Implant Restorations

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a form of dental restorations, such as dentures, bridges, and crowns. In this type of restoration, an artificial tooth root is implanted into the jaw. This implant will serve as a permanent base for artificial replacement teeth. Dental implants are preferable to other types of restoration, in that they provide a much more permanent solution for those who have missing teeth or chronic dental issues. They will look and function exactly like natural teeth.

The artificial tooth root looks much a metal post or screw. These posts are actually titanium, medical grade implant fixtures and, over time, they will actually fuse directly to your jawbone. Dental implants provide the most durable anchor for your artificial teeth and, unlike dentures, there won’t be any slippage or clicking noises when eating or speaking. You’ll care for our implants exactly like you would your natural teeth – flossing and brushing daily.

Dental implants are made up of three parts:

  • The implant: The implant is the titanium post that acts as a root for your new, artificial teeth. Eventually the implant will fuse to your jaw.
  • The abutment: The abutment is the connector that will support the artificial teeth and keep them in place on top of the implant.
  • The crown: The crown is the artificial tooth that will sit on top of the implant. It will be made to look and function exactly like your natural teeth.

Dental implants can be made to replace just a single tooth, multiple teeth, or full upper/lower sets of teeth. Your dental implants will be placed in stages, which means that you’ll need to prepare yourself to dedicate months to the procedure.

If you have any further questions about dental implants or if you think they might be right for you, please contact Longmont Dental & Orthodontics!