General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentists Serving Brighton, Thornton, Commerce City, Fort Lupton & Nearby Colorado
If you are missing one tooth or several teeth, dental implants are a great way to restore strength, beauty and functionality to your smile. Dental implants optimize your ability to chew, eat and speak by mimicking the natural structure of your tooth’s root.
There’s no need to drive for miles to find a dentist who can perform dental implant surgery: The entire implant procedure can be performed at our Brighton office by a highly skilled and experienced dentist.
On this page, you will find a wealth of information about dental implants, including:
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a strong, long-lasting tooth-replacement option that looks and functions like a natural tooth. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth. They can also be used as anchors to support a dental bridge or complete a denture.
Dental implants stand out from other tooth restoration options because of how they work. The implant itself is titanium and placed in the bone beneath your gums to serve as a replacement tooth root. A dental crown is then placed above the gum line to serve as the tooth replacement.
Dental implants typically comprise three main elements:
- Implant: the titanium replacement tooth-root
- Abutment: connecting device used to attach the crown to the implant
- Crown or denture: the tooth replacement option which rests above the gum line
Benefits Of Dental Implants
The most distinct advantage of dental implants is that they are the most long-lasting solution for tooth replacement available. After being inserted directly into your jaw, your implant will eventually become a part of your jawbone. This provides a solid foundation for your dental restoration, but it also prevents the risk of jaw deterioration or collapse.
Your body uses signals from your tooth root to identify where bone is needed in your jaw. When a tooth is lost, the root is also lost, along with these signals. Dental implants act as a new tooth root, continuing these signals and preserving your facial structure.
Other benefits of dental implants include:
- Easy maintenance: Other tooth replacement options can require inconvenient cleaning maintenance. Dental implants, on the other hand, are cared for in the same way you care for all of your teeth, requiring no special activities or precautions. Simply brush at least twice a day, floss daily and continue to see your dentist every six months for routine check-ups.
- Strength: Dental implants are crafted from durable materials: titanium and dental porcelain or zirconium. When implants are placed deep within your jawbone, they are remarkably strong and long-lasting. With proper dental hygiene, your implant can last for the rest of your life.
- Integration: In a process called osseointegration, your jaw’s bone tissue grows around the implant and fuses with it for a seamless integration.
- Comfort and convenience: The implant feels and functions like a natural tooth, no need for messy denture adhesives or partial dentures with clasps. You also won’t need to worry about increased sensitivity or tooth decay.
- Beauty: Implant crowns, bridges and dentures can be made from beautiful, all ceramic, or zirconium materials to provide attractive, natural-looking results.
- Reliability: Dental implants have a success rate of 95% to 98%.
Why Replace A Missing Tooth?
Beyond being a source of possible embarrassment, a missing tooth can lead to a variety of problems that can affect your oral health and general well-being. If you choose to postpone your tooth replacement, it’s important to be aware of the risks you are taking. Hopefully, this knowledge will encourage you to take appropriate action; delaying treatment could have serious consequences, such as:
- Remaining teeth can shift, creating alignment issues that may require orthodontic work.
- An opposing tooth may descend into the open space, causing your jaw and bite to fall out of alignment, leading to TMJ problems.
- Added stress is placed on remaining teeth, making them more prone to fractures.
- Even within one year, your jawbone could slowly diminish to fill the void left by the missing tooth, potentially requiring a bone graft to restore your jaw line.
- Remaining teeth are prone to gum recession.
- Research has found a correlation between missing teeth and a heightened risk of heart disease.
Am I A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?
Dental implants are excellent tooth-replacement options, but they are not always appropriate in every situation; it’s essential to visit with our dentist to undergo a thorough examination and candidacy evaluation. Your health and safety are always our top priorities, and we will never recommend a procedure that isn’t right for your needs and physical characteristics.
The requirements for successful implant treatment are relatively few. In fact, the majority of patients seeking dental implants are viable candidates. Generally speaking, you may be a good candidate for dental implants if you:
- Have a fully grown, matured jaw
- Don’t smoke
- Are not pregnant
- Do not grind your teeth
- Do not have gum disease
- Have the necessary bone density to support an implant
- Are in generally good health with no active infections
It’s important to note that just because you may have one of the conditions listed above, you are not necessarily excluded from candidacy for dental implants. You may simply need to address one of these issues prior to treatment. For example, you may need a bone graft to achieve adequate bone density or you may need to undergo periodontal treatment to correct gum disease.
The best way to determine if a dental implant is right for you is to meet personally with one of our experienced dentists. We will assess your candidacy as well as explain all of your other tooth replacement options to ensure you make an informed decision that best matches your needs, budget and lifestyle.
The Dental Implant Process
The initial placement of your dental implant can be completed in a single office visit. However, the entire process can take several months and followup visits to complete.
Typically, the timeline for the dental implant process is:
- The implant is surgically placed in your jaw at our Brighton office.
- Up to six months may be needed for your jaw bone to fuse with the implant in a process called osseointegration.
- The implant is successfully fused to your jaw.
- You will return to our office for the placement of a temporary crown.
- You will return to our office to have your temporary crown removed and your permanent crown placed. Your permanent crown will be custom-crafted to the ideal shape, size and color to blend seamlessly with your natural smile.
This timeline could be extended by several months if you require bone grafting or gum disease treatment. Based on your unique set of circumstances, our dentist will provide you with an accurate timeline and explain what you can expect.
All-On-Four Dental Implants
The All-on-4 process involves using four dental implants to support a full set of replacement teeth. Even if you lack sufficient bone structure for traditional dental implants, you may still be able to achieve successful results with the All-on-4 procedure. Because the rearmost implants are placed at an angle to maximize your existing bone structure, they can often support replacement teeth without the need for bone grafts.
There are a number of benefits to choosing the All-on-4 procedure, including:
- Durable, long-lasting results
- Eliminates many of the hassles associated with removable devices such as dentures
- You can still enjoy all of your favorite foods
- Daily oral hygiene is easy
- May eliminate the need for a bone graft if you lack adequate bone density to support a traditional implant
- Implants and beautiful replacement teeth can be placed in a single office visit, allowing you to immediately leave our Brighton facility with your new, intact smile
In addition to being a permanent solution for missing teeth, dental implants are often used to secure a dental bridge or to hold dentures securely in place. Regardless of their application, dental implants provide a reliable and long-lasting solution for the dental restoration of function, beauty and strength.
Implant supported dentures provide greater stability than regular adhesive-secured dentures, and are better for retaining the shape of your jaw. Full dentures clip onto small bars that run the length of your jaw. Partial dentures are fastened with a ball and socket set up.
Implant-supported dentures are an ideal way to restore control, comfort and confidence, but they are not always right for everyone. When you visit our office, one of our highly-trained dentists will thoroughly examine your oral structure and carefully explain all of your options, so that together, you can find the best solution that meets your goals, budget and lifestyle.
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