Covid-19 Update

April 24, 2020

We are excited to announce that we will re-open for dental care starting Wednesday, April 28th! Governor Polis announced that our state is transitioning from the “Stay at Home Order” to a “Safer at Home Order”. Earlier this week Larimer County also approved dental offices to re-open as long as pre-cautionary measure have been implemented. We have implemented their recommendations as well as our own procedures to keep everyone healthy. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your health and safety! Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and this is one area where we are constantly making improvements.  Besides our infection control procedures we have made several other office changes to keep you safe. We understand that some of you may want to delay or reschedule your appointments and we are happy to do this for you. Please give us a call and we will find a time that is convenient. With our additional safety procedures in place and your cooperation we feel that we can provide great care in a safe environment.

 Firstly, how we schedule patients has changed. We are staggering the schedule to limit the number of people in the office as well as to promote social distancing. Of the 5 treatment rooms we have, we are currently only using 3 to increase the distance between everyone. In the reception area we have spaced our chairs out, leaving 6 feet between them. You may notice that this area will no longer have magazines, coffee, or bottled water since these items are difficult to clean and disinfect. When checking out we have taped blue squares on the carpet letting everyone know where to stand. This will help keep both other patients and employees a safe distance apart. In between appointments we are using hospital grade disinfectant to clean all surfaces in both our treatment rooms as well as in the front office, bathrooms and reception area, and these areas are being disinfected on the hour.  

Full Arch Restoration with All-on-4 Implants

There are several replacement options for replacing an arch of teeth. The most comfortable and similar options to having your natural teeth include dental implants which have teeth that screw down to the implants. With this option, the teeth do not come in and out of your mouth, they feel the most natural and allow your diet to remain the same as if you had your teeth. Dr. Andy Maples can replace your missing teeth using the advanced All-on-4 dental implants method. There are two materials in which the teeth can be made, with the first being a porcelain-like material named Zirconia. The second option involves a combination of acrylic and plastic.

All-on-4 or All-On-5 Options

The number of implants required to support these teeth depends on which material you would like your final teeth made of as well as how much bone you have available. The Zirconia (porcelain-like teeth) require at least 5 implants per arch, and the combination of plastic and acrylic require 4 implants per arch.

Both options involve a healing period of four months, once the implants have been placed. This allows the bone to grow around the implants creating a stable foundation for your future teeth. During the healing period, you will have temporary teeth which also attach to the implants so you will never be without your smile. A soft diet is very important during this healing period as to not overload the implants. After the healing period is complete the process begins to start designing your final teeth. This process takes a series of six appointments in which you will have some feedback on the final design of your teeth.

Towards the end of the design process of your new teeth, you will have a new set of temporaries made so you can feel and see what your smile will look like. After a trail period in which you ensure everything is comfortable and exceeds your expectations then we make your final teeth.

How Can I Get Started With All-on-4 Dental Implants?

Although this process seems pretty straightforward there are many steps involved and spending the time up front with you to answer any questions or concerns is very important to us! There are advantages and disadvantages of both options and we are more than happy to discuss them with you.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Please give us a call at West Lake Dental at (970) 658 -2174 to schedule a consultation with Loveland dentist, Dr. Andy to see if this is an option for you!

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West Lake Dental

At West Lake Dental in Loveland, CO, Andy Maples, DDS, and his team provide excellent dental care to patients of all ages. Whether your dental needs are routine or advanced, we can serve you at our comfortable, inviting office. Dr. Maples is affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Colorado Dental Association
  • The International Congress of Oral Implantology
  • The Misch International Implant Institute

We invite you to schedule an appointment today by contacting us online or calling (970) 669-1444.

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