Below is useful information about developing a cosmetic dentistry plan using dental implants at Schope Dental, Colorado Springs:
People can lose one or more of their natural teeth for a variety of reasons. Sometimes a tooth has to be pulled due to tooth decay or dead roots, while other times it is knocked out suddenly in an accident. If this happens to you, dental implants are a viable option for replacing your lost teeth and helping you be less self-conscious about your smile. It is also healthier for your mouth to not have an open gap since the area could easily become infected. Dental implants refer to the process of replacing your missing teeth with artificial ones by securing them permanently into your jaw.
Two Different Types of Dental Implants
The endosteal dental implant is the most common one used by dentists today. Endosteal, which means in the bone, is a type of implant that is put in place with the use of screws, blades or cylinders. These dental appliances are screwed directly into the jaw bone. Each endosteal dental implant can hold one or more artificial teeth. Patients who don’t wish to have a bridge or removal dentures often opt for this type of procedure.
Subperiosteal implants are the type that is placed on the bone rather than in it. Dental patients who have very little bone height or who are not able to wear conventional dentures often choose subperiosteal dental implants.
Who is a Good Candidate for Permanent Dental Implants?
To be considered for a dental implant, you need to have good oral and physical health overall. You also need to have enough bone remaining in your jaw to support the new dental implant. Your gum tissues should be healthy and free of disease as well. Likely, your dental implant procedure will be performed by a periodontist. A periodontist is a dental expert who specializes in implanting new teeth to look as natural as possible. He or she works closely with your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Betty Jo Schope, to ensure that you get the best look possible.
How is a Dental Implant Performed?
The way your dental implant procedure is carried out depends on the number of teeth you have missing. First, it’s best to coordinate your overall general and cosmetic dental health care with Dr. Schope. She then coordinates the advanced dental care with other dental specialists such as a periodontist. A periodontist can replace a single tooth with a dental implant instead of using a crown or a removable dental retainer. Once your single tooth implant is made, it is covered with a crown to protect it.
The biggest advantage of a having a dental implant installed to replace a single missing tooth is that it has no affect on neighboring teeth. With a dental crown, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth have to be ground down to support the cemented bridge. Another advantage to replacing a single missing tooth with a dental implant is that the roots of the tooth are also replaced. The bone is better preserved with a dental implant, whereas it begins to deteriorate with a dental bridge. Dental implants are built to integrate with your jaw bone and keep it healthy.
The first step in placing a dental implant is for your periodontist to insert a cylinder or screw directly into your jaw. This needs to remain in place for up to two months before a permanent tooth replacement is put over it. In the meantime, your periodontist can place a temporary tooth replacement for aesthetic purposes.
The next step in the dental implant process is for your periodontist to place a small metal post, which is referred to as an abutment, next to the cylinder or screw that is already in place. This requires a healing period of approximately two weeks before moving onto the next step of the dental implant process. When placing the original screw or cylinder into your jaw, some periodontists use equipment that already has the abutement attached. If this is the case during your dental implant, you can skip this second phase of the process.
The last stage of the dental implant process is when your periodontist creates a crown to cover your new artificial tooth. The replacement tooth is crafted to resemble the color and shape of your existing teeth as closely as possible.
Dental Implants for Multiple Missing Teeth
If you have several consecutive missing teeth, your periodontist will place a metal screw or cylinder into your jaw where each missing tooth used to be. This will be followed by attaching the abutement either at the same time or a few months later. The advantages to choosing dental implants to replace multiple teeth are similar to replacing a single tooth. Your periodontist does not have to disturb the functioning surrounding teeth and your jaw bone remains healthier. This is due to the fact that your periodontist replaces the roots of your missing teeth and not just the teeth themselves.
After you have your initial dental screws or cylinders implanted, you may need to wait for up to six months before your permanent replacement teeth can be put into your mouth. Your jaw needs this long to heal from the trauma of losing your permanent teeth and having screws or cylinders put in their place.
Once your multiple dental implants are in place, Dr. Schope will continue to monitor the condition of your implants. Best of all, you will appreciate having permanent teeth again. There are no hassles with having to specially clean removable dentures or fear of them falling out in public. Your smile will look so natural that you may forget you have dental implants after a short time.
Talk to Dr. Schope before you decide to have dental implants
There are many benefits to talking with a highly-skilled and experienced cosmetic dentist in Colorado Springs about your overall dental health before considering a dental implants procedure. Dr. Schope can develop a complete cosmetic dental plan which can include the coordinated care with other dental professionals to ensure overall optimal results. Call Betty Jo Schope, DDS, PC, at 719-260-8089 today to discuss your options for dental implants. For information about other cosmetic dentistry procedures offered at Schope Dental, click here.