Dental Implants Specialist

Dutch Creek Dental

Mihai Itoafa, DMD

General Dentistry located in Littleton, CO

A missing tooth doesn’t have to stay missing forever, but with dental implants, they can offer a sturdy teeth replacement option. Mihai Itoafa, DMD, at Dutch Creek Dental in Littleton, Colorado offers dental implants to help restore your smile. To find out how dental implants can help your smile, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are state-of-the-art tooth root replacements. Because they are permanent, there’s no need for removing your replacement tooth or teeth and no worries of food getting under them.

What is the dental implant procedure?

Before getting your dental implants, Dr. Itoafa takes an impression of your teeth and uses those impressions to create your prosthetic tooth or teeth. During your procedure, you’ll receive numbing injections so you won’t feel any discomfort. 

Dr. Itoafa numbs your jaw and secures a metal post into your jawbone. Afterward, you must wait three to six months for your jawbone to fully fuse around your implant. 

Once the implant has fully fused, you’ll return to Dutch Creek Dental to be fitted with your new crown or dentures. Since they are attached directly to your implant, they are sturdy enough so you don’t have to worry about eating your favorite foods or your prosthetic shifting in your mouth. 

Does getting dental implants hurt?

Your mouth will be numb for the placement of the implant, but in the days after the procedure, you’ll likely notice mild aching, slight swelling, or redness around your gums. The pain usually goes away within a few days. If you notice throbbing pain after the procedure, contact Dr. Itoafa right away.

How do I take care of dental implants?

Your normal routine of brushing and flossing will keep your dental implant healthy. Make sure to visit Dr. Itoafa regularly to check on the condition of your implant. Other ways to care for your new implant include:

  • Avoid chewing hard foods like ice or hard candy
  • Quit smoking
  • Keep gums healthy

Choosing a dental implant improves the appearance of your smile, helps your speech and improves your chewing. 

Call the office or schedule an appointment online to for a consultation with Dr. Itoafa at Dutch Creek Dental.