Restoring a smile to complete oral health, full dental function, and natural aesthetics requires a skilled touch. Accomplished Colorado Springs dentist Donald E. Couchman, DDS offers top-quality restorations to individuals and families throughout the community. Our established practice happily provides multiple ways to restore the health and beauty of your teeth after oral health concerns are taken care of beforehand.
Whether your child has cavities or a parent requires comprehensive care with dental implants, Couchman Center for Complete Dentistry delivers the restorative work necessary to keep you and your loved ones smiling for a lifetime. Call our office today to schedule your consultation!
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Understanding Why Restorative Dental Care Matters
When you're an adult and your permanent teeth grow in, they’re the only ones you have. Although they’re strong, they endure constant strain. Our teeth are precious natural resources that require daily attention to ensure they last a lifetime, just as they’re intended to.
Without healthy, functional teeth, routine speaking and chewing can become significantly difficult, impacting everyday life. Decay from cavities, injury, or oral infections seriously threaten the health of your teeth, making restoration that much more important.
Our quality restorations promote everything from a healthy bite and preserved aesthetics to improved overall well-being and everyday quality of life.
Dr. Couchman strives to provide exceptional restorative care that safeguards teeth from further decay and prevents dental issues in the future. Each restoration is completely customized to your unique smile, ensuring a natural-looking smile is always achieved.
Our Available Treatments for Restorative Care
Our Colorado Springs dental team is proud to offer the following treatments:
Understanding the Effects of Prolonged Tooth Loss
Even one tooth missing from the smile can impact your oral health and overall well-being. Proper chewing is essential for digestion. Processing your food completely goes a long way when it comes to proper nutrition and general wellness. But, when teeth are missing, there is nothing to encourage proper digestion, and this can lead to malnutrition.
Unfortunately, the hindering effects of tooth loss do not stop there.
Prolonged gaps lead to jawbone weakening, also known as resorption. Because of the lack of stimulation to the jaw bone from improper dental function, the jaw bone begins to break down gradually.
Gaps within the smile also affect surrounding teeth as they begin to shift towards the empty site, pulling them out of essential alignment. As a result, facial features begin to shift and sag, leading to a prematurely-aged appearance and many other concerns. This can also lead to additional tooth loss.
How Can You Replace Missing Teeth?
With the many advances in today’s restorative dentistry, you have more options now than ever for replacing missing teeth. After a detailed consultation involving digital x-rays and an oral health evaluation, we may recommend one of the following:
CEREC Crowns are dental prosthetics designed to look, feel, and function like natural, healthy teeth. They work by encompassing the affected tooth, preserving its structure and protecting it from further damage, decay, or infection. Crowns can also be affixed to a dental implant for full tooth replacement.
With our in-office CEREC technology and milling machine, we can craft your life-like crown the same day you come to us for care, eliminating the need for a temporary prosthetic.
Partial Dentures are removable, natural looking appliances that help restore the form and function of your jaw while replacing one to several missing teeth. Partial dentures are often recommended when the remaining teeth in your smile are still healthy.
Complete Dentures can be removable when resting on your natural gums, or permanently affixed when attached to dental implants. They’re a highly-favorable option if all your teeth are missing or need extraction.
Complete dentures mimic the function and appeal of a full set of teeth, providing you with a comprehensive and discreet solution.
Dental Implants are considered the gold standard for replacing one to all missing teeth. Many individuals choose to complete their smile with implants because they’re the closest thing to natural teeth and can last a lifetime with proper care.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are posts consisting of body-safe titanium that serve as artificial tooth roots for teeth lost due to extraction, decay, advanced gum disease, or trauma. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone in the gaps where missing teeth once were.
When crowns, bridges, partials, and dentures are affixed to these posts, they restore missing teeth completely, from root to crown. This means that dental implants can look, function, and feel almost identical to natural teeth.
Why Else Should I Consider Dental Implants?
Dental implants are unlike any other tooth replacement available. In addition to being a highly successful and permanent solution for missing teeth, these titanium posts provide numerous benefits towards your oral health and overall well-being.
Dental implants can:
- Restore the appearance of your smile
- Improve the ability to speak and chew properly
- Encourage proper nutrition and digestion
- Provide essential stimulation needed for a healthy and dense jawbone
- Provide you with a confident smile that can last a lifetime
What Can I Expect from the Dental Implant Process?
Getting dental implants is a multifaceted process, and treatment plans will vary depending on how many procedures are necessary to achieve successful results.
Continue reading to discover what you can expect when undergoing implant treatment with Dr. Couchman.
