Dental Implants in Lafayette, CO
Are you missing teeth? You’re not alone.
According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 52% of American adults between the ages of 20 and 64 are missing at least one tooth. And almost 20% of adults ages 65 and over are completely edentulous, which means that they are missing all of their teeth.
Tooth loss can pose a number of significant challenges in both your health and your self-confidence. When you are missing teeth, it’s more difficult to chew the nutritious foods your body needs to stay healthy. You might experience pain. Your remaining teeth can shift, leading to changes in the way your upper and lower jaw fit together. This can put excess pressure on your remaining teeth, leading to premature wear and further damage.
As you probably know, people who are missing teeth often face social consequences as well. It’s unfair, but our society has a tendency to make negative assumptions about hygiene and even intelligence in those who are missing teeth. You may find that both your personal and professional life suffer when you have a missing tooth.
At Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center in Lafayette, CO, we have a solution to help you restore your smile, your confidence, and your health – dental implants.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a prosthetic (artificial) tooth that is held in place by a titanium post that functions as a replacement root. This post is placed surgically into your dental bone. Over time, the post actually integrates with your bone to create a secure and stable foundation for your replacement tooth.
This titanium post is what makes dental implants so different from other tooth replacement options. Dentures, for instance, are usually held in place using a combination of dental adhesives and suction, which makes them prone to shifting. Dentures wearers often find that they have to avoid certain foods to prevent damage to their dentures or embarrassing moments.
A dental bridge is more stable than a denture, but it does require alteration to existing healthy teeth to properly fit the crowns that hold the unit in place. Dental implants allow us to replace your missing tooth or teeth without having to remove healthy tooth structure.
The Hidden Advantage of Dental Implants
One of the biggest differences between dental implants and other tooth replacement options, however, is one that you might not even realize.
A symbiotic relationship exists between the roots of your teeth and your dental bone. In exchange for holding the root in place, the jaw bone receives a steady stream of nutrients and minerals to help maintain its density and health. When the root is gone, this process comes to a halt. The bone no longer maintains itself and becomes diminished and weak.
As time passes, other teeth will tilt and shift toward the open space and the bone becomes weaker. Eventually, this will likely lead to further tooth loss, creating a vicious cycle that often results in a collapse of your oral health and a sunken appearance to your face.
By replacing the missing tooth root, dental implants can put a stop to this negative process and allow your dental bone to stay healthy.
Dental Implants at Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center
Placing dental implants is a surgical procedure. It just makes sense to trust your implant placement to the skill and advanced training of an oral surgeon like Dr. Hayes. At our oral surgery center, we use up-to-date technology to plan every procedure for the highest chance of success with minimal surprises.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Dental implants boast an impressive 95% success rate. Combine that with how incredibly lifelike your implant will look and feel, and you can see why implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement.
Whether your general dentist has recommended an implant or you are simply interested in learning more about the procedure, we invite you to give us a call so we can schedule a consultation with Dr. Hayes.