Dr. Joseph Thompson is a talented implant dentist in Greeley, CO. If you suffer from missing or failing teeth, our dental practice will review all your replacement options with you including dental implants. This innovative tooth replacement solution is the only solution that will replace your teeth without sacrificing your oral and overall health.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the number one solution for failing or missing teeth. Your dentist can use them to replace one, several or even an entire mouth of teeth. They will help your new teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. Instead of the dental restoration relying on suction, adhesive or remaining, natural teeth to hold it in place, your dentist will secure it to dental implants. Not only will this restore your natural chewing ability and speech, they also provide stimulation to the jaw bone preventing bone loss.
Parts of a Dental Implant
Dental implants are a system of sophisticated dental components that make up an artificial tooth or several teeth. It consists of three main parts: the implant post, the abutment, and the dental restoration.
The implant post is a small, screw-shaped titanium rod. Your dentist will insert it into the jawbone to replace the missing tooth root. It is placed during a surgical procedure under local anesthesia. The healing process typically takes 3-6 months where the implant post fuses with the surrounding bone in a process called osseointegration. This will create a stable base for the dental restoration.
We offer implant posts in many different shapes and sizes to accommodate the different locations along the top and bottom jaw. Shorter and wider implants are typically used towards the back of the mouth. Standard size implants are used when there is plenty of bone available. Mini dental implants are also available for patients who lack enough bone.
The abutment is a connector piece that your dentist will attach to the implant post after the healing process is complete. It protrudes through the gums and serves as a platform for the dental restoration. The abutment can be made of titanium, zirconia, or porcelain. There are many different kinds of abutments available. Your dentist will chose the one for you based on the type of restoration that will be placed on top of it.
The dental restoration is the visible part of the implant that looks and functions like a natural tooth. It will be a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture, depending on the number of missing teeth. We will custom make the restoration to fit the abutment and blend in with the surrounding teeth in size, shape, and color. The goal is to create realistic teeth and a natural looking smile.
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If you are looking for a durable, long-lasting solution for replacing teeth and restoring the function and aesthetics of a healthy smile, consider dental implants. Dr. Thompson offers several types of them to replace decaying teeth, failing teeth and missing teeth in Greeley, CO. Call our office at 970.205.9614 to book a consult today or request an appointment online.