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Dental Implants Can Replace Teeth and Gum Tissue!

In 1952, a Swedish Professor, Ingvar Branemark had a lucky accident.  He discovered that titanium bonded irreversibly to living bone tissue. Titanium was placed into jaw bones to study growth and the bone grew around them – this is the process of osseointegration.   The first practical application of osseointegration was the implantation of new titanium roots in 1965. Dental implants were born!

Patient smiling prior to tooth replacement with dental implants

Improved smile utilizing dental implants that replace teeth and gums


Tooth implants or dental implants are usually in two parts, the biocompatible part within the jaw bone which acts like the root of a tooth, and a custom-made tooth crown which is attached to it.

Dental implants can anchor dentures or replace the form and function of only one tooth up to an entire mouthful  of teeth.  And, because they are anchored into the bone like the roots of your teeth, dental implants act like natural teeth and preserve and strengthen the underlying bone.  This helps avoid the otherwise inevitable bone loss which occurs when naturat teeth are lost.

Implant supported dentures behave more like natural teeth because there is less movement of teeth which helps to minimize gum sores and improves efficiency with chewing.  There are decreased problems with bone loss and often improved speaking.

Dental implants and healing caps show the extent of tissue lost by our patient

Our patient was pleased that the defect was nicely filled with porcelain gum tissue and crowns over the dental implants


Because patients needing dental implants have often lost their teeth due to trauma or because of periodontal disease and bone loss, there is often a need to duplicate gum tissue as well as teeth so that the final teeth do not appear too large. Our office works closely with dental specialists such as oral surgeons and periodontists to assure that you receive the best result for your particular situation.  Not only that, but our dental lab is highly trained in restoring dental implants to ideal function, health, and aesthetics!

If you would like more information our office would be happy to help! Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.  Please visit us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/juliegillisddspc) or call us if you have any questions or concerns.  You can also email our office at jmgdds@qwestoffice.net for further information.

The goal - a happy healthy patient!

This information and patient photos shared with you by Julie Gillis, DDS PC .  We feel that your dental health is the top priority, and if we can make your smile more attractive while improving your health that is wonderful! Dr. Gillis practices restorative and cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, tooth whitening, dental implants, crowns, bridges and periodontal care in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Our office website is www.juliegillisds.com.  For further information, please contact us at (970) 242-3635.

Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.  Please visit us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/juliegillisddspc) or call or email us if you have any questions or concerns.

Restoring Smiles – Restoring Health

Julie Gillis DDS