Dental Implant Restoration
If you have missing teeth, you have several options to replace them. Dental bridges and dentures are time-tested solutions that work well for many people, but dental implants are an innovative, top-of-the-line tooth replacement that offers stability and longevity that other methods can't.
At Unkel & Shibilski Dental, we work with the most respected oral surgeons in our area to offer expert dental implant placement and restoration. Our experienced dentists oversee the entire process, so you benefit from their expertise and that of a leading specialist in their field.
How a Dental Implant Works
A dental implant is the only prosthetic tooth that replaces a lost tooth root with a titanium post. The implant post is placed surgically in the jawbone, and as it heals, a process called osseointegration occurs. Over several months, the implant post fuses with surrounding bone and tissue, making it as stable as the original tooth root.
If you need to replace several missing teeth, our dentists would likely recommend an implant bridge or denture.
Dental Implant Benefits
There are numerous benefits to choosing implants to replace missing teeth:
- A tooth implant restores your ability to eat and enjoy all your favorite foods without worrying about unstable dentures.
- A dental implant helps prevent bone loss to keep the jaw strong and healthy.
- Dental implants fill the gap in your smile and support facial features to avoid a sunken appearance.
- We can replace a single tooth with implants or stabilize a full denture.
- A dental implant is a long-term tooth replacement and can last a lifetime when cared for properly.
Who Is a Good Dental Implant Candidate?
The main requirement for getting is that sufficient dense jawbone exists in the area t support the titanium post. Even so, grafting procedures are available for those who want a dental implant but have suffered jawbone loss.
What's Involved with Getting a Dental Implant?
First, Dr. Unkel and Dr. Shibilski will perform an exam and take x-rays to determine if you're a good implant candidate. If you are, they will explain what's involved and what you can expect from dental implant placement and restoration.
Dental Implant Placement Steps
We work only with specialists at the top of their field and have significant expertise in placing tooth implants. The steps for getting an implant are as follows:
- Implant surgery — The specialist places the implant in their office under local anesthesia. The procedure takes 1–2 hours per tooth.
- Implant healing — It takes three to eight months for the implant post to fully integrate with the surrounding bone and tissue in the jaw.
- Placing the abutment — The abutment is the part of the prosthetic that connects the implant post in the jaw to the crown that shows when you smile.
- Restoring the implant — The final step is to secure the tooth restoration (porcelain crown, bridge, or denture) to the abutment.
On the day we restore your implant, you will leave our office with a beautiful, fully functional tooth replacement as stable as the natural tooth was. If you receive an implant denture, you can be confident it won't move or shift while eating, speaking, or laughing, because the implants in your jaw anchor it securely in place.
Is a Dental Implant the Right Solution for You?
We understand that replacing one or more missing teeth with dental implants is a big decision. Drs. Unkel and Shibilski would enjoy meeting you to learn about your goals and expectations and see if dental implants are the ideal tooth replacement for you.
If you're ready to schedule an appointment, please call our Inverness dental office in Englewood, CO, and a helpful team member will be happy to assist you.