Teeth that are severely damaged or those that have been lost to damage or decay often create a source of embarrassment for our patients. Physical discomfort is also often a result of decayed or missing teeth. Even the simplest tasks can become difficult when the teeth are unhealthy. If tooth loss is left untreated, the gums and jaw bone will eventually suffer as well. So how can these problems be avoided? The best option is to replace lost teeth with stronger and more attractive dental restorations. In most cases, cosmetic dentist David Redford recommends dental implants to anchor these restorations. Dental implants can improve the strength, appearance, and function of the teeth while maintaining the strength of the jaw bone.
Dental implants require multiple stages of treatment that take place over a span of several months. Dr. Redford is happy to explain to Denver patients each stage of dental implant treatment in order to ensure that they are thoroughly prepared for treatment.
Stage 1: Consultation
Dr. Redford will personally consult with each patient to discuss dental implants in full, including the risks and benefits of treatment as well as what can be expected throughout the procedure. A thorough examination of the teeth, gums, and jaw bone will be conducted to determine if dental implants are an appropriate treatment. In order to undergo dental implants treatment, patients must have healthy gums and a strong jaw bone. If the jaw bone has deteriorated, a bone graft may be performed to prepare the jaw bone for dental implants.
Stage 2: Implants Are Placed
If a patient is a good candidate for treatment, Dr. Redford will refer them to a trusted and experienced oral surgeon or periodontist for placement of the implants. These professionals will surgically place implants based on the specifications created by Dr. Redford. The surgical implantation requires that a small hole be created in the gums and jaw bone so that the implant can be screwed into the implant site.
Stage 3: Osseointegration
After oral surgery, the gums and jaw bone will need time to heal. While the mouth heals, osseointegration will take place. Osseointegration is the process of the implants fusing with the jaw bone and this is what makes dental implants the most secure dental restoration.
Stage 4: Attaching Dental Restorations
Once osseointegration is complete, Dr. Redford will make impressions of the mouth so that dental restorations can be custom-crafted for the dental implants. Dr. Redford can anchor dental crowns, dental bridges, or dentures with the dental implants that have been placed. These restorations will be crafted to the aesthetic specifications of Dr. Redford so that they enhance the appearance of the smile while blending in with the natural teeth. Once completed, these restorations will be attached to the dental implants to complete treatment and restore strength and function to the teeth.
Schedule an Appointment
Dental implants are a secure and durable option when dental restorations are needed. If you would like to learn more about the dental implants procedure or are interested in learning if you are a good candidate for dental implants treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. David Redford at your earliest convenience. We look forward to meeting you!