Losing a tooth or teeth can have a detrimental impact on your self-esteem and can even influence your dietary choices. In some cases, missing teeth may change the way you speak.
At Buxton Family Dental, we understand these issues and want to help you take proactive steps to restore your smile.
In our Fort Collins, CO dental office, we offer dental implants, which are small titanium posts that can play host to a natural looking artificial tooth. Dental implants, placed at strategic intervals, can also host an affixed dental bridge or denture.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
An implant is made up of three pieces:
- The titanium implant post, which resembles a small screw and is implanted in your jaw
- An abutment that attaches to the titanium post
- A functional artificial tooth that connects to the abutment and looks exactly like a natural tooth
At Buxton Family Dental, we like titanium because it is safe and strong. It fuses with your jawbone over several weeks to offer a solid foundation for your new tooth.
In our Fort Collins, CO dental office, we make sure the area is numb and that you are thoroughly relaxed before your titanium post is implanted. Implants are not particularly painful, but you may have some swelling or irritation immediately following your post placement—no different from other dental procedures.
What Happens After Dental Implant Placement?
After your artificial tooth is placed, you will be able to smile with confidence. You can widen your dietary choices. If speaking properly was an issue before, your new implant should take care of this problem.
Dental implants are often considered the best choice when it comes to missing teeth because implants become part of your anatomy. Removable dentures, on the other hand, can slide around and lose suction over time as your jaw shrinks.
With proper care and regular dental visits, dental implants can last for a long time!
If you’re considering dental implants, contact our Fort Collins, CO dental office today.