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, including 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. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth and can last a lifetime with the 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 the Dental Implant Process

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Implant Placement Surgery

To prepare for your implant placement, your mouth will be cleaned and numbed, and you'll be sedated for your comfort. Then, a small opening will be made in the gum and jaw tissue where the missing tooth is, and your Colorado Springs dentist will place a small titanium implant precisely into this opening. The opening will then be stitched shut to allow the site to heal and the implant to bond with the surrounding tissue.

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Implant Restoration

A restoration is the visible portion of your dental implant. When your implant has fully healed, a 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 have experienced bone loss you may still qualify for treatment, but additional preparation like bone grafting may be required to ensure lasting results. Get in touch with Tuttle Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation and see if dental implants in Colorado Springs are 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 and what type of implants you are receiving. Additional preparatory procedures, such as bone grafting or extractions can impact your treatment timeline as well.

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 examine your oral health and determine if you will require additional preparatory treatments, which could 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 can take 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 Dental Implants 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 initial implant placement. 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 stage of healing 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 can range from a few days to 2 weeks depending on the previously mentioned factors.