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If you are missing teeth, you are at an increased risk for a number of associated oral health issues, from gapped teeth to jawbone atrophy. For qualifying patients, dental implants can counter these effects to protect your smile and improve your overall quality of life.
An implant is a small titanium post embedded in the jaw that can support dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. At Colorado Premier Dental in Lakewood, CO, Dr. Brian Polidori can place and restore dental implants as part of a single, convenient treatment plan. To help you decide if this method is right for your needs, we invite you to schedule a consultation to learn more about the benefits of dental implants.
Because implant-supported restorations replace the entire tooth, from root to chewing surface, they are the next best option to having a full set of natural teeth. When placed by an experienced implant dentist, implant-supported restorations look, fit, and function like natural teeth.
As implants are fixed to the jaw, your restoration will stay put without shifting. In contrast, traditional dentures often slip out of place meals and conversation. With implants, you can feel confident about your normal routine without worrying about how your restoration looks or fits. For most patients, their implant-supported restoration blends seamlessly into their smile for improved comfort and appearance.
When tooth loss is left untreated, more extensive health problems can develop. One of the most common side effects is jawbone deterioration. Because the tooth roots play an important role in maintaining the density of your jawbone, their loss may lead to resources getting rerouted to other parts of the body. Over time, the jawbone atrophies, threatening the stability of surrounding teeth.
While more affordable, traditional dentures and bridges do not address the loss of tooth roots and the associated bone degeneration. Implant-supported restorations are unique in their ability to replace the root as well as the chewing surfaces of a tooth. In fact, dental implants can prevent further bone loss and contribute to the overall stability of your jaw for improved oral health.
While traditional bridges and dentures are less expensive initially than implant-supported options, they also require more frequent replacement. The cost of repeated replacements can quickly add up. But where a traditional bridge typically lasts between five to seven years, dental implants are designed to last for decades. The titanium posts fuse with your jawbone, making them a permanent part of your anatomy. While restoration may need periodic adjustment, the implant posts themselves can last a lifetime with proper care.
For many patients, Dr. Polidori can perform every stage of dental implant treatment, from surgical placement to restoration. We offer a variety of implant types, including mini implants, and can even perform the All-on-4® technique for qualifying patients. To learn more about the benefits of dental implants and to find out if you are a candidate, contact our office online or call us at (303) 935-3465 to schedule a consultation today.