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Dental Implants - Greeley, CO

Restore Missing Teeth, Improve Your Daily Life

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When it comes to rebuilding lost teeth, there is no other option as durable, as aesthetically pleasing, and as beneficial to your oral health as dental implants. Implants stand alone because of their comprehensive structure – they recreate every part of the natural tooth, not just the white crown that makes up your smile.

Here at our dental office, patients can look forward to undergoing every stage of this transformative treatment with Dr. Cure and Dr. Smith’s experienced guidance. Both dentists work in a collaborative fashion to ensure reliable and long-lasting success. Please contact us today to schedule your initial consultation to discuss dental implants in Greeley, CO.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Once your implant has fully integrated with your current bone, you can expect your tooth replacement to last for an incredibly long time. On average, dental implants last anywhere from 25 years to a lifetime when properly maintained. Even after a 10-year period, they carry a success rate as high as 95 percent and higher!

Furthermore, dental implants are not only meant to look natural, but feel natural as well. There’s no worry if whether your implants will stay in place when you chew your favorite foods. Steak, apples, nuts, corn on the cob, you name it; dental implants feel as natural to use as your original teeth!

Finally, dental implants require no special care in order to keep healthy. As long as you practice daily at-home care and visit our dental office for routine checkups and cleanings, expect your implants and gum tissue to stay healthy for many years after your surgery.

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Dental Implant Placement

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Once our team has determined that a patient’s situation is compatible with dental implants, the first major step of the treatment process is to surgically insert them into the jawbone. By doing so, the implants can function as new “roots,” which stimulate the jawbone and provide a foundation for attractive, functional restorations. While many dental offices have to refer their patients to outside specialists for this portion of care, Dr. Smith’s advanced training in implantology allows us to keep patients here in-office for maximum convenience and comfort.

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Indications for Dental Implants

Dental implants are considered to be one of the most versatile solutions for tooth loss. Those missing one tooth, multiple teeth or all of their teeth can benefit from their use. Here’s how!

Missing Single Tooth

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If you have lost a single tooth, an implant-retained crown can recreate the structure without threatening the health of natural teeth that are nearby. A porcelain crown is utilized to make your replacement look as natural as possible.

Missing Multiple Teeth

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Alternatively, consecutive missing teeth can be rebuilt with an implant-retained dental bridge, which is anchored in place over two implants positioned on either side of the gap.

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Missing All Teeth

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Many patients who have experienced serious tooth loss incorrectly believe that dental implants are out of reach for them – but this isn’t necessarily true! Instead of replacing each missing tooth with a single dental implant, our dental office can pair a small number of strategic implants with a custom-fit denture instead. These prosthetics will lock into place over the implants for a sturdy, seamless fit. We can make the smile addition permanent or allow patients removability like a traditional denture – it will be your choice.

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Mini Dental Implants

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While most patients can successfully receive dental implants, a certain amount of healthy jawbone density is required for the procedure. If you’ve been without your natural teeth for a significant number of years, the tissue may have unfortunately deteriorated past this point. Thankfully, Dr. Smith and Dr. Cure offer an alternative – mini dental implants. Like the name implies, mini implants are simply a more diminutive version of traditional implants that can be placed in areas with shallower bone tissue. They will support most types of replacement teeth, including dentures.

All-On-4 Dental Implants

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All-on-4 dental implant restoration may be ideal for patients who are missing an entire row of upper or lower teeth. You will only need four placed implants, which are angled at strategic positions within the jawbone to provide optimal support. Better yet, the All-on-4 denture can be placed over the implants immediately after their surgical insertion, which means you won’t have to spend any time without your full, confident smile! This temporary version will be replaced with a permanent prosthetic after the patient’s mouth has fully healed from the initial surgery.

Cost of Dental Implants

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Because dental implants are a highly customizable treatment, the overall cost of your placement and restoration will largely vary. Costs are typically determined by the number of implants you’re having placed, the type of restoration you choose and the preparatory treatments needed to make implants possible. If you need a bone graft to be eligible for implants and don’t want to settle for mini-implants, your costs will be higher and your treatment time longer.

With that said, dental implants are considered to be a long-term investment intended to last for many decades at a time. Because of their longevity, they’re often considered the most cost-effective solution for those with missing teeth.

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How Dental Implants Work

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Dental implants are a huge investment in the future of your smile, as you by now no doubt understand. While you may know about the benefits of dental implants already, perhaps you’re curious as to exactly how they work and what the dental implant process entails. Let’s take a closer look at how they work so you can better understand your future smile.

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Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions

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Perhaps you’re sick of dealing with missing teeth and are now seriously considering getting dental implants in Greeley. However, you might still be curious about some of the finer details of the process. That’s why we have decided to include the answers to some of the dental implant questions that we get asked the most often below. If you have a question about implants that you don’t see answered here, don’t be afraid to give us a call and ask.

Why Do I Need a Bone Graft?

When you have been suffering through tooth loss for some time, your jawbone naturally begins to deteriorate because it no longer receives stimulation from your tooth roots. If you don’t have enough jawbone mass to support an implant, then you are at an increased risk for implant failure. This is where bone grafting comes in. Your dentist in Greeley can attach artificial bone tissue to your jawbone. Then, over a few months, it will fuse with your jawbone until it’s strong enough to accommodate as many dental implants as you need.

Can Smokers Get Dental Implants?

It’s possible, but there are additional risks involved. If you smoke or chew tobacco, implant failure is significantly more likely. The success of your implant depends on a process called osseointegration, during which your implant becomes one with your jawbone. Tobacco use severely slows down the oral healing processes, including osseointegration. As a result, your body is more likely to reject the implant if you smoke. If you’re considering getting dental implants in Greeley, we highly recommend that you quit smoking first.

How Long Will It Take for My Implants to Heal?

The length of the healing process is different for everyone, but on average, it takes about four to six months for your implant to fully integrate with your jawbone. If you’re getting All-on-4, you can receive your brand-new teeth on the same day as your implant placement, but for most other kinds of restorations, you’ll have to wait until osseointegration is complete to get your new teeth. Keep in mind that however long you end up waiting, it will be worth it to finally have a set of teeth that will last.

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

While one might think the surgery would hurt, most patients claim that they experience very little discomfort during the procedure and even afterwards. However, because it is an oral surgery, there will likely be some soreness following implant placement. More often than not, this can be managed with over the counter or prescribed pain medications, or applying a cold compress to your cheek.

After Implant Surgery, Is It Possible to Return to Work?

This depends on the complexity of your surgery. In some cases, such as a patient who’s receiving a single implant, they are able to resume their life as normal the day after the surgery. However, in more complex cases, we might suggest taking a couple of days to recover following your implant placement.

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