Dental Implants

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What are dental implants?

In the past, the only options to replace a missing tooth were bridges and dentures. However, today, dental implants are used to replace missing teeth for a more natural-looking smile with much less maintenance.

If you are missing a tooth or teeth and are in need of a dental implant, contact our Denver office today. We would be happy to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bassett to discuss your options.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

While dental implants are used to improve the appearance of your missing tooth, they are also associated with many other benefits. These include:

  • When using implants to replace a traditional denture, you will notice an immediate improvement in speech, increased comfort, improved self-esteem since they blend right into your smile, and much easier eating. Also, since dental implants are permanent, you don’t have to worry about messy adhesives to keep them in place.
  • Unlike dental bridges, you can floss implants just like your regular teeth, and no special floss threaders or water flossers are necessary to clean them. They also do not rely on the health of other teeth to be placed, so if you lose a tooth next to an implant, it will most likely not affect it.

How is a dental implant placed? Is it painful?

The most common complaint about dental implants isn’t the pain involved – in fact, due to the technology involved with implants, they are often the least painful procedure a patient experiences in dentistry. Most people are surprised by how long it takes for an implant to take – while a bridge can be placed in two appointments spanning no more than three weeks, implants take several more steps and many months – sometimes years – to complete. Simple single tooth replacements usually take about 4-6 months total, but implant technology is changing all the time and becoming faster and more efficient.

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