Permanent Smile Restoration
We offer a wide variety of oral surgeries including jaw surgery for complex occlusion issues/adjustments, bone grafts, sinus lifts, and alveoloplasty to prepare for dental implants in Colorado Springs, and tori removal to remove bony growths from the mouth that may interfere with dentures or dental implants.
The biggest benefit of oral surgery is that it prepares you for further treatment. With bone grafts or sinus lifts, for example, you can get a dental implant even if your jaw bone is weak. Once the graft has taken hold, your bone will be sufficiently strong to support an implant and restore your smile, and that's a great thing.
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 your recovery instructions from Dr. Tuttle 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 stabilized in your jawbone by fusing with the jawbone to form an artificial tooth root.
This results in an immovable and secure tooth replacement that can withstand significant chewing forces comparable to your natural teeth. This implant can last for 25 years to a lifetime, with many patients never needing to replace it.
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.