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Questions About Dental Implants

May 27, 2022
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Posted By: Norco Family Dental

Missing teeth can make life challenging––from eating and chewing food to speaking clearly and communicating confidently. At Norco Family Dental, we offer various tooth replacement options, including dental implants in Greeley. 

Many of our patients have questions about dental implants, how they work, and their benefits. Here are some common questions we get from patients and what you need to know about dental implants in Greeley, CO. 

What Is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a permanent tooth root replacement that consists of a thin titanium post, abutment piece, and replacement crown. Your dentist surgically places the implant post into the jawbone, where the bone naturally grows around the implant over time, so it becomes a part of your mouth’s anatomy. Once the jawbone and gums heal from this process known as osseointegration, your dentist can place your custom replacement crown (the visible part of the tooth). 

Does a Missing Tooth Need to Be Replaced?

Untreated tooth loss can lead to numerous oral health and functionality issues. Having missing teeth can lead to additional tooth loss, jawbone and gum shrinkage, infection, heart problems, a misaligned bite, and low self-esteem. Replacing a missing tooth can prevent all of these issues and more from occurring. Plus, you’ll be able to chew, speak, and socialize with comfort and ease again! 

What Are the Benefits of Having Dental Implants?

There are several benefits of having dental implants, but here are the main ones: 

  1. They’re permanent and mimic the natural appearance, function, and comfort of your natural teeth. 
  2. They’re easy to maintain and clean. Simply do what you do for your natural teeth, brush and floss as usual, and see your dentist for routine dental exams and cleanings. 
  3. They promote jawbone health and prevent bone loss of oral structures, maintaining your face’s shape and strength. 

How Long Does It Take for Dental Implants to Heal?

Dental implants usually take six months or less to heal, but this greatly depends on the patient’s unique anatomy and needs. Your dentist can discuss specifics regarding your case, including how long healing may take and how long your overall treatment timeline will be. 

How Do I Get Started?

Searching for "dental implants near me?" Look no further than skilled and experienced implant dentist Dr. BJ Stewart! Everyone at Norco Family Dental wants you to have your best and healthiest smile. We are here to help make your dream smile a beautiful reality so you can enjoy all life has to offer and share your pearly whites with the world. Please get in touch with us today for more information about dental implants and schedule your appointment with Dr. Stewart. 

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