At Altura Periodontics of Denver, we see every day how dental implants can transform our patients’ mouths — and their lives. As a permanent solution to missing teeth, dental implants are some of the most innovative solutions in dentistry today
Dental implants are a standalone tooth replacement option, and do not utilize existing teeth. An implanted-supported crown is far superior to a traditional tooth-supported dental bridge:
- PreserveAdjacent healthy teeth and jawbone
- Dental implants looks, feels and functions like your natural tooth
- Dental implants are designed to remain aesthetically pleasing for a lifetime
- Cleaning is easier and more hygienic
- Implants do not decay so you will never need a root canal
Check out the below examples of a single tooth replacement, using an implant. Since the bone support was adequate in both height and width, only minimal access was needed in the gum to access the bone. Patients essentially experience no discomfort when minimal access is required in implant placement. In this example, a healing cap was placed to keep the gum from covering over the implant. This approach negates the necessity of a secondary surgical procedure to expose the implant.
Single missing tooth to be replaced with implant supported crown
Small punch is made in gum, revealing adequate bone width for implant
Drill at crest of bone, preparing to drill a hole that will receive the implant
Hole prepared in bone. Notice markings on drill to determine depth of hole.
Implant with carrier resting
on plastic handle and ready for insertion
Implant/carrier being placed into
the prepared hole
Implant and carrier in place
Carrier removed, and implant seated flush with crest of bone
Healing cap screwed into implant,
to keep gum from closing over implant during healing
Side view of healing cap
To learn more about how a dental implant can renew your smile with tooth implants, please contact our Denver office today.