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 can’t even 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. Dental implants are a revolutionary reconstructive solution, and their benefits far 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, don’t hesitate to contact our office.
The secret behind dental implants is that they replicate the “root” of your tooth/teeth, which is responsible for keeping your jawbone healthy. Without it the tissue can begin to deteriorate, leading to an increased risk of additional tooth loss and a facial appearance that becomes more hunched as time passes. While traditional dentures and bridges, which only replace the crown of the tooth, don’t solve this problem, implants take reconstructive dentistry one step further by seamlessly replicating the entire structure and reinvigorating your oral health.
Once we've determined that you're a viable candidate for dental implants, your treatment begins with the surgical placement of your implant(s) into the jawbone. This process requires a few months of healing afterwards so that your new “root” can form a strong bond with the jawbone and create a solid foundation for the replacement. Many patients will also need a follow-up procedure so that abutments can be placed; these will connect the replacement teeth in to the dental implants.
Next you'll return to our office so we can attach brand-new, high-quality restorations to the implants, giving you back a complete smile that both looks and feels exceptional.
While crowns are used to replace single-tooth implants, a patient with several missing teeth may find these individual replacements too costly. Thankfully, there's an alternative option. 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!
At West Lake Dental, Dr. Maples and the rest of our team are dedicated to providing patients with the latest in dental technology and techniques, and 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.
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.