Permanent Smile Restoration
We offer a wide variety of oral surgeries including bone grafts, sinus lifts, and alveoloplasty to prepare you for receiving dental implants. We also offer jaw surgery for complex occlusion issues/adjustments and tori removal to remove bony growths from the mouth that may interfere with dentures or implants.
The biggest benefit of oral surgery is that it prepares you for further treatment. For example, patients without enough healthy jaw tissue can still be candidates for dental implants after bone grafting or a sinus lift. Once the graft has finished healing, your bone will have sufficient strength to support a dental implant, so you can smile with confidence.
It will take about 1-2 weeks to heal from your initial surgery. However, your jaw bone requires about 3-6 months to fully bond (osseointegrate) with your jaw bone. During this time, you will need to follow the recovery instructions from your doctor closely. You'll also come in for a few follow-ups at our Colorado Springs office to check your healing progress.
At Tuttle Family Dentistry, we offer both gas-based nitrous oxide sedation and pill-based oral conscious sedation to keep you feeling safe and comfortable throughout your appointment. To learn more and see if dental sedation is right for you, contact us for a consultation now.
Dental implants themselves are long-term tooth replacements that are highly durable and work by fusing with the jawbone to form an artificial tooth root.
This results in a stable and secure tooth replacement that can withstand comparable chewing forces to your natural teeth. A dental implant can last for 25 years or more. In fact, many patients never need to replace their implants once they're placed.
However, the attached restoration is not permanent and does need to be replaced about every 10 to 15 years depending on the type of restoration. You can extend the lifespan of your restoration by reducing your exposure to wear and tear and staining, and by practicing good oral hygiene.