Dental Implants in Westminster, CO
Dental Implants — Today’s Ideal Solution for Missing Teeth
Dental implants have become today’s preferred teeth replacement method by patients and dentists. Both restorative and cosmetic, they restore the way in which teeth feel and operate while creating a completely natural look. Implants are made of three parts: a titanium screw which we place in the jawbone, an abutment which connects the screw to the crown, and the crown, the final component that looks like a tooth above the gum line.
It is not uncommon for an adult to be missing a tooth. In fact, approximately 125 million Americans are missing at least one, and most are excellent candidates for dental implants. We know that missing a tooth can lead to feelings of anxiety and embarrassment, and if this describes you, you are clearly not alone. Schedule an appointment with us and find out if dental implants are an ideal solution for you.
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)
From the initial cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT) scans that are taken and analyzed by Dr. Montoya for implant placement planning—right here in our office—to the intra-operative procedure itself, computer-guided implant surgery ensures precise and accurate implant placement. The information gathered by our CBCT scans is used to:
- Evaluate bone and vital structures.
- Confirm there is enough bone for implant placement.
- Verify the safety of important structure and nerves.
- We use our intra-oral scanner with our CBCT images to create a surgical template that is used to determine the best locations for implant placement.
Dental Implants — What to Expect
- Consultation and Treatment Planning: We gather imaging, your medical and dental histories and, when necessary, digital impressions of your mouth using our intra-oral scanner during the initial phase of the dental implant process, so we have a clear picture of your current health. With that information, we formulate a plan that ensures that both your health and budgetary goals are met.
- Extraction: If you have not yet lost the damaged tooth, the next step is to have it extracted. In some cases, we may be able to place the implant at the same time of extraction. In others, bone grafting will be required prior to implant placement (See next step).
- Bone Grafting: It is common for the jawbone to lack adequate mass in which case a bone graft is required to strengthen the target area. Bone grafting is typically followed by several months of healing before the implant can be placed.
- Dental Implant Surgery: We place a titanium screw into your jawbone during the implant procedure. We have a variety of sedation options, and you will be anesthetized for your comfort during the 1-2-hour surgery.
- Osseointegration: After placing the implant, we cover it with the surrounding soft tissue and allow it to fuse with the bone over the subsequent 3 months. This amazing fusion of titanium to bone is called osseointegration.
- Final Crown: After osseointegration is complete, a connector is placed on the implant that attaches to the final crown restoration.
Dental implants are extremely long-lasting, especially when cared for properly. Maintaining consistent oral health habits—brushing and flossing twice daily—is key to dental implants that last a lifetime. Dr. Montoya partners with specialists and general dentists in our area to form a treatment plan tailored to your needs and concerns, using cutting-edge technology and the latest techniques. We go above and beyond to guarantee that the dental implants we place each day last a very long time.
Well Worth the Investment
Losing a tooth can seriously damage your oral health and your confidence, but our exceptional team is here to help. Implants have become the best solution for missing teeth because they look and function completely naturally. You can say good-bye to slipping dentures and those pesky dietary restrictions as we bring restoration to both your smile and your overall well-being.
We use our expert implant replacement techniques here in our state-of-the-art facility to ensure you receive the best care possible. Compassionate, thorough, and superior care is our primary goal, and we look forward to being your dental implant team.
Success Rate and Side Effects
Dental implant placement is a routine procedure that poses very few risks. With a success rate of up to 98%, this trusted and proven treatment continues to remain the preferred tooth replacement method while continually making advancements. The chance of minimal side effects is quite low, and they are like those that might result from any minor surgery – infection, injury to adjacent teeth, etc.
We recommend that you wait to get an implant until after your jaw has finished growing and you’ve completed all straightening procedures, such as braces, because the implant’s fusion to the bone makes the tooth less mobile, thereby limiting further movement.
Comfort and Safety
Your comfort and safety are important to us, so we go out of our way to ensure as little pain as possible. During the surgery, you will always be anesthetized, so you won’t feel a thing. We use The Wand, a computer assisted anesthetic delivery system, which makes even the injection almost painless.
Most of our patients are pleasantly surprised at how little pain is involved in the dental implant procedure. Any minimal post-operative discomfort can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medications.
Generally, at least 8-10 millimeters of bone height is necessary in order to place a dental implant. When patients with insufficient jawbone desire implant placement, bone grafting is usually required first. Safe, reliable, and straightforward, our bone grafting techniques are well researched and are very predictable.
Can I drive after dental implant surgery?
We ask our patients who are sedated to arrange for a ride home after their implant procedure. Those who use local anesthesia can drive themselves home. Likewise, patients should be able to drive themselves home after the final crown has been placed, as it is a simpler procedure, much like getting a filling.
Cost of Dental Implants in Westminster, CO
We believe dental implants to be the most cost-effective option because they outlast other tooth replacement approaches, such as bridges and dentures, by several decades. Even though the initial cost may be more, their longevity makes them the wiser option in the long run.
We know that every case and budget is unique, so we are ready to discuss with you our available financing options and your insurance benefits at your consultation.
Book an appointment with us today! American Dental Excellence Phone Number 303-920-4900