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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, aesthetically pleasing, and beneficial to your oral health as dental implants. Dental 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. To learn more, please contact us today to schedule your initial consultation to discuss dental implants in Greeley, CO.

Why Choose Greeley Complete Dentistry for Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

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A dental implant is a small, screw-shaped post that is made of a biocompatible material, usually titanium or zirconia. Dr. Smith can surgically place this post in your jawbone where the root of your missing tooth once was. Over the next few months, the bone will actually grow around the implant, forming a powerful bond that can last for decades. Once this process is complete, a metal attachment called an abutment is placed atop the implant. Then, a custom-made dental crown is put on top of that. If you have more than one missing tooth, you can even get several implants at once to support a bridge or denture.

As the only tooth replacement option to recreate the entire structure of a lost tooth, dental implants are truly one of a kind. Their placement in the jawbone allows them to feel and function more like your natural teeth than traditional solution. Plus, they can last several times longer! That’s why Dr. Smith, Dr. Cure, and the majority of dentists recommend dental implants for most eligible patients.

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

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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. While every patient’s dental implant journey differs, here is a basic outline of what your treatment process might look like:

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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During your consultation, our team will conduct a thorough exam, including digital x-rays, of your mouth and jaw. We’ll also ask you about your smile goals and habits. Together, this information should be enough to determine whether dental implants are a suitable treatment for you. If we decide the answer is yes, we’ll educate you about any specific steps you may need to take before receiving the implants. Some patients require preliminary procedures, such as gum disease therapy or a bone graft, before implants become a viable option. Other patients can proceed directly to scheduling the implant surgery.

Dental Implant Surgery

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Your specially trained implant dentist, Dr. Smith, can perform the dental implant placement surgery right here in our dental office. This procedure has been perfected to be as minimally invasive as possible. Dr. Smith will create a small incision in the gum tissue and gently insert the dental implants as needed throughout the jawbone. Thanks to local anesthetic and possibly also sedation, you should feel perfectly comfortable during your procedure. After Dr. Smith closes the incisions, your body will naturally begin the process of osseointegration.

Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment

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Osseointegration is a truly remarkable process. It entails your jawbone actually growing around the titanium implant post over a period of a few months. This creates a sturdy foundation that will allow your new smile to stand the test of time. After the implant has permanently fused to the bone, we will place abutments on top of the implants. Abutments are small pieces of metal that connect the implants to your custom restorations, whether that be a crown, bridge, or denture.

Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations

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This final step of the process involves you finally getting your new teeth! We will craft a custom-made restoration that fits right over your implant and abutment. Before placing it, we’ll make sure it provides you with a powerful enough bite that you can be satisfied with. Once you’re happy with your new prosthesis, we’ll send you on your merry way to enjoy your brand-new smile.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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After your dental implants have fully healed and a restoration has been attached, you can expect many benefits that you would not find with more traditional tooth replacement options. You can learn more about these benefits in greater detail or ask additional questions during your future consultation with us at our office!

Day-to-Day Benefits

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Health Benefits

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Long-Term Benefits

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Who Dental Implants Can Help

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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 One Tooth

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

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.

Missing All Teeth

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 an individual 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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Understanding the 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, 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.

Lots of factors go into the cost of dental implants, and we’ll give you an estimate at your consultation. Here’s what you can normally expect:

Types of Dental Implants

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When thinking about the cost of your treatment, you’ll need to recognize that one of the most notable factors is the number of implants being used. For example, one implant supporting one crown is cheaper than a series of implants holding one larger bridge or denture. Furthermore, where the implant is manufactured also makes a difference, as the materials used can vary. Techniques used to place implants also play a large role. During the consultation, we’ll explain the options you have directly so that you’re fully informed on every detail of your treatment.

What Are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?

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The stages of treatment are broken down into three categories: the initial implant placement surgery, the abutment placement surgery, and the restoration phase. Abutments are tiny connectors that join the implants to the artificial teeth on top of them.

Don’t forget that extractions may also play a major role, especially if you have multiple infected teeth that would be better suited for replacement. If you haven’t had any teeth extracted yet, you’ll want to include socket preservation in your treatment costs as well. This treatment, known as a bone graft, works to preserve as much of your natural bone tissue as possible to improve your implant outcome.

Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?

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Keep in mind that the length of your dental implant process may take several months to a year, with each step having its own dedicated cost. The good news is you don’t need to pay for your treatment all at once. In fact, most people find treatment much more affordable than they initially realized because they can break their payments down into more manageable chunks.

With that said, dental implants are often regarded as one of the most cost-effective solutions to extensive tooth loss. This is not only because of their natural look and feel, but the long-term restorative benefits not typically seen with other tooth replacement methods.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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In most cases, typical dental insurance won’t cover the cost of dental implants. However, that doesn’t mean your insurance won’t cover certain treatments related to dental implants. For example, restorative treatments like bone grafts or the restoration itself may be able to be covered.

Outside of insurance, our dental office can work with you to create a payment plan to cover the cost of dental implants. Most patients are not paying for their entire treatment upfront, especially since the total can fluctuate depending on your needs.

Maintaining & Caring for Your Dental Implants

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One of the reasons why dental implants are so popular is that they have the potential to last for a lifetime. However, this is only possible if you care for them properly. Without protection, your implants can fail from damage or infection, which will require replacement. Thankfully, knowing some easy steps and getting into some healthy habits can help you enjoy your new smile for decades to come. Read on to learn more about dental implant care in Greeley.

Make Oral Hygiene a Priority

Your dental implants themselves can’t get cavities, but it’s still vital to practice good oral hygiene. Common dental issues like gum disease can lead to implant failure, which is why you should be sure to maintain a consistent dental routine at home. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and use non-alcoholic mouthwash to clean areas of your mouth that are difficult to reach. Additionally, drink lots of water throughout the day to wash away lingering plaque and bacteria in the smile.

Eat a Healthy Diet

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Dental implants in Greeley allow you to eat essentially whatever you’d like – you can enjoy a variety of foods for a healthy, full, and nutritious diet. However, be careful about overindulging in hard, sticky, or sugary items. These can potentially damage your implants, plus they raise the risk of problems like cavities and gum disease. Instead, eat foods with calcium and vitamin C for healthy gums and a strong jawbone.

Break Bad Habits

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Dental implants have a success rate of 95% even after 10 years, however one of the main causes of failure are bad habits like smoking, using tobacco, and using your teeth as tools. If you can quit smoking/chewing tobacco, your gums will be healthier, and they’ll have a better chance of supporting your implants for the rest of your life. Instead of using your teeth to open bottles or packages, practice a little patience and save your smile.

Protect Your Dental Implants

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Dental implants are incredibly durable, but they are not completely indestructible. For this reason, it’s important that you wear a mouthguard during sports or physical activity. This will protect your implants while limiting the amount of pressure that they experience during play. Additionally, we will recommend that you wear a nightguard if you have bruxism (teeth grinding that usually occurs at night). This will protect your implants from unnecessary wear and tear.

Schedule Regular Dental Checkups

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While maintaining good dental health, don’t forget to visit our office at least twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings. This allows us to monitor your smile, catching any issues that may cause implant failure while they are small. These visits keep your natural and artificial teeth healthy while saving you time and money in the future from avoided dental issues. Plus, our trained hygienists can clean away plaque and tartar build up that you’ve been missing on your own.

Dental Implant FAQs

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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 had missing teeth 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, dental 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, we highly recommend that you quit smoking first.

How Long Will It Take for My Dental 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 often 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 Dental 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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