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Dental Implants – Cement or Screws?

Dental implant illustrationDental implants are becoming rapidly more popular, and it’s easy to see why. Implants are the most reliable and permanent way to restore missing or lost teeth. Unlike removable dentures, dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth. Additionally, dental implants have a very high success rate and (if properly cared for) can last forever.

Dental implants are available in different shapes and sizes. They can also be used to restore an entire set of teeth or just one or two missing teeth. You’ll also have two options for how the dental implants are attached – cement or screws.

Cemented Implants or Screwed Implants

Screwed Implants – One of the benefits of having a dental implant screwed in is that the artificial tooth can be easily removed for replacement or repair. The downside is that the posts the artificial teeth are screwed onto can sometimes pose an aesthetic issue. The access hole for the screws are covered with tooth-colored fillings, but it may still look different from the rest of the artificial tooth.

Cemented Implants – While a cemented implant won’t have the cosmetic issue associated with screwed in implants, they may pose a problem when it’s time to repair or replace an artificial tooth. Additionally, if your mouth is sensitive, the cement compound can cause gum swelling and even bone loss.

No matter which type of dental implant you choose, you’ll benefit from the procedure. For more information on dental implants or to make an appointment here at Meadows Family Dentistry, please contact our Castle Rock, CO family dental office today.

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