Dental Implants in Fort Collins, CO
Dental implants are prosthetic teeth, generally made of titanium, which are designed to look, feel, and function just like normal teeth. There are two main components to a dental implant. The “root device” is implanted and fused with your bone, and serves as an anchor for the “prosthetic”, or artificial tooth. the root device can actually support a number of other dental prosthesis, including bridges, crowns, and dentures.
“Statistics show that 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. Furthermore, by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.”
“Twenty years ago, these patients would have had no alternative but to employ a fixed bridge or removable denture to restore their ability to eat, speak clearly and smile. Fixed bridges and removable dentures, however, are not the perfect solution and often bring with them a number of other problems. Removable dentures may slip or cause embarrassing clicking sounds while eating or speaking. Of even greater concern, fixed bridges often affect adjacent healthy teeth, and removable dentures may lead to bone loss in the area where the tooth or teeth are missing. Recurrent decay, periodontal (gum) disease and other factors often doom fixed bridgework to early failure. For these reasons, fixed bridges and removable dentures usually need to be replaced every seven to 15 years.”
A Permanent Solution to Missing Teeth
Modern technological advances in dentistry have delivered another option for patients with missing teeth. Dental implants are a long term solution and are virtually indistinguishable in both form and function from normal healthy teeth. A dental implant designed to replace a single tooth is composed of three parts. First, a titanium post is implanted into the bone directly under the prosthetic. This post fuses with the bone, and can help prevent the bone along the jaw line from thinning or degenerating. Second, an abutment is placed over the titanium post as it protrudes from the gum line and serves as a mount for the crown, or visible portion of the prosthetic tooth.
Dental implants offer a permanent solution to missing teeth, can help prevent bone loss in the jaw line, give you back the ability to eat normally, and allow you to speak clearly and confidently with your family, friends, and coworkers. People with implants often say their replacement teeth allow them to look better, feel better, and live better. For more information about this exciting new technology, please call Murphy OMS today at: (970) 420-6848