Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental Implants with Prosthodontist Mark Adams, DDS
Dr. Mark Adams of ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers explains the benefits of replacing missing teeth with dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for fixed, replacement teeth. Compared to dentures, bridges and crowns, dental implants are a popular and effective long-term solution for people who suffer from missing teeth, failing teeth or chronic dental problems. Because they fit, feel and function like natural teeth, dental implants are quickly becoming the new standard in tooth replacement.
What makes dental implants feel completely comfortable and secure? ClearChoice doctors use a medical-grade titanium implant fixture that, over time, actually fuses to the living bone cells of the jaw. This union forms a strong and durable anchor for your new teeth, meaning there’s no slippage or other movement (which can sometimes happen with dentures). There are also no problems eating with dental implants, no need to repair them regularly and no more worrying about smiling freely and openly.
Dental implants typically have three parts:
1) The implant: A screw that serves as a root for your new teeth. This is what permanently attaches to your jaw.
2) The abutment: A permanent, but removable by your doctor, connector that supports and holds a tooth or set of teeth.
3) The crown (or prosthetic tooth): This is the part of the tooth that you can see. It’s usually made of zirconium or porcelain for durability and good looks.
You can use dental implants to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full upper and/or lower set of teeth. If you need to restore a full arch, you may be a perfect candidate for the all-on-four treatment. Our surgeons will place four implants and then attach a full arch of teeth, giving the procedure its name (all teeth, only four implants).
How Much Are Dental Implants?
If you’re wondering about the cost of dental implant treatment, you’re not alone. That’s often one of the biggest questions patients have at their consultation. Truth is, everyone’s circumstance is different — so the cost of dental implants does vary. The best way to get an accurate idea of what your dental implants will cost is to go in for a free consultation.
About Dr. Mark Adams
Dr. Adams earned his dental degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He furthered his studies at the University of Michigan with a Master’s degree in Prosthodontics, with an emphasis in cosmetic, implant, and reconstructive dentistry. Dr. Adams served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry from 1985 to 1986.
With more than 30 years in clinical practice, Dr. Adams is widely regarded as an expert in the field of implant dentistry, helping to train thousands of dentists across the country. He lectures extensively throughout North America on the latest innovations in implant dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and reconstructive dentistry, as well as practice management. He has authored numerous publications and video presentations.
Dr. Adams’ list of accolades includes the 2003-2004 and 2009 Top Dentists of America Award, given by the Consumers’ Research Council of America.
Contact Dr. Mark Adams
Centrum Complex, East Tower, 8200 E. Belleview Ste. 500E, Denver, CO 80111
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