Using dental implants as a tooth replacement
Dental implants are titanium posts used by a dentist to replace one, several, or all the teeth in the smile. Golden, Colorado, area patients who are faced with tooth loss can learn more about this option and if they are suitable candidates with our team at Dentistry at Golden Ridge.
How can dental implants restore missing teeth?
Dr. Jamie Richard of Dentistry at Golden Ridge can educate patients on how dental implants are used to replace one or more teeth.
- Replacing one tooth. If a patient needs to replace a single tooth, a single-tooth dental implant can be inserted into the area where the tooth once was and then restored over the abutment with a dental crown. The dental crown is customized to match the color, shape, and size of the natural teeth to ensure it blends with the smile and the bite, and looks as natural as possible
- Replacing several teeth. If a patient has several teeth in a row missing from the dental arch, the placement of one or two dental implants on each side to hold a dental bridge in place may be required. Dental bridges typically use surrounding teeth for support, but if teeth are not readily available to do so, dental implants may be used
- Replacing an entire dental arch. While full dentures used to be a common way to replace all the teeth in the dental arch, they are now much better solutions. Patients might not like the discomfort of using messy dental adhesives to keep their dentures in place or may find it impossible to enjoy some of their favorite foods. With several implants along the dental arch, teeth can be secured onto the implants for optimum stability and function and these restorations do not come in and out at night. These are sometimes called “full-mouth dental implants” or “hybrid dentures.”
Which option is right for me?
If you live in the Golden, CO area and want to speak to Dr. Jamie Richard of Dentistry at Golden Ridge about the options available to you, call (303) 951-8515 to request a visit with the staff at 755 Heritage Road, Suite #120.
Dental implants are titanium roots, that are replaced with in the jawbone to resemble a tooth or group of teeth. A screw is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the screw to become the new tooth or teeth. They can be used to support dental prosthesis including crowns, dentures, and bridges. Today’s treatments are so natural looking, no one will know you had surgery. There’s approximately a 95% success rate for all implants. With modern advances in dentistry, some implants can be restored immediately with life like all-porcelain crowns. For more details ask your dentist.