Dental implants are a long term and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. Because your other teeth are unaffected by implants, dental implants are often a better solution than other alternatives like bridges or dentures. Implants can also be used to hold and support dentures if that is the situation you find yourself in.
Our dentist, Dr. Poulson, works with an oral surgeon or periodontist who places the implant. Dr. Poulson will restore the implant once the implant is placed with a crown or by attaching it to a denture.
Speak with our Dr. Poulson, in Brighton, CO about the process of dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a permanent new root for a missing tooth or teeth. A titanium cylinder is placed into the jawbone. After the implant heals into the bone, an abutment and crown are then placed on the implant to provide a permanent new tooth/teeth. Implants can also be used to fix and support dentures.
How are dental implants different from dentures or bridges?
Dentures are a removable set of teeth or partial set of teeth that are removed from time to time and cared for in a special manner. Dentures are often bulky and take more time to get used to.
Bridges are made up of two or more crowns placed between two natural teeth. The two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth. The false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. The anchoring teeth may be natural teeth or implants.
Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth that can be cared for just like natural teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants look and feel just like real teeth. They are a permanent addition to your smile. The implant procedure is affordable and very successful.
Who can place a dental implant?
An oral surgeon, periodontist or dentist trained in placing implants needs to perform the implant procedures. After the implant is in place, Dr. Poulson will finish the process by restoring the implant.
How much do implants cost?
The price of your dental implants will vary based on individual needs, how many implants you are having placed, amount of insurance coverage, and more. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Poulson to determine a price for your implants and a financing plan if necessary.
Do dental implants hurt?
Often patients report the implant placement and restoration as one of the most pain-free procedures they do. The initial placement of the implant is usually done with just a local anesthetic so that you do not feel any tooth or jaw pain. If you have anxiety or fear, you should discuss sedation options with Dr. Poulson or the specialist placing the implant.
How long do implants last?
When cared for properly, implants should last a lifetime. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential to the success of your implant.
Dr. Poulson and his team are focused on helping you with your unique needs and challenges as it relates to your oral health. Dr. Poulson is focused on providing education and understanding as it pertains to your mouth and oral health. He and his team are focused on providing everyday understanding of how to keep your mouth and teeth as healthy as possible.
Our dentist, Dr. Poulson will recommend how often you'll need routine checkups. Ideally you should see Dr. Poulson once or twice a year. We will examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gingivitis, and other health problems.
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