Millions of people lose teeth every year from a wide range of conditions. Anything from an accident to undiagnosed and advanced decay can cause a tooth to become dislodged. If you have suffered from tooth loss, you'll be happy to know that dental implants can flawlessly restore your smile to its full, natural appearance. At Sopris Smiles, we use the best technology available to create beautiful dental implant restorations that will leave you excited to smile again!
What Are Implants?
Dental implants are artificial teeth made from materials like porcelain or composites resin that can be shaped and colored to match the color of your tooth. Implants are an excellent restorative option for patients who have lost a single tooth or they can also be conjunction with other procedures for more substantial restorations.
Patients that have received implants remark on how well they can chew and marvel at the hyper-realistic appearance. You’ll be enhancing your oral health along with the aesthetics of your smile.
Each implant consists of three parts:
- The post (or screw)
- The abutment
- The crown
The post is the direct replacement for the tooth root. You’ll never see it buried beneath the gums, embedded in your jawbone. Through the process of osseointegration, the titanium screw fuses to your bone. This process may take several months, but the result is a strong, securely mounted implant, supplying you with your full bite force.
Then, there’s the abutment. Casually called the neck, this sits between the crown and the screw. This piece has one job to do; fasten the crown securely to the screw. Without it, you wouldn’t have a crown.
The crown is the final step. A crown is the visible part of the implant which looks like a natural tooth. They function in the same way, are just as durable, and look shockingly realistic.
Dentistry has come a long way over the years, and even the process of receiving implants has seen a facelift. Instead of sending you home to heal with a temporary crown, we can provide you with your permanent one in o visit.
By using CEREC® and milling machines, we’re able to craft crowns from solid blocks of porcelain. To do so, we will first need to digitally map your mouth and figure out your correct shade of teeth. Once the data we need is in hand, we will produce, stain, and attach the crown to your implant.
Have You Lost a Tooth?
The sooner you act, the fewer complications you’re bound to have. After all, losing a tooth is bad enough. Coupling it with gum disease, and suddenly you have a much graver concern. Contact us today to improve your oral health!