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 303-449-1119 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.
Before and After
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
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are one of the longest-lasting ways to restore missing teeth or badly damaged teeth. With regular brushing and flossing, the implant post often lasts a lifetime. However, the crown and abutment (which holds the crown and implant post together) are more susceptible to wear and tear.
You can typically expect to replace your crowns every 10 to 15 years. Scheduling regular dental checkups every six months ensures our providers can catch early signs of damage to your dental restorations.
Do Dental Implants Get Cavities?
One big benefit of dental implants is that they aren’t susceptible to decay like natural teeth. When you get a traditional dental crown, the bottom of the tooth is preserved and is still vulnerable to decay. However, dental implants (and the crowns that cover them) are made entirely of durable artificial materials, and there isn’t an underlying tooth that can get cavities.
How Do I Care for My Dental Implants?
You won’t need any special products to clean your dental implants. Properly caring for this type of restoration is as simple as maintaining good oral hygiene through daily brushing and flossing. These habits can also help extend the life of your implant crown.
While implants can’t get cavities, maintaining your gum health is essential to extending the life of your dental work. In addition to flossing, regular dental cleanings can help prevent plaque buildup. If you are prone to clenching or grinding your teeth, you might also wear a custom night guard to protect your dental implants.
Can Dental Implants Replace Dentures?
At Alder Advanced Dentistry, many of our patients who had dentures choose to switch to dental implants. Implants are a secure, no-fuss solution if you’re frustrated by slippage or the daily cleaning process that comes with dentures.
Replacing dentures with dental implants can seem like a big undertaking, but our patients typically report a significant increase in their quality of life after making the switch. Dental implants allow you to eat your favorite foods without worrying about your teeth slipping or clicking. Implants look and feel like natural teeth, so you won’t have to deal with the raw gums dentures can cause.
Can Dental Implants Preserve Your Jawbone?
Your tooth roots don’t just hold your teeth in place – they also stimulate your jawbone. When you lose a tooth, the bone isn’t stimulated anymore, and you start to lose density. Over time, this bone loss can lead to issues with your remaining teeth and a sunken appearance of the lower half of your face.
In addition to giving you a stunning smile, dental implants can prevent bone loss. The implant rod serves the same purpose as natural tooth roots. It stabilizes your teeth and signals to the body that your jawbone is still hard at work and needs nutrients.
How Many Dental Implants Do I Need?
When it comes to dental implants, it’s not always a one-to-one restoration. Each tooth you see doesn’t necessarily have an implant post. If you need a row of several teeth replaced or a complete restoration, just a few implants may be used to anchor your teeth. For example, a four-tooth bridge can replace a row with as little as two implants.
Contact Our Boulder 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 online or by phone at 303-449-1119 to schedule your free consultation. We proudly provide services to those who live in Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, and nearby areas of Colorado.