If you’ve lost a tooth, it can lead to a series of problems. Beyond the negative impact on your appearance, it can also impair your ability to bite into hard foods. If the structure of the tooth isn’t restored in short order, it can cause the surrounding teeth to alter their alignment.
To effectively address all of these issues, your dentist, Dr. Scott Lindsay, will often recommend replacing the tooth with a dental implant in Centennial, Colorado.
There are a few different steps in the implant process. It starts by having your dentist examine the jaw structure in the area. It’s important to know if you have the sufficient jaw structure to anchor an implant. Otherwise a bone graft procedure will need to be performed in advance of the implant procedure.
We will then refer you to an oral surgeon who will install the implant. The oral surgeon will make a careful incision in your gums. A narrow channel will be made in your jaw bone. A titanium implant will then be screwed into the channel in the bone and your gums will be sutured closed.
Titanium is known for being biologically safe and will fuse with your natural bone in a process known as osseointegration.
Once your gums have healed and the titanium implant has fully integrated into the surrounding bone tissues, your dentist can go about the process of installing a dental crown. This will fully restore the missing tooth.
If you are missing a tooth, you should call Peak Dental Care at 720-420-6226 to see if you’re a good candidate for a dental implant.