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Dental Implants – Colorado Springs

Replace Missing Teeth and Rediscover Your Smile’s Potential

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Replacing missing teeth is important for your oral health, your overall health, and your appearance. While modern dentistry offers several ways to fill in the gaps and restore suffering smiles, many professionals agree that dental implants are the best method for replacing missing teeth. Dr. Erick T. Anderson is a skilled, experienced implant dentist who would be happy to help you discover whether this remarkable treatment is right for you.

Why Choose Anderson Family Dental by Espire for Dental Implants?

  • Entire procedure performed under one roof
  • Specialty training at the Misch Implant Institute
  • 95% success rate—able to last for 30 years or more

The 4 Step Dental Implant Process

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At Anderson Family Dental by Espire, we’re able to offer our patients something rather unique for this area: all-inclusive implant care. Instead of referring you to other offices for the different parts of the procedure, our team has the specialty training to handle the entire process in-house. This approach will allow us to pass savings onto you in both time and money, helping you rebuild your smile in the most affordable and efficient way possible.

Would you like to learn more about the dental implant process? Continue reading below.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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During your initial consultation, you can expect a few things to happen:

  • We will examine your mouth and take some images of your jawbone to determine if you are currently a candidate for dental implants. (If you are not a candidate, we may recommend preliminary treatments that will help you qualify for implants. For example, you might need a bone graft or gum disease treatment.)
  • We will learn a bit about your goals, budget, and habits.
  • We will answer your questions and start designing your personalized tooth replacement treatment plan.

Dental Implant Surgery

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Because our team performs the dental implant surgery in-house, you can avoid the stress and inconvenience that come with visiting an outside specialist.

The surgery itself is pretty straightforward. First, we will numb your mouth in order to make sure your experience is as comfortable as possible. Then, we will make some incisions in your gums and insert your implants into your jawbone at their pre-planned positions. We will finish by closing the incisions. After the procedure is complete, we will send you home with detailed aftercare instructions. Most patients are feeling well enough to return to work within a few days of their procedure.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment Placement

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Once your implants are in place, a biological process known as osseointegration will begin. Essentially, your jawbone will fuse with your implants and allow them to act as strong, sturdy prosthetic tooth roots. Osseointegration takes place over the course of a few months.

After adequate osseointegration has occurred, we may need to perform a second minor surgery. We will expose the tops of your implants and place healing caps on them. Thereafter, we can attach abutments (small connector pieces that will keep your new teeth in place). Some patients receive abutments at the same time as their initial surgery, so a second procedure is not always necessary.

Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations

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To design the crown, bridge, or denture that will get attached to your implants, we will use a sophisticated digital scanning system to create an impression of your mouth. The impression will be sent to a trustworthy laboratory, which will then create your beautiful new teeth.

Once your restoration is ready, we will verify that it meets our high quality standards before we attach it to your implants. Once your new teeth are in place, you might experience a bit of tenderness in your gums, but you will not have to worry about a lengthy recovery period. You can start using your restored smile right away!

Benefits of Dental Implants

Here are some of the most outstanding benefits that dental implants offer:

  • Dental implants replace both the crown and the root of missing teeth. This makes them extremely sturdy, and the special bond that they form with the jaw helps to prevent bone loss and preserve the natural shape of your face.
  • Implants have the potential to last a lifetime if you care for them well and attend regular checkups with your dentist.
  • The success rate of dental implants is over 95%!
  • Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, more people than ever before are candidates for dental implants.
  • In many ways, implants function similarly to natural teeth. They enable their users to eat almost anything, and caring for them is neither complex nor overly time-consuming.
  • Implant restorations are custom-crafted for you. They blend in seamlessly with the teeth around them and provide you with a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
  • Implants can protect your remaining natural teeth by stopping them from drifting out of place.

Indications for Dental Implants

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Whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch of teeth, dental implants may be able to restore your lost smile.

Missing a Single Tooth

If you are missing just one tooth, Dr. Anderson will place a single dental implant in your jaw and restore it with a single crown.

Missing Multiple Teeth

If you are missing several teeth in a row, an implant-retained bridge may be right for you. This type of restoration is similar to a traditional bridge, but it is supported by two dental implants rather than by abutment teeth.

Missing All Teeth

Implant-retained dentures are able to replace an entire arch of teeth. They’re usually supported by four to six implants placed at strategic locations throughout the jaw. Implant dentures tend to be sturdier and more comfortable than their traditional counterparts. This type of prosthesis may be either fixed or removable.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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The cost of dental implants varies from patient to patient. The price of your treatment will depend on how many implants you need, the type of restoration you’ll receive, and the extent of any necessary preliminary work you must undergo before your placement surgery. When you visit us for your consultation, we’ll be able to provide you with a specific estimate for the cost of your procedure. Although dental implants may seem expensive, they present a remarkable long-term value. They’re an investment in your oral health and confidence that will last for decades!