4500 Cherry Creek Drive South Ste 101
Glendale, CO 80246
Cherry Creek Perio

Dental Implants

Before development of dental implants, there were minimal alternatives to replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Implants are so well designed; they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are pure titanium structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth, permanent bridge, partial denture or complete denture.

Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant, however. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.

Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the bone to fuse to the implant and anchor the device. In some cases, this may mean you will not have your final implant crown on the day of surgery. In most cases, a post is inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure and a final crown is connected to the implant.

Because implants require surgery, patients are administered anesthesia and if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure.

Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure their longevity.