If you have experienced tooth loss, then the need to replace those teeth is critically important to your oral health, as well as your sense of confidence and self-worth. So, the only question is which tooth replacement option is best for you. There are several choices, but the one that is probably the most lifelike in both appearance and performance is a dental implant. Dr. Julie M. Gillis and her team in Grand Junction, CO, are expertly skilled and experienced at restoring smiles with natural-looking dental implants.
What is a Dental Implant?
In general terms, a dental implant is a tooth replacement that is anchored in your jawbone. More specifically, dental implants consist of two parts: the implant and the tooth restoration. When you consult with Dr. Gillis about dental implants, she will assess whether or not you have sufficient bone tissue to support an implant. This step is vital to the success of the dental implant procedure, because of the nature of the relationship between implant and bone.
Dr. Gillis works with oral surgeons and periodontists to achieve the best implant result for you. After the implant is placed in the bone beneath your missing tooth, a process called osseointegration begins. Over time, the post and bone fuse together to create a strong and stable base, much like one of your natural tooth roots. In addition, the post stimulates healthy new bone growth, thereby helping you to avoid bone deterioration that can lead to the drooping facial appearance that affects many people who are missing teeth.
Once the post is secure in the bone, Dr. Gillis will attach your new permanent crown. Custom crafted by a skilled dental ceramist, this crown will look, feel and function no differently than any of your natural teeth.
If you are missing several teeth, or if you already wear a partial or full denture, or need a bridge, dental implants can be used to firmly secure dental prosthetics in place. Dr. Gillis can use implants along an arch to support a new or existing denture or bridge. With implant support, you no longer need to worry about prosthetics that slip or click.
For Dental Implants, Palisade, Grand Junction, Fruita and Clifton calls Dr. Gillis
If you would like to learn more about how dental implants can replace your missing teeth and restore your complete smile, then call the office of Dr. Julie M. Gillis in Grand Junction, CO. We serve patients from the Western Slope of Colorado, eastern Utah and Fruita, Palisade and Orchard Mesa, CO.