Dental Implants – Denver, CO
Replacing Missing Teeth Once and For All
Losing one or more teeth can be a devastating event, both for your overall oral health and your once-confident smile. Here in Denver, our dedicated team at Pearl Dentistry offers several rejuvenating solutions for this serious issue, but above all else, we strongly recommend that patients consider dental implants. Unlike traditional bridges and dentures, implants are revolutionary in their ability to perfectly mimic natural teeth, and you’ll be amazed by how seamless the final results are. Contact our Lower Highlands neighborhood dental office in Denver today to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Jayme Glamm or Dr. Stefanie Walker!
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer a wide range of benefits that cannot be achieved with any other type of restoration, such as:
- Improved smile aesthetics
- Greater confidence
- No way for your implants to decay
- An easy to clean restoration
- A restoration that can last 30+ years with proper care
- Improved functionality when eating, chewing, and speaking
- Enhanced stability because of surgical placement
- Improved oral health because of continued jawbone stimulation
Indications for Dental Implants
Dental implants offer great versatility when treating patients with missing teeth. You can have them placed whether you’ve lost one, multiple, or all your teeth.
Missing a Single Tooth
A single tooth implant requires a titanium post, metal abutment, and customized dental restoration that sits on top of the implant. No healthy teeth are altered because the implant is placed into the exact socket of the missing tooth, allowing the implant to stimulate the jawbone and restore the entire tooth structure from the root up.
Missing Multiple Teeth
An implant bridge can be created to bridge the gap in your smile. When one or more consecutive teeth are missing in a row, we can place two implants into your jawbone before placing a customized bridge on top of the implants, allowing your oral health to improve and overall aesthetic to be complete.
Missing All Teeth
If you think dentures are the only way to replace all your teeth, guess again. We can provide an implant-retained denture that looks and feels just like your regular teeth only you won’t need to worry about buying dental adhesive to keep it in place. With 4 or 6 implants, you can enjoy a fully functional, more stable smile for years to come.
Partnering with Local Specialists for Implant Placement
Once it’s been determined that you’re a good candidate for implants, the first step of the process will be their surgical placement within the jawbone. Dr. Glamm and Dr. Walker can recommend you to a trusted nearby specialist for this portion of your care. Then, once your mouth has had enough time to properly heal from the procedure, you’ll return to Pearl Dentistry so that we can design and place brand-new, customized restorations. If you’re having individual implants placed, we use single crowns that our in-office technician crafts from high-quality porcelain and ceramic materials.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
It is no secret that dental implants are more costly than their restorative counterparts, but they possess great cost-effectiveness because of their longevity. While many people must go every 5-8 years to have their dentures replaced, the actual implant can last a lifetime.
During your initial consultation, we will go over the cost estimate of your treatment, so you can begin to determine how best to pay for your procedure. It is unlikely that your dental insurance will pay for the placement, but you may be surprised by other aspects that may be covered, including:
All of these, as well as the location of your implants and the number you will need, will be considered when formulating your individual estimate.
Caring for Dental Implants
One great benefit that entices patients to choose dental implants over traditional restorations is the fact that they can last up to four times longer! The key to extending the lifespan of implants is to take good care of them and avoid oral health problems. You can do this by practicing good oral hygiene at home, visiting our office every six months for a checkup and cleaning, and protecting your replacement teeth from grinding.
Dental Implant FAQs
Are you debating about getting dental implants in Denver, but aren’t certain if they’re the best choice for you? We’ve answered some common questions that we receive from our patients below so you can make a confident and informed choice to get the latest tooth replacement solution.
Does dental implant surgery hurt?
At Pearl Dentistry in the Highlands, we partner with highly skilled local oral surgeons for dental implant placement. Before the surgery even begins, they’ll use local anesthesia to ensure that you remain completely numb and can’t feel a thing. If it’s your first time having surgery, we can walk you through the procedure so you know exactly what to expect and answer any questions you may have. Our goal is to remain by your side throughout every step of the way so you always have someone to turn to in case you have any concerns.
How long do implants last?
Research has shown that with the proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last for up to 35 years, which is several times longer than the average lifespan of traditional restorations like dentures. That means that you’ll have to spend less time at our office and get to spend more time enjoying your beautiful new teeth! Here are some maintenance tips to increase the lifespan of your implants:
- Brush twice each day and floss and rinse with antibacterial mouthwash at least once every day.
- Visit our office every six months for a checkup and cleaning.
- Maintain a nutritious diet.
- Contact our office if you experience any out-of-the-ordinary symptoms.
- Quit bad oral habits like tobacco use.
What makes a good candidate for dental implants?
The ideal candidate for dental implants has good oral and general health, a strong jawbone that can support the implants, and don’t suffer from any autoimmune disorders. Before some patients are good candidates for dental implant surgery, they may need preparatory procedures such as a bone graft, sinus lift, or periodontal therapy. After the healing period for these treatments is over, their surgery can be scheduled. It’s just important that your gums and oral structure are healthy before your implants go in your mouth, because these are the foundation for your replacement teeth. Without good oral health, it could increase your risk of experiencing dental implant failure down the road.
What can I expect after dental implant surgery?
Every dental implant surgery recovery process is different and varies based on several factors, including how many implants you had placed. However, most of our patients report being able to return back to their regular schedule after a day or two of healing. After your surgery, it’s important that you don’t disturb the wound so your gums have a chance to heal around your implants. Here are some recovery tips for a fast healing time:
- Place a cold compress on any area to bring down swelling.
- Maintain a soft diet.
- Continue good oral hygiene habits to prevent infection. Rinse with warm salt water regularly (at least 4-5 times every day), and continue brushing your teeth and gums, just be gentle.
- While you’re healing, keep physical activity to a minimum.