What Types of Dental Implants are Available?

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Dental implants are very versatile, with different types of dental implant replacements available for your particular teeth replacement needs. Dr. West of Boulder, Colorado, is able to review your particular condition and suggest the most appropriate dental implant procedure, all performed in our Lafayette dental office.

Using a Dental Implant for Single Tooth Replacement

The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.

single tooth replacement in Boulder and Lafayette, CO1: Before the implant dentistry procedure
The dentist makes a first examination and takes one or more x-rays of the area to prepare for the implant dentistry procedure.
implant dentures in Boulder and Lafayette, CO2: Installing the dental implant
The dental implant is installed. At this time, a temporary tooth is provided that allows you eat and function like normal almost immediately. The dental implant will need a few months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken.
dental implants dentist Lafayette, CO3: Attaching the new dental crown
The final step to replacing a single tooth with implant dentistry is the placement of the permanent ceramic tooth. This new porcelain crown is installed for life. No additional treatment is needed.
permanent dentures in Boulder and Lafayette, CO4: End result
You should expect the new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth. Do your usual dental hygiene to keep the tooth and gum around the dental implant clean.

 

Dental Implants for Multiple Tooth Replacement

The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.

Boulder dentist Longmont1: Before the implant dentistry procedure
In this example, three teeth at back end of the mouth are missing. The only real replacement alternative is installing a fixed bridge. The bridge contains all teeth in one piece and is anchored on dental implants.
dental implants best dentist in Boulder2: Installing the dental implant
First, the dental implants are installed. This is normally done in a single session. A temporary bridge may be placed at the same time, making it possible for you to function like normal almost immediately after leaving the dentist.
mini dental implants dentist Boulder3: Attaching the bridge to the dental implants
The dental implants need to integrate with the jawbone before the permanent bridge is attached. This is normally done 1-2 months after the dental implant installation. The time will vary, depending on the teeth affected and the aesthetical demands.
dental implants bridge Lafayette, CO4: End result
With implant dentistry supporting it, the new bridge will handle all the pressure that your strong, natural back teeth did. You will have a stable and secure solution that allows you to eat what you want.

 

Dental Implants Providing Full Arch Replacement

The course of treatment described here is one of several options available. Consult your dentist to find out what the best solution is for you, given your specific condition.

full arch replacement implants Boulder1: Before the implant dentistry procedure
The dentist determines what needs to be done and prepares both himself and the patient for the coming implant dentistry treatment procedure.
permanent dentures dentist in Lafayette, CO2: Installing the dental implants
The first step is installing dental implants to replace the lost tooth roots. In this case, five dental implants are used. Temporary teeth are attached that enable you to eat and function like normal while waiting for the permanent bridge to be installed.
implant supported dentures Boulder3: Attaching the bridge to the dental implants
The final bridge is securely installed on top of the dental implants. With a full arch replacement like this, it normally takes 2-3 visits to have the bridge completely attached.
alternative dentures Lafayette, CO dentist Longmont4: End result
Your new teeth should be hard to tell from natural – both for you and others. People who have had traditional dentures before getting a fixed bridge anchored by implant dentistry often describe this as an overwhelming and very positive experience.

 

Alternatives to Dentures

implant bridge Boulder and LongmontOverdenture anchored on dental implants
An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable overdenture, which is anchored on dental implants. The old fashioned denture has many disadvantages and should be avoided if possible.
dental implants dentist in BoulderRemovable, dental implant anchored overdenture
A removable full denture that is connected to either a ball or bar attachment, which in turn is anchored on two or more dental implants in the front part of the jaw.

The dental implants help keep the denture in place and provide better function and comfort. Cost is usually the reason why this solution is chosen over a fixed bridge – although the end result can’t be compared.

tooth replacement dentist Lafayette and BoulderDenture Full Removal
A denture that is loosely placed on top of the gum to cover the lost teeth. This alternative has no real advantages – except for its low price and easy installation.

The disadvantages are many: discomfort in eating, poor esthetics, affected speech, and sore gums from denture movement. Moreover, a full denture placed in the upper jaw severely reduces the sense of taste.

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To learn more about all of our dental implants options, give Dr. West a call at our Boulder area practice in Lafayette, CO!