We encourage you to bring your spouse and/or a friend to this appointment. This private consultation includes a complimentary complete oral examination and full x-rays, which are needed to determine if you are a candidate for Dental Implants. At this time, Dr. Rogers and his staff will discuss treatment options, work out a payment plan that best suits your needs, and schedule an appointment to get started. Then, just leave the rest to us and start. . . .Falling In Love With Your Smile Again!