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Dental Implants

Dental ImplantDental implants are a permanent and aesthetically appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. Because your other teeth are unaffected by implants, they are often a better solution than other alternatives like bridges or partials.

Speak with Dr. Polson in Castle Rock about the process of dental implants. This process may be performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to gently place the implant or “root” part within the mouth. An small incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implant(s) is placed, the gums are allowed to heal and in some cases are sutured.

After the implant is in place you will be allowed between 3-6 months to heal. A temporary tooth (teeth) is installed if needed so you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile. As you heal over the next 3-6 months your jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration.

After the implant has healed, it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. Once this is placed, an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. Once the restoration is completed, you can return to the office to attach the restoration permanently. Your smile will look just like it used to, and after a short period of getting used to the implant it will feel just like one of your own teeth.