Permanent Smile Restoration

Dental Implants in Colorado Springs, CO

The Benefits Of Dental Implants

At Tuttle Family Dentistry , we offer a full range of dental implant services, and we can handle the placement, restoration, and maintenance of single-tooth, full-arch, and "mini" implants. We use BioHorizons implants to ensure the best possible results.

With dental implants from our office in Colorado Springs, you can enjoy a new smile that looks and feels natural and supports the health of your jaw bone. Another benefit of dental implants is that they are permanent, and will likely last for the rest of your life with proper care. So don't wait to learn more about the benefits of dental implants, and see if you're a good candidate for treatment.

Understanding Dental Implant Process

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Implant Placement Surgery

At your implant surgery appointment, your mouth will be cleaned and numbed, and you'll be sedated. Then, a small opening will be made in the gum and jaw tissue where the missing tooth is, and Dr. Tuttle will place a small titanium implant precisely into this opening. Then, the opening is stitched shut, and this process is repeated for each implant.

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Implant Restoration

When your implant has fully healed, an implant restoration such as a crown , implant-supported bridge, or implant-supported denture will be attached permanently to the dental implant. This completes the procedure and restores your smile.

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Am I A Good Candidate For A Dental Implant?

If you have a healthy mouth and a strong jaw bone, you are likely a good candidate for an implant. If you have chronic oral health issues or a weak jaw bone, you may still qualify, but additional surgeries like bone grafts may be required to restore your smile. Get in touch with Tuttle Family Dentistry now to schedule a consultation and see if dental implants in Colorado Springs may be right for you.

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Sedation Available For Implant Surgery

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.

How Many Visits Are Involved With Getting My Implants?

This ultimately depends on a few different factors, like how many implants you are receiving, if you require bone grafting procedures to create sufficient bone support, whether or not you need teeth to be extracted, and the types of implants you are receiving. 

At Tuttle Family Dentistry, getting dental implants will require at least four appointments including your consultation. The process begins with a consultation with one of our dentists, where we assess your oral health and bone density. 

During this appointment, we will be able to determine if you will require additional pre-treatment procedures like extractions or bone grafting which would add to the number of appointments and length of treatment.

Assuming you don’t require any of these additional procedures, the second appointment would be the implantation of the titanium post into your jawbone. About 3 to 6 months later, we can perform the second oral surgery at your third appointment, where we will reopen the gums to attach an abutment. 

Impressions are also taken of your teeth to create your restoration, which can be placed a few weeks after your second surgery. However, it typically takes up to 6 weeks for the restoration to be fabricated. At the fourth appointment, we will attach the dental crown, bridge, or denture to your implants to complete your tooth restoration.

How Long Do They Take to Heal?

Three different healing processes are going on during the entire implant treatment. The first is the time it takes to heal from the first oral surgery. This can range from a couple of days to 2 weeks depending on your oral health, how many implants you received, and if you required bone grafting to support the implants. 

The second healing process is the osseointegration process which takes 3 to 6 months. This is the time it takes for your implant to fuse with the jawbone as the jawbone grows around the implant. 

It’s important to practice good oral hygiene and carefully follow aftercare instructions so osseointegration occurs successfully. Failed osseointegration can result in implant failure. 

The third healing process is the time it takes to heal from the second oral surgery (the attachment of the abutment). This, again, can range from a few days to 2 weeks depending on the previously mentioned factors.