Do dental implants really function like natural teeth? That question comes up at Almeida & Bell Dental Cosmetic, Implant & Sedation Dentistry in Lone Tree CO, as patients weigh their tooth replacement options. Dental implants may sound too good to be true, but we can assure you: they really do look and function like natural teeth!
We’ll use this blog post to describe exactly what dental implants are. First of all, a clarification: a dental implant is not, strictly speaking, a replacement tooth. An implant is really a titanium post that we insert into the jaw; the post is a support for the replacement tooth.
Implants are typically made of titanium, which is fully compatible with human bone. This is one of the great things about them: they completely fuse with the bone and become a part of the body. Cases of rejection are rare.
The implant acts are a substitute for the tooth root that was lost along with the natural tooth. One implant can support one artificial tooth, and several can support a bridge or full dental arch.
The process, on average, takes about six months, start-to-finish. Once it is fully healed, most patients can’t tell the difference between the implant and a natural tooth. They’ve got full biting and chewing power, and teeth that look as real as they function.
At Almeida & Bell Dental Cosmetic, Implant & Sedation Dentistry in Lone Tree CO, we offer single tooth implants and implant-supported dentures. Patients throughout Highlands Ranch, Denver, and Littleton are enjoying the benefits. They also come to our practice for complete restorative dentistry. Contact us today!