A Permanent Solution to Missing Teeth
At Stonegate Meadows Dentistry, we see every day how tooth implants can transform our patients’ mouths — and their lives. As a permanent solution to missing teeth, dental implants are some of the most innovative solutions in dentistry today. Dental implants can hold a dental crown, bridge or denture in place just like roots of your natural teeth. The unique root-like shape of the tapered tooth implants we use provide superb stability, make drilling simpler and placing the implant easier. And with dental implants, there is no need to destroy good, healthy tooth structure, which makes it an ideal solution for most patients seeking an improved cosmetic dental appearance.
Find out how an implant dentist can help improve your smile with tooth implants and make the dental implant process easy. We will guide you through each step of the implant process, from placing the dental implant to restoring the final tooth. Tooth implants are just one of the many advanced cosmetic dental procedures that sets Stonegate Meadows Dentistry apart from any other Denver dental practice.
Why Choose A Dental Implant?
Statistics show that 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. Furthermore, by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.
Twenty years ago, these patients would have had no alternative but to employ a fixed bridge or removable denture to restore their ability to eat, speak clearly and smile. Fixed bridges and removable dentures, however, are not the perfect solution and often bring with them a number of other problems. Removable dentures may slip or cause embarrassing clicking sounds while eating or speaking. Of even greater concern, fixed bridges often affect adjacent healthy teeth, and removable dentures may lead to bone loss in the area where the tooth or teeth are missing. Recurrent decay, periodontal (gum) disease and other factors often doom fixed bridgework to early failure. For these reasons, fixed bridges and removable dentures usually need to be replaced every seven to 15 years.
Today there is another option for patients who are missing permanent teeth. Rather than resting on the gum line like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that your oral and maxillofacial surgeon surgically places in the jawbone. Composed of titanium metal that “fuses” with the jawbone through a process called “osseointegration,” dental implants never slip or make embarrassing noises that advertise the fact that you have “false teeth,” and never decay like teeth anchoring fixed bridges. Because dental implants fuse with the jawbone, bone loss is generally not a problem.
After more than 20 years of service, the vast majority of dental implants first placed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States continue to still function at peak performance. More importantly, the recipients of those early dental implants are still satisfied they made the right choice. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
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