At Tim Owens DDS, we want all our patients to enjoy the benefits of a complete smile! One of the best choices patients with missing teeth can make is tooth replacement with dental implants.
Dental Implants: The Process
Nothing replaces a missing tooth like a dental implant. It’s a tiny post made of titanium, a material which fuses securely with the bone in a process we call osseointegration.
The implant is surgically placed into your jaw, acting as a prosthetic root for each missing tooth. Once placed, the integration of the implant into the bone takes place during a recovery period of three to six months. Once the process is complete, the dental implants are super-secure and ready for the placement of your beautiful new teeth.
What’s So Special About Dental Implants?
Well, basically no other option replaces the missing tooth and it’s root. That’s crucial for maintaining the health of your jawbone and preventing further tooth loss later on.
Other choices in tooth replacement, like fixed bridges and non-implant supported dentures, do a great job replacing the visible portion of the tooth, but you’ve lost the whole thing — so why would you replace only half?
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you’re wondering whether or not you’re an ideal candidate for dental implants, the only way to know for sure is to schedule an appointment at Tim Owens DDS. During your initial consultation, we’ll check for two things:
- Excellent candidates have plenty of jawbone to support the dental implants. Sometimes too much bone has been lost as a result of the missing teeth, and bone grafting or another replacement option must be considered.
- Good oral and overall health are necessary for dental implants, too. Some conditions that affect the immune system or gums, like diabetes or periodontitis, can interfere with dental implants’ necessary recovery period.
Find Out More: Request Your Appointment Today
If you’ve got more questions or if you’d like to find out whether or not you’re a good candidate for dental implants, please contact us to schedule your appointment with Dr. Owens. We’re focused on helping our patients in Fort Collins achieve their healthiest, most beautiful smiles — let us help you, too!