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Dental Implants

Implant dentistry offers patients a way to replace missing teeth and to restore function to the mouth. For an informative article on what getting a dental implant involves, see this article on implants at Mouth Healthy, a website maintained by the American Dental Association (ADA).

Getting a Dental Implant

Dr. Albers specializes in the restorative phase of implant dentistry. We work with specialists such as oral surgeons and periodontists who actually perform the surgical procedure of placing a titanium post into a patient’s jaw. After healing, usually around 4 months, a patient comes to our office so that Dr. Albers can start the process of restoring the implant.

First, we take the custom abutment, made by a dental lab, and attach it to the implant fixture. Second, the crown is constructed. Most often this is done in-office by Dr. Albers on his E4D same day crown system. At times, such as when a patient chooses a gold crown for restoration, it will be constructed by a dental lab. Finally, Dr. Albers cements the crown on the custom abutment.

Restorations Used With Dental Implants

Often times, patients need only one or two dental implants to restore their smile and the chewing function of their teeth. The restoration of these implants with either a metal or ceramic crown is straight forward. At other times, though, implants are part of a dental appliance. Several examples include:

  • Implant Bridges – As we note at our page on dental bridges, you need to have good support structures on both sides of a bridge. If too many teeth are missing, an implant can create the strong support necessary for attaching a bridge.
  • Implant Dentures – for information on dentures in general, see our page on dentures. Some people opt for implants to help hold dentures in more securely. Sometimes, our specialists place 2-4 implants in the jaw and dentures are made to fit onto these implants. These types of dentures are removable. The second form of implant dentures involves a minimum of four implants for each denture. These dentures are attached more permanently and can only be removed by a dentist. They require a yearly appointment to be removed and cleaned at our office.

The ADA lists dental implants as one of the most important developments in dentistry in the last 40 years. We have many patients who have chosen to receive dental implants to restore both looks and function to their mouth.

 

 

Testimonials

Mark T. Albers, D.D.S.
Dear Dr. Albers: I am very thankful to God and you for your talents and the wisdom you used with my dentures. I can now crunch the tiny seeds in a strawberry! I am so grateful to know what that feels, sounds and tastes like. Not to mention chewing carrots, apples and steak. I am not afraid I will choke anymore. My teeth are beautiful and so is my smile — I have received compliments, something that hasn’t happened to me in a long, long time. You and your staff are very professional, kind, and respectful with your utmost concern for your patient’s well being. Thank you again.

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Mark T. Albers, D.D.S.
2155 Hollowbrook Drive
Suite 20
Colorado Springs, CO
80918

(719) 634-8458