Dental Implants Offer Unmatched Stability for Your Restorations
If you are missing one or more teeth and seek stable and natural-looking restorations, implants may be the solution. Set in your jawbone, these small metal posts replace your lost dental roots and support a custom-designed restoration. In addition to unparalleled security, implants are the only restorative treatment that prevents jawbone recession.
Dr. Todd H. Shainholtz can place and restore dental implants at his Eagle, CO, practice, which allows us to offer comprehensive and streamlined care in one location. We also use the latest dental materials, such as zirconia implants, for long-lasting and natural-looking results.
Your Initial Consultation
Certain factors can impact your eligibility for implants, but in most cases, Dr. Shainholtz can find alternative treatment solutions or provide necessary preparatory procedures.
First, he will evaluate the health of your jaw. If you have experienced bone loss due to tooth loss, this can typically be treated with a graft. Bone grafting restores lost tissue, providing a strong and stable foundation for implants. Recovery following bone graft surgery can take four to nine months.
Dr. Shainholtz often performs socket preservation during tooth extraction, preventing jawbone recession from occurring in the first place.
You will also discuss your health history during this visit. In addition to analyzing your bone health, Dr. Shainholtz will look for oral health conditions. If you suffer from gum disease, for example, he can provide necessary treatment before you proceed with implant surgery.
Implant Placement and Restoration
After your initial consultation to determine your candidacy, Dr. Shainholtz will plan your treatment to meet your goals. He will take 3-D x-rays to locate the strongest positions in your jaw for the posts. He will also take measurements of your jaw to determine which size of implants are right for you.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root surgically placed into the jawbone to hold a crown, bridge, or denture.
When you are ready to begin treatment, Dr. Shainholtz will numb your gums and jawbone, providing additional sedation as needed. Then he will surgically place your implants. He will use the 3-D x-rays he took at your consultation to determine the best placement sites.
In most cases, it will take four to six months for your jawbone to heal. As it does, the bone tissue will fuse with the implant posts. The implants will then become a permanent part of your mouth, replacing your dental roots. Then Dr. Shainholtz can attach your permanent crown, bridge, partial denture, or full denture.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Though we offer several restorative dentistry treatments, implants offer unique benefits that no other type of restoration can provide. Unlike a removable restoration, an implant-supported prosthetic does not slip out of place. This is an important benefit that allows you to smile, speak, and eat freely.
Also, implant-supported restorations look more realistic than others as you do not have to worry about a plastic base, attachment pieces, or denture adhesive. Finally, because they will replace your dental roots, implants prevent jawbone recession. This helps in maintaining your natural facial structure, and reducing your risk for future tooth loss.
Contact Us for More Information
Dental implants may be a stable option for those who have lost teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or advancing age. To learn more about implants and to determine your candidacy, contact Dental Arts of Eagle today.
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