Dental Implants in Aurora, CO
If you are one of many adults missing one or more teeth, you are not alone.
It’s a fact: Data from the American College of Prosthodontists shows that nearly 180 million people in this country are missing at least one tooth!
There are different options available to replace missing teeth, including dentures and dental implants. Although dentures are an effective way to replace missing teeth, they simply are not as good a replacement as dental implants.
If you are one of the many Americans living with missing teeth, talk to Dr. John Chen of Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontics about dental implants. Learn more about why they are a safe and effective replacement for missing teeth that will give you the form and function closest to what you enjoyed with your natural teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are made of titanium. They are placed into the jawbone where the root of the missing tooth used to be. They can be used to replace one tooth or an entire mouth of missing teeth.
The titanium post of the implant includes a connector on which a replacement tooth, or crown, is fitted. The complete dental implant plus the added crown looks very similar to your natural tooth and also functions nearly the same, as well.
Who Should Get Dental Implants?
Almost anyone who is missing one or more teeth and has sufficient periodontal bone is a candidate for dental implants.
The best way to find out if implants are a good option for you is to talk to Dr. Mancuso. He will examine you to find out if dental implants are right for you. Even if you are not currently a candidate, procedures are available to improve your oral health so you could be a candidate in the future.
Why Are Dental Implants Better Than Other Teeth Replacement Options?
Of course dental implants look very similar to a patient’s natural teeth. With dental implants, you can eat your favorite foods and participate in all the activities you would with your natural teeth—without restriction!
In addition, dental implants don't cause the shifting that denture wearers have to endure. Talking, eating, and laughing are comfortable and natural.
There is another advantage to dental implants that many people don’t know about. When teeth are missing, the body receives a signal that the jawbone is no longer being used in those places so nutrients are no longer sent there. This causes the jawbone to shrink, and over time, people develop a sunken-in look that makes them appear older. This doesn’t happen with dental implants because with implants, the jawbone is stimulated to maintain itself the same as it would be with tooth roots.
How Do I Care for Dental Implants?
Floss and brush as you normally would and visit your dentist twice each year for cleanings and examinations. You cannot develop cavities in your implants, but they can show wear and tear over time, so it’s important to have your dentist look at them regularly.
Find Out if You Are a Good Candidate for Dental Implants
You don’t have to live with missing teeth or the discomfort of dentures. Find out for yourself if dental implants are a good option for you. There is no better time than now to get both your smile and your quality of life back!
Call us and make an appointment to discuss dental implants with Dr. Chen at Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontics!