At Adler Advanced Dentistry, we believe everyone deserves to have a healthy, beautiful smile. When you have missing teeth due to decay or injury, you may be less confident in showing the world your smile. Fortunately, there are options to replace missing teeth to improve the overall health of your mouth, as well as restore your smile. Dental implants provide patients with functionality and improved aesthetics for beautiful, lasting results.
Dental implants have been a part of restorative dental procedures for the last three decades. Through the years, the dental profession has seen incredible progress in all aspects of implants including placement techniques, implant materials, and the longevity and the aesthetic quality of implants. At our Boulder, CO office, Dr. Cherie Brown can help restore your smile with implants.
For more information on dental implants and to find out if this treatment is right for you, please call Adler Advanced Dentistry at 303-515-7335 today to schedule a consultation.
What Are Dental Implants?
Originally invented in Sweden, dental implants are artificial roots—made of ultra-strong titanium resembling a large screw—and are placed into the jawbone. Dental implants are for situations where a single tooth or several teeth are missing. Implants not only stabilize the restoration that sits on top of it but also stimulates bone growth around the implant.
When you have teeth that are missing it is more than an aesthetic issue. The overall health of your mouth is dependent on all of your teeth being in their correct positions for optimal jaw movement and bone health. When a tooth is missing the surrounding bone and gums are no longer stimulated by the blood supply and activity of the tooth. This can cause bone loss and gum recession which can lead to other dental issues in the future.
Missing teeth can cause negative effects, such as:
- Alignment issues with your jaw
- Issues with your bite
- Jaw bone loss
- Joint and muscle issues in your jaw
- Stress on other teeth
- Teeth shifting
Dental Implant Benefits
As highlighted above, there are many reasons why having all of your teeth is important for a healthy functioning mouth. There are multiple options to replace missing teeth but dental implants provide you with a permanent solution for a bright, beautiful smile.
The many benefits of dental implants include:
- Prevents other teeth from tilting and shifting
- Maintains an aligned, comfortable bite
- Prevents muscle and jaw joint strain from a bad bite
- Maintains your ability to chew, speak and laugh
- Eliminates the need to grind teeth for a bridge
- Eliminates need for unsightly dentures that may move or loosen over time
- Long-lasting results
- Matches color of existing teeth
The Implant Procedure
At Adler Advanced Dentistry, we use 3D technology with the NewTom VGi machine to see bone density and create a comprehensive map for the best place to insert an implant. Dental implants are then placed during a surgical procedure, directly in the jawbone and under the gums. The number of implants required depends on each person's individual situation.
The surgical site with the implants is then left (under the gums) to allow the bone to grow around the implant and osseointegrate. Four to six months after the first surgery, the implant is uncovered from under the gums. Then an "abutment" or implant post is then connected to it, and the gums are given time to heal around this abutment. About a month later, our dentist will do a final tooth restoration that is custom-made to fit onto the abutment. This final restoration could be a crown, bridge or denture.
Dental Implant Candidates
Most people who have missing teeth can be candidates for dental implants. Although there are some physiological and lifestyle factors that can affect your candidacy for receiving implants. Our implant dentist will go over your health and medical history during your consultation to determine if placing dental implants is the right procedure for you.
Candidates for implants include those who:
- Have good overall health
- Have no infections
- Have a fully-grown jaw
- Have healthy gums that are disease-free
- Have good bone density to hold implants
- Are not pregnant
- Are nonsmokers or can quit before the procedure
Contact Our Dental Implant Dentist Today
At Adler Advanced Dentistry, we believe in providing individualized care for every patient to give you a healthy, beautiful smile. Our comprehensive approach includes a commitment to ongoing training and education, using advanced technology, and state-of-the-art techniques to give you the best possible dental treatment.
If you want to learn more about dental implants and if they can help you, please contact us today at 303-515-7335 to schedule your free consultation. We proudly provide services to those who live in Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, and nearby areas of Colorado.