At Southern Cross Dental our doctors replace teeth and restore patient smiles with dental implants. Implants are a permanent restorative option for teeth that are missing or have been extracted. They look and feel like natural teeth, and are the most permanent and efficient means of replacing lost teeth.
An implant is placed over a series of appointments because of the healing time required. Implants are titanium screws inserted through an incision in the gum. Over a period of 3-6 months, the jaw bone heals around the implant to become a solid, stable base for the new tooth. During this time a patient is fitted with a temporary crown, and a custom crown is created to match their smile perfectly.
After the jaw bone and gums have healed appropriately, the custom crown is placed in a second minor procedure. The doctor may need to expose the head of the implant by removing some gum tissue, and the crown will be screwed to the top of the implant. When this is complete the tooth looks like part of the natural smile, and with proper care will last for decades!
To learn more about dental implants and all the services provided at the practice, visit www.scdsmile.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call 719-471-1717.