Dental Implant Procedures – Lakewood, CO
Helping Patients Achieve Their Dream Smiles
Dental implants are unlike any other tooth replacement options because it restores your smile from the roots up. They are surgically placed in your jawbone to last for decades to come. However, during our initial examination of your jaw, Dr. Artino may see that you don’t have enough bone to support implants, or your sinuses are too high for the procedure. No worries—you’re not out of options! We provide various treatments to resolve these issues and help you get the best tooth replacement available. Keep reading to learn more about the dental implant procedures in Lakewood you could benefit from.
Dental implants in Lakewood have a success rate of over 90%, and a significant reason for their predictability is a process called osseointegration. When a dental implant is placed in the jawbone, it acts as an artificial tooth root. This stimulates the jawbone, allowing it to grow and fuse to the implant. The result is a strong and stable implant ready for the restoration.
However, if you’ve lost density in your jaw, you may not have enough bone for implants to be placed. Thankfully, our bone grafting in Lakewood enhances the strength and thickness of your jaw. A small piece of bone is taken from another area of your body or a donor and transferred to the area of treatment. From there, your gum tissue is stitched closed, allowing the new grafted bone to integrate with your jaw. This will take several months to heal, but it will create the strong base you need for dental implants.
If you have bone loss in the upper arch of the smile, there may not be enough bone near your sinuses to place dental implants. A sinus lift in Lakewood, which is also known as a sinus augmentation, adds bone on the upper arch near the back of the mouth. Dr. Artino can slightly open your gum tissue to lift your sinus gently and graft new bone. Lastly, your gum tissue is closed, and you will begin a healing process over the next few months.
If you have any questions, or if you want to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact our office today!