Colorado patients faced with tooth loss are often concerned about which restoration option to choose. There are several ways teeth can be replaced by a quality dental professional. They include:
Deciding which one is right for you may seem stressful. Dr. Scott Stewart and his team at South Lakewood Dental often recommend dental implants.
Dr. Stewart describes a dental implant as a restoration that acts as a natural tooth root. This restoration is placed during oral surgery into the bone where osseointegration occurs, fusing the bone to the implant, creating strength and stability. The implant is then restored in a variety of ways. It can be covered with a crown, a dental bridge, or a denture.
Yes, dental implants work great for patients who are seeking a permanent restoration after experiencing tooth loss. These restorations are the “gold standard” for many patients because they can last a lifetime and require minimal attention. They are not removable, but the restoration on top of the implant can be replaced if needed.
It is necessary for patients to have adequate bone structure for the implant to be successful. This can be determined with x-rays during the initial evaluation appointment. If there is not enough bone to successfully place a dental implant, patients who are serious about moving forward with this option are encouraged to ask about bone grafting. This procedure can build up the bone to prepare it for the placement of a dental implant. Overall, most patients with a healthy smile can enjoy the advantages of dental implants.
Contact the team of South Lakewood Dental today to schedule a consultation visit with Dr. Scott Stewart. His practice is located at 2525 South Wadsworth Boulevard, Suite 11 and can be reached at (855) 233-0023. Connect with our staff to learn about dental implants and the possibilities they provide!