Dental Implants – Lakewood, CO
Permanent, Natural-Looking Tooth Replacement
Millions of Americans have to deal with missing teeth every day, causing them to limit their diet, choose their words carefully, and think twice before smiling. If this includes you, know that there is a definitive way to get your complete smile back: dental implants. These restorations look natural and can be trusted to replace any number of missing teeth for a lifetime, and now, they’re available right at Lakewood Complete Dentistry, dental office home. To learn more and start rebuilding your smile, contact us today.
Why Choose Lakewood Complete Dentistry for Dental Implants
- Entire procedure performed all under one roof
- Can replace any number of missing teeth for a lifetime
- Custom-made restorations for every unique smile
Benefits of Dental Implants
What makes dental implants so special compared to traditional bridges and dentures? Pretty much everything!
For one, implants are the only treatment that can replace an entire tooth both above and below the gum line. A prosthetic titanium root is placed directly into the bone to provide a firm foundation for a new tooth. This not only makes the tooth extremely stable, but it also won’t put stress on the surrounding teeth and gums like other restorations. Implants also provide internal support for the jawbone, helping to avoid bone loss that is so common after the loss of a tooth.
When it comes to aesthetics and functionality, dental implants are simply in a class of their own. They are built just like real teeth, so they look, act, and even feel like real teeth as well. Plus, they are extremely reliable. Implants have a 98% success rate, and with simple brushing and flossing, they are one of the longest lasting options available today!
How Dental Implants Replace Missing Teeth
Dental implants are actually quite a versatile treatment, able to replace single, multiple, and even an entire set of teeth using a variety of custom-made restorations:
Missing One Tooth
A crown can be directly attached to an implant root using a small connector called an abutment. The crown will be color-matched to a patient’s smile, able to stand firm on its own, and function just like the teeth that surround it. In the end, only you and your dentist will know that it is not real!
Missing Multiple Teeth
Dental implants can also be used to support a bridge to fill in the gap left by consecutive missing teeth. Two crowns are placed on either side of the missing ones, and these are bonded to additional prosthetic teeth that close the space.
Missing All of Your Teeth
Whether you need a new denture or want to upgrade your current one that doesn’t fit very well, dental implants can help you do it. Implant-retained dentures are secured directly to the jawbone so they are much less likely to move unexpectedly in the mouth compared to removable dentures. Plus, with the patented All-on-4 procedure, we can even replace an entire row of teeth in just one well-planned appointment.
Start to Finish Convenience
The entire implant procedure can be broken up into two main phases: placement and restoration. First, the new roots are surgically positioned within the jaw, and after a patient has been given time to heal, the new teeth are attached to them. Most other dental offices will refer you out for the first part of the process, but at Lakewood Complete Dentistry, we can do everything under one roof. In the end, this will save you time, money, and give you the peace of mind of working with the same implant dentist and team from start to finish.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Due to their unmatched aesthetic and functional benefits, dental implants tend to cost more upfront than traditional bridges and dentures, but are they worth it? First, it should be noted that the cost of an implant procedure can vary quite a bit from person to person depending on their particular needs, but in most cases, they are by far the wisest investment when it comes to replacing missing teeth.
Why? It’s mostly due to implants’ durability. Other replacement options typically require periodic maintenance and need to be completely replaced every 7-10 years, while implants can last for 30 years or more with only consistent brushing and flossing. Over the course of a patient’s life, this can add up to thousands of dollars in savings as well as many fewer hours spent in the dental chair. And, we can also use dental and/or health insurance benefits and even finance the cost of implants to ensure the treatment fits easily into anyone’s budget.
Dental Implant FAQs
If you’re preparing for dental implants in Lakewood, it’s likely you have some questions. Dr. Vinnie and his team want to make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed, confident decision about your dental care. This is why we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions for you to review. We’re aware that you’ll probably have some additional ones you’ll want to ask during your consultation, so don’t be afraid to bring them with you.
Will I need a referral to have my implants placed?
Your dentist in Lakewood wants your experience to be as convenient and comfortable as possible, so instead of referring you to someone outside his office, he will bring in an outside specialist. While it can depend on availability, he and his team want to make it a seamless process for you. Not only will this save you time and money, but it will also give you greater confidence knowing the team who will be working on your dental implant placement.
How long do dental implants last?
With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last decades or even a lifetime. However, much of this depends on how well you take care of your custom restorations. The success rate for implant placement is extremely high, but it is important that you take certain measures to ensure the longevity of your new smile. Some of these include:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Flossing after every meal
- Rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash
- Maintaining your regular six-month dental appointments
How do I know if I’m a good candidate for dental implants?
One of the key aspects of being able to receive dental implants is having a strong jawbone, as it serves as the foundation for your implant and restoration. It’s also important that your oral health is in good shape, too, especially since gum disease and tooth decay can negatively impact your dental implant.
When discussing with Dr. Vinnie during your initial consultation, you can expect him to examine and use the following information to determine if you’re a qualified candidate:
- State of your oral health (i.e. do you have gum disease or tooth decay?)
- Jawbone density
- Any lifestyle habits that could hurt the success of your implant placement (i.e. smoking)
- Your overall health (i.e. diabetes, an autoimmune disorder) and if it could be problematic for dental implants
Should he discover problems during your consultation, he will suggest methods of treatment before having implants placed. If necessary, you might need a bone graft or sinus lift to create extra bone support.
How much do dental implants cost?
No two patients are alike, so you cannot expect to pay the same as someone else. With Dr. Vinnie, it is about achieving the best results possible, which means partnering with the best specialists and dental labs to ensure you’re happy with your implants.
When creating an estimate for you to review, he will incorporate the following factors:
- Any necessary dental work that must be completed prior to implant placement
- The number of dental implants you’ll need to have placed
- The location of the implants
- Initial consultation