During your initial consultation, our team will do a comprehensive dental exam, taking digital x-rays of your current dental state, and then taking impressions of your teeth. We also make sure we conduct a full review of your medical history, including any current prescriptions or supplements you’re taking.
Then, Dr. Couchman talks to you about your recommended treatment plan, going over with you in detail all the steps of the upcoming procedures, including healing time-frames and what to do during recovery. During this time, we’ll also discuss possible extraction or if a bone graft is needed to guarantee successful implant treatment.
To help ensure maximized comfort and relaxation, we offer sedation options during your procedure.
The Placement Procedure
During your procedure, Dr. Couchman utilizes his skills and advanced in-office technology to ensure precise and effective implant placement. This allows our team to better determine expectations of treatment, healing times, and levels of discomfort.
Typically, placing dental implants varies in time, depending on how many posts need to be placed. You may feel some discomfort after the procedure.
Healing & Osseointegration
A significant factor in the success of dental implants is the fusing process, also known as osseointegration. Because the body accepts the titanium implants, they fuse naturally with living gum tissues and bone.
Although this process can take several months, it is crucial for providing your restoration with a secure and long-lasting foundation. Not only that, it also helps restore essential stimulation to your jawbone.
Attaching Your Permanent Restoration
Because our practice utilizes CEREC technology to craft crowns and other quality restorations, your permanent prosthetics are affixed more quickly, allowing you to enjoy a renewed smile sooner.
Whether you need single or multiple tooth replacement, you can be sure Dr. Couchman and his team have the passion, skill, and technology to provide you with a healthy and beautiful smile.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Most individuals are good candidates for dental implants. However, you must have enough bone in your jaw to hold the implant posts in place. Although implants are designed for just about everyone, they’re not recommended for:
- Those with autoimmune diseases or take medication for these conditions
- Those who’ve had radiation therapy for the head and neck
- Individuals with uncontrolled diabetes
- Children and teens with still-developing smiles
Because dental implants fuse with gums and the underlying jaw bone, our professionals will determine if your oral health is ideal for dental implants and may recommend a bone graft in some cases to make sure implant placement is an achievable reality for you.
What is a Bone Graft, and Will I Need One?
Although the name may sound alarming, bone grafts are anything but. This procedure is necessary if your jaw bone is determined to be too soft or doesn’t have enough volume to support an implant properly.
During the procedure, our dentist may take a section of bone from another area of your body, or use a bone grafting material, and apply it into your jaw bone. After allowing the graft to bond and create enough new, strong bone during several months, we’ll invite you back in to determine if your jaw is ready for placement.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are prosthetic appliances designed to restore multiple or to up to an entire smile of missing teeth. They consist of artificial porcelain teeth that mimic the shape and translucency of natural teeth and sit permanently on a pink acrylic base. This base is also crafted to match your natural gums.
Why Choose Dentures?
Dentures are often recommended for smiles that have no or very few natural teeth remaining. These appliances also offer many benefits, such as:
- Replacing all teeth in your smile
- Restoring dental function
- Improving overall smile appearance
- Improving your speech
- Enhancing your ability to chew
What are Same-Day Crowns?
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. These crowns consist of highly-durable porcelain or ceramic materials. A significant benefit of CEREC crowns is that they are made at our Colorado Springs office, and we can craft your customized crown within a single visit.
We can ensure your new tooth fits comfortably and matches the feel, shape, and contours of your neighboring teeth using this innovative digital technology.
Why We Recommend CEREC Crowns
In addition to using the latest in dental technology to create beautiful, strong, and long-lasting prosthetics, CEREC crowns offer many benefits. These Include:
- Same-day crowns provide convenience
- CEREC allows for effortless dental restoration
- CEREC crowns can preserve more of your existing tooth
- No need for messy dental impressions
- Same-Day crowns don’t compromise quality
Why Utilizing Our Trusted Dental Lab Matters
Whether you need quick repair with fillings or require full smile rehabilitation with implant-supported dentures, we can guarantee that only the highest-quality of natural-looking materials are used for each treatment we provide.
Dr. Couchman has been working with the same trusted dental lab for over 30 years. While the materials used for your particular restorations depends on the level of damage and placement, your results will mimic the form, function, and beauty of your most ideal smile.
Protect Your Smile’s Health and Appeal Today!
With a long-standing commitment to the individual smiles of Colorado Springs, Dr. Couchman and his team are proud to provide restoration treatments designed with your needs and goals in mind.
To learn more about the many ways we can preserve your dental beauty and protect your oral health, contact Couchman Center for Complete Dentistry today!
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