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University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

Dental Implants

Patient Care

Dental Implants

Missing teeth can cause a variety of difficulties, from impaired eating and speaking, to shifting of the remaining teeth. Whether one tooth is missing or all teeth are unsalvageable, dental implants are a strong, long-lasting replacement option. Dental implants represent a synthetic tooth root, made of titanium, on top of which a dental implant crown (replacement tooth) is attached. In addition to replacing missing teeth, implants can also be used to secure removable appliances, such as bridges, dentures, and partials. Dental implants are natural looking and provide significantly improved chewing power than previous alternatives.

The placement of dental implants at our group practice is usually done in three phrases. First, the implant is surgically placed in the jawbone. After a period of healing, a temporary abutment (temporary replacement tooth) is placed on the artificial root. Finally, the implant crown (permanent replacement tooth) is attached to the implant. With proper care, dental implants can last throughout the patient's lifetime. If the artificial dental crown does become damaged, a new implant crown can be placed on the existing implant.