Exploring Options for Missing Teeth: Dental Implants
If you need dental implants, Littleton and Denver have options for you to consider. Dental implants are what many dentistry experts believe are the personification of modern dentistry. Dental implants, which first started being used in the 1950’s, fuse with your jaw and offer the closest resemblance in look, feel, and function to the teeth you were born with. Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD offers patients who are missing teeth an alternative to partial dentures or to complete dentures. Dr. Grabiak has a track record of success with dental implants.
A dental implant consists of a small cylinder, made of titanium. This cylinder is placed into the jaw bone. During a 4 – 6 month healing period the jawbone will begin to fuse to the post and this will anchor it in the mouth. After it’s healed, dental implant dentist, Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD will create a custom prosthetic tooth for each of your implants. You will have temporary teeth during this time.
How Long is the Dental Implant Healing Process?
The individual recovery times for dental implants will depend on how many dental implants were inserted and the tolerances of the person. Most patients experience mild discomfort including minor soreness, bleeding, and swelling which can be treated with most over-the-counter medications.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD provides Littleton dental implant assessments on a regular basis. He will be able to determine if you are a candidate for implants by evaluating your teeth and jaw. Patients that have lost their teeth to gum disease, are currently wearing other dental appliances such as dentures, and people who smoke have all been successful recipients of dental implants. Bone loss in the jaw area may lead to a lesser percentage of eligibility however these patients too have had successful implant procedures completed.
Dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth, which means routine brushing and flossing as well as dental visits will help to maintain your oral health after the dental implants are placed. Dental implants have advantages over dentures in that they allow you to eat whatever you like and more closely resemble your natural teeth. The science behind the anchoring of the implant into the jaw bone, called osseointegration, allows for dental implant to act and feel like your natural teeth.
To learn more about the dental implant procedure or to schedule an appointment schedule an appointment with Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD, please contact us today. We also offer dental financing for dental implants and other procedures offered at our Littleton dentist office. Contact us to learn more.
Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD has completed extensive dentistry training in advanced dental techniques and typically completes 100-150 hours of dental continuing education classes yearly. This is six times more than most state's licensing requirement.