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Dental Implants – Cherry Creek, CO

Comprehensive Care from an Expert Oral Surgeon

A diagram of a dental implant.

Tooth loss affects far more people than you might initially think. The fact is millions of Americans are missing all of their teeth, and over 180 million Americans are missing at least one tooth! When teeth are lost, the most basic tasks like chewing, smiling, speaking and maintaining positive oral health can become unnecessarily difficult. At Altitude Oral and Facial Surgery, we’re more than prepared to help you replace missing teeth with comprehensive implant placement! To schedule your next consultation, give our office a call today!

What is a Dental Implant?

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A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root that is designed to integrate directly with the jaw bone. Instead of replacing solely the crown portion of teeth (which is the case for traditional crowns, bridges and dentures), dental implants work to mimic the root from top to bottom, ensuring the most natural-feeling tooth replacement possible. Dental implants are widely considered to be the long-lasting solution for tooth loss, lasting about 25 years to a lifetime when properly maintained.

The Dental Implant Placement Process

A diagram of an All-on-4 dental implant restoration.

After completing a very detailed and thorough examination of your current teeth, gum tissue, oral health and other oral structures, Dr. Fangman will schedule you for a separate appointment where your surgery will take place, During the visit, we’ll numb the treatment area and make a small incision inside of your gum tissue. From there, we can access the jaw bone and create a small hole where the titanium implant will be placed. After several months of healing have passed, you’ll head back to your general dentist to receive the permanent restoration.

Types of Dental Implant Restoration

An older couple smiling.

Dental implants are largely versatile because they can be used to replace single or multiple teeth at a time. Outside of single teeth, dental implants can be combined with bridges customized to fit on top of them. This way, you can replace two to three consecutive teeth with relative ease, and you only need a pair of dental implants. Additionally, implant-retained dentures can replace an entire arch, so you don’t have to settle for your denture anymore. You can even leave your dentist with a new smile the same day with the All-on-4 treatment, which makes it easy to restore a top or bottom arch held by just four implants.

Advanced Dental Implant Procedures

In some cases, patients may need additional treatments before they can be viable candidates for dental implants. For example, if you don’t have enough bone material to hold an implant, a bone graft can be performed. This involves taking bone from another part of the body (or donated bone) and grafting it to your jaw. Furthermore, if you need to place the dental implant in a location where the width of the bone is limited, a sinus lift can expand the amount of available room.

Cost of Dental Implants

Every dental implant treatment is unique, which means the cost of your implant placement could vary greatly from another patient’s. The number and type of teeth you need to replace, the preparatory treatments you may need to complete to be viable for treatment, and the type of restoration you need can all affect the total cost. With that said, dental implants are known for being a fantastic long-term investment because of their durability, functionality, and longevity, especially when compared to traditional bridges and dentures.

Dental Implant FAQ’s

Couple smiling with dental implants in Cherry Creek

Dental implants are the new gold standard for tooth replacement, but many patients are still curious about the surgical process. That’s why Dr. Fangman has included the answers to some of the most frequently asked dental implant questions. He wants his patients to feel confident in their investment for a complete, healthy, and strong set of teeth. Read on to learn more about dental implants in Cherry Creek.

Will My Dental Implant Surgery Hurt?

One of the main factors that hold people back from undergoing this life changing treatment is the fear of pain. However, patients who have gotten implants relate the surgery to a simple tooth extraction. In fact, we ensure that all of our patients feel numb and comfortable before beginning. The only discomfort you’ll feel is some slight soreness that occurs after the surgery. However, this can be managed with the medication that we prescribe.

Why Are Dental Implants So Popular?

Dental implants have become the best choice for patients who want to replace their teeth because of their unique strength, health, and aesthetic advantages. Rooted in the jawbone, dental implants allow your restorations to look and feel just like natural teeth. The strength and stability help you enjoy all of your favorite foods, and dental implants can last for a lifetime if cared for properly. Plus, this treatment is the only replacement that stimulates the jawbone after tooth loss, which prevents bone deterioration.  

How Do I Know if Dental Implants Are Right for Me?

The best way to know if you’re a good candidate for implants is to visit our office for a consultation. Dr. Fangman will carefully examine the strength of your jawbone, the number of teeth you’re missing, and the condition of your oral health. In some cases, treatments like bone grafting may be necessary to add volume to the jaw. Typically, candidates for dental implants will have a commitment to brushing and flossing as well as routine dental visits, but they will also avoid poor lifestyle choices like tobacco use and heavy alcohol consumption. Even if you may not be the perfect candidate, Dr. Fangman can examine your smile and provide the best recommendation based on your needs.

How Should I Care for My Dental Implants?

Another reason why dental implants are so popular is that they are easy to maintain. Because they look and feel like natural teeth, you can brush and floss them like you would normally. However, it’s even more important that you visit our office for regular checkups. Dr. Fangman, a skilled oral surgeon in Cherry Creek, will ensure that your dental implants are healthy, and your smile is in great shape. That way, if he does detect an issue, he can treat it before it persists into something much worse.

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact our office today to speak with our friendly front desk staff!