A missing tooth has more than an impact on the form and function of your smile: it can lead to serious oral health issues.
At West Lake Dental in Loveland, CO, Dr. Andy Maples provides dental implants as a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth.
Learn why implants are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement...
Dental Implants Help Support Your Health
Made of titanium, dental implants act as artificial tooth roots. However, they do more than support your natural teeth: they also stimulate the bone tissue in your jawbone, keeping your smile healthy and strong. When you lose a tooth, the lack of stimulation causes the bone tissue to begin to deteriorate. If bone loss is allowed to continue, it can cause adjacent teeth to begin to shift. This can lead to an increased risk of additional tooth loss. Another negative consequence of a compromised jawbone is that your face will begin to appear sunken, making you look older than you actually are.
Traditional dentures and bridges only replace the crown of the tooth and do not provide a solution to bone loss. Implants take reconstructive dentistry one step further by seamlessly replicating the entire structure of your natural teeth to reinvigorate your oral health.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Bone Density in Your Jaw
If you have lived with a missing tooth or teeth for a long time, the bone tissue in your jaw may be too compromised to support dental implants. If this is the case, Dr. Maples can perform a bone grafting procedure to replace lost tissue and encourage new growth in order to help restore your candidacy.
It is no secret: smoking is detrimental to both your dental and overall health in a number of ways. Smoking weakens your immune system and in doing so, inhibits your body's ability to heal. It also can increase the risk of implant failure. If you are interested in restoring your smile with implants, you will need to quit for good several months in advance of surgery.
Periodontal disease will require treatment before you can receive dental implants. Healthy gums are essential to provide the stable base necessary for an implant-supported restoration.
The risks of surgery can increase for patients with diabetes and other autoimmune disorders. However, patients with controlled diabetes can expect to experience success rates on par with those who do not have diabetes.
What To Expect
Dental Implant Treatment Process
Once we have determined that you are a viable candidate for implants, your treatment will begin with the surgical placement of the implant or implants into your jawbone. During the healing process, the titanium base of the implant will fuse with the bone tissue in your jaw in a process called osseointegration. It typically takes several months to form a strong bond with the jawbone in order to create a solid foundation for the replacement teeth or tooth.
After the initial healing phase, the doctor will place abutments to the dental implant or implants during a follow-up procedure. These abutments will then attach to your new replacement crown, bridge, or denture. During the second healing period, your gums will heal around the abutments.
Once you have healed from the second procedure, you will return to our Loveland, CO, office where Dr. Maples will attach your crown, bridge, or denture.
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Replace Missing Teeth With Dental Implants
Tooth loss can be a traumatic event for patients – not just because of damaged oral health, but also because of the blow it deals to confidence and self-esteem. Many people are reluctant to share their smiles due to the embarrassment they feel. At West Lake Dental in Loveland, CO, we want to help you overcome this problem as quickly and seamlessly as possible.
Whether you need to replace a single tooth with an implant-supported crown or an entire arch with a full denture, dental implants are a revolutionary reconstructive solution. The benefits of implants often outweigh those of more traditional treatments. Better yet, Loveland dentist, Dr. Andy Maples can work with you through the entire process, from consultation and placement to restoration – no outside specialists required!
If you think dental implants might be the right choice for you, schedule an appointment by contacting our office online or by calling (970) 669-1444 today.
While crowns are used to restore single-tooth implants, a patient with several missing teeth may find these individual replacements too costly. Thankfully, there's an alternative solution. By placing a small number of implants at strategic positions along the jawbone, they can support an implant-retained full or partial denture or bridge that provides the same valuable health and cosmetic benefits as individual crowns. Both permanent and removable options are available.
Advanced Cone Beam System
At West Lake Dental, Dr. Maples and the rest of his team are dedicated to serving patients with the latest in dental technology and techniques. Our cone beam system is an important part of that goal. This state-of-the-art machine allows us to clearly view the relationship between your jawbone and major structures such as nerves and sinuses, which is crucial when it comes to placing implants. It also allows us to find hidden bone that might allow for placement without having to perform a bone graft procedure. These functions will make your surgical procedure more precise and safer than ever before.
Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation
Are you ready to have your smile revitalized? We look forward to helping you. Contact West Lake Dental today if you have any questions about our reconstructive services or if you're ready to schedule a consultation so that we can determine whether dental implants are the right choice for you.