Welcome back to Lasting Impressions Dental Care in Colorado Springs, CO! Over the past decades, dental implants have become the premier tooth replacement treatment because of the various benefits they confer and the myriad of advantages they hold over alternative restorative solutions. Implants not only hold teeth that look and feel like the real thing, they also provide an artificial tooth root that can last a lifetime. Dental implants are strong, stable, and enduring, and these are the qualities that make them the preferred treatment amongst our Colorado Springs, CO patients. Where do implants get these strengths from? The “secret” is in osseointegration, the natural and organic fusing process between the jawbone and the artificial tooth root.
Generally speaking, the dental implants system consists of three parts: the fixture, the abutment, and the crown. After a comprehensive consultation during which you and Dr. Jeffrey Platt will discuss your dental care needs and the various options available, you will schedule a visit earmarked for the placement of the implant fixture. This is a small, screw-like titanium insert that’s placed right into the jaw. Ultimately, the fixture will hold the abutment, which in turn will be attached to the permanent artificial teeth you will eventually receive. Immediately after the installation of the fixture, there will be a three to six month long healing period and at this point the implant is osseointegrated with the jaw.
Placing the implant fixture requires the use of a small drill to create a hole along the jawbone. This will cause some light trauma to the bone tissue, which stimulates it to regenerate and reproduce. During the healing process, new bone tissue will grow right up to the surface of the dental implant and will tightly clasp it into place. Modern implants are characterized by a porous surface, as they are covered by a large number of microscopic holes, and this allows newly produced tissue to weave itself through the implant fixture. If the first dental implant lasted for over 40 years — until the patient’s passing —, imagine the unrivaled solidity and stability of the contemporary implant.
As osseointegration takes place you may have to follow a temporary set of instructions to ensure that the healing is not obstructed. It’s typically the case that you’ll have to restrict your diet to soft foods in order to avoid placing excessive pressure on the wound site. It’s also a good idea to not use any straws for drinking, since the suction action can dislodge the blood clot over the wound and interrupt the healing process. An improperly osseointegrated dental implant can fail to provide the robustness needed to support your dental prostheses, so it’s important to allow the wound site to heal unimpeded.
Thanks to osseointegration, dental implants can boast of being unsurpassed in strength and stability. Additional benefits include their ease of maintenance, the natural appearance to the artificial teeth, and the long-lasting nature of the treatment. If you are missing teeth, dental implants may be the ideal solution for you. A beautiful complete smile is only an easy, convenient, and comfortable treatment away; contact us to schedule your FREE, no-obligation consultation at our Colorado Springs, CO office today!