Dental Implant Options
Several types of dental implant replacements are available depending on your particular teeth tooth replacement needs. Dr. Johns and Dr. West of Boulder, Colorado can review your particular condition before suggesting the most appropriate dental implant procedure.
Single Tooth Replacement Implants
Our single tooth replacement is one of several available options. If you are missing a tooth or have a tooth that is severely damaged and needs replacement, the single tooth option may be appropriate. Consult the experts at Boulder County Smiles to find out what the best solution is for you, depending on your specific condition.
1: Prep work
Before the implant dentistry procedure, Dr. Johns or Dr. West performs an exam and takes one or more x-rays of the affected area to prepare for the implant dentistry procedure.
2: Implant placement
The dental implant titanium post is placed. At this time, a temporary tooth is provided that allows normal functionality during the waiting period. The dental implant needs a few months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken.
3: Dental crown
Attaching the new dental crown is the final step to replacing a single tooth. The permanent tooth consists of a new porcelain crown that is placed and bonded for life. No additional treatment is needed following placement.
4: 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.
Multiple Tooth Replacement
Our multiple tooth replacement is one of several dental implant options available. The multiple tooth replacement may be a better option than a traditional bridge, depending on your needs. Consult your dentist to find out which option will work best for your situation.
Let’s say that three teeth at the back of the mouth are missing. The only replacement alternative is to place a fixed bridge, which consists of all the teeth in one piece that is anchored to several dental implants. Dr. West or Dr. Johns will evaluate your situation to find the right treatment for you.
2: Implant Placement
The dental implants are placed first, and all implants are normally done in a single visit. We may place a temporary bridge at that time to provide functionality while you wait for your permanent teeth to be placed.
3: Dental bridge
The final step involves attaching the bridge to the dental implants. Once the dental implants have integrated with the jawbone, usually about 1-2 months after the dental implant placement, the permanent bridge is placed.
4: End result
With implant dentistry supporting your new permanent bridge, you can handle all the pressure that your strong, natural back teeth did before. You can have a stable and secure solution that allows you to eat what you want.
Full Arch Replacement (Implant Dentures)
Our full arch dental implant replacement is one of several options available. Full Arch Denture Implants are a great substitution for traditional dentures for more stability and less hassle. Consult your dentist to find out if you qualify for full arch replacement.
Dr. Johns or Dr. West determines the work that needs to be done and prepares the patient for the upcoming implant dentistry procedure.
2: Implant placement:
The first step is to place dental implants that act like the lost tooth roots. In a full arch replacement, five dental implants are used. Temporary teeth are attached that enable you to eat and function normally while you wait for the permanent bridge to be installed.
3: Dental bridge:
The permanent bridge is securely installed on top of the dental implants after allowing a few months for the implant to integrate with the jawbone. With a full arch replacement like this, you will visit our office 2-3 more times before the bridge is fully attached.
4: End result
Your new teeth are designed to look and feel natural. People around you may not even be able to tell you’ve had dental work done! Our patients who have had traditional dentures before getting a fixed bridge anchored by implant dentistry often describe implant replacements as a positive experience!
Alternatives to Traditional Dentures
Traditional dentures may not be the best option for every patient. Traditional dentures are loosely placed on top of the gum to cover the lost teeth.
The only advantages this type of denture can offer are its low price and easy installation. The disadvantages include discomfort with eating, overlooked aesthetics, affected speech, and sore gums from denture movement. Moreover, a full denture placed in the upper jaw can severely reduce your sense of taste.
Here are some alternatives for you to consider when it comes to replacing your teeth:
One alternative to a fixed bridge is to place a removable overdenture, which can be anchored on dental implants.
This is a removable full denture that is connected to a ball or bar attachment and then anchored by two or more dental implants at the front of the jaw. The dental implants help keep the denture in place, providing functionality and comfort.
If you would like to learn more about alternatives to traditional dentures, call our office. We would be happy to help you find the option that is best for you!
Give Us a Call Today!
To learn more about all of our dental implants options, give Dr. West or Dr. Johns a call at our Boulder area practice in Lafayette, CO!
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