Dental Implants – The Highlands, CO
A Lifelong Tooth Replacement Solution
At Altitude Oral and Facial Surgery, we provide advanced oral healthcare options to give our patients the best results and quality of life. That’s why we offer dental implants, the only tooth replacement that restores the entire tooth from the roots up. Dr. Brian Fangman is a skilled oral surgeon in The Highlands who is experienced in placing dental implants. Keep reading to learn more about how implants work and what you can expect during the process!
What is a Dental Implant?
You may have heard about dental implants, but what exactly are they? A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed in the jawbone to mimic your natural tooth root. Titanium is biocompatible, allowing the implant to successfully fuse to the jawbone, creating a strong and sturdy artificial tooth root that is ready to support a beautiful restoration. Unlike other tooth replacements, dental implants help restore the entire tooth, and not just the visible portion for the strongest and healthiest solution.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Losing teeth will eventually cause you to lose bone mass in your jaw. Eventually, this could also cost you your remaining teeth. Implants help stimulate the growth of new bone tissue so that your jaw remains healthy, stable, and strong.
- The bite force provided by a dental implant is very close to that of a natural tooth; other forms of tooth replacement are not quite as strong. Because of that, you’ll be able to eat a wider variety of foods.
- Your new teeth will not slip or become loose because your implants will be firmly rooted to the jaw itself. This will make your new smile much more comfortable as a result.
- Dental implants typically last around 30 years or even whole lifetimes. The maintenance for doing so is extremely simple; you just need to brush and floss like you would normally. (Naturally, regular dental checkups are required as well.)
The Dental Implant Placement Process
After deciding that dental implants are right for you, we’ll book your first appointment. Dr. Fangman will ensure that you’re numb and relaxed before making small incisions in the gumline to access your bone. Then, he will create small holes in your jaw for the placement of implants. Once your dental implants are placed, you’ll leave our office with a temporary restoration, allowing your mouth to heal. This recovery process is called osseointegration, which allows the implant to integrate with your jawbone.
After about 3 to 4 months, you’ll come back into our office, where Dr. Fangman will ensure that your smile is healthy, and your implants are successfully fused to your jaw. All that’s left is to get your custom-made restoration to complete your smile’s appearance.
Indications for Dental Implants
Many people believe that implants can only be used for very specific cases of tooth loss, but with the right number of posts, we can use them to replace any number of teeth. A consultation will be required at the beginning of the process; we’ll need to check for bone loss, gum disease, and health conditions that could lead to complications if left untreated. Once your viability for implant placement has been confirmed, we can devise a specific solution for your case.
Missing One Tooth
If only one tooth is lost, then we can replace it with one titanium implant post along with an abutment and a dental crown that has been designed to blend in with your other teeth. The main advantage of using a single implant instead of a dental bridge is that there’s no need to permanently alter the healthy teeth next to the gap.
Missing Multiple Teeth
When two or more teeth in a row along the bottom or top arch are missing, you can receive a dental bridge that is supported by a dental implant on either end. This will give your new teeth better stability and functionality than they would have had otherwise. And just as with single implants, there’s no need to alter natural, healthy teeth to place the restoration.
Missing All Teeth
Dentures remain an effective way to replace an entire row of teeth at once, but they can be made stronger and even more reliable once we anchor them to 4 to 8 dental implant posts. Taking care of implant-retained dentures is generally more convenient since they can be brushed and flossed normally.
Advanced Dental Implant Procedures
In some implant cases, more advanced dental services may be required in order to help our patients achieve the smile of their dreams. One of the key factors in the success of dental implants is having enough jawbone to accommodate implants. We offer services like bone grafting and sinus lifts to add bone mass to the jaw, enabling patients with weaker jawbones to enjoy the benefits of dental implants.
Cost of Dental Implants
If you’re considering dental implants, you’re probably wondering about the cost. Without examining your mouth first, it’s difficult to provide a precise estimate. The best way to get a better idea of the price of your potential treatment is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fangman. He will carefully examine your smile, the condition of your oral health, and the strength of your jawbone before developing a personalized treatment plan that includes cost.
Dental Implant FAQs
Are you considering getting dental implants to replace your lost teeth? We will be happy to be a part of your journey. However, before you commit to your treatment, you likely still have some questions about the procedures you must undergo. That is why we have compiled this list of frequently asked questions. If you do not see the information you were hoping to find, you are welcome to contact us directly.
Will I Feel Anything During the Implant Placement Surgery?
We offer multiple types of sedation, including oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. If you are sedated during your surgery, you will feel little to nothing while we carefully and precisely place the dental implants into your jawbone. Even if you are not sedated, and we just use local anesthesia to numb the area where we will be working, you will remain comfortable during your procedure.
What Is the Recovery Like?
After your anesthesia wears off, some swelling and soreness are normal. We will give you detailed postoperative instructions to help speed up your recovery and minimize the risk that you will face any complications. As long as you get adequate rest, do not eat anything that could irritate the surgical site, and maintain excellent oral hygiene, you can expect a fairly smooth recovery. Most patients are able to return to work within a day or two after their surgery. If you have any questions or concerns while you are healing, give us a call as soon as possible.
How Can I Prepare for Dental Implant Surgery?
Smoking can interfere with your ability to recovery well from dental implant surgery, so we strongly advise all patients to stop smoking for at least one week prior to their procedure. You should also not smoke immediately afterward. It is even better if you can quit smoking altogether.
Other steps you can take to prepare include:
- Arrange to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment (this is vital if you are going to be sedated)
- Stock up your kitchen with soft foods, like soup, applesauce, and smoothie ingredients
- Make sure we have your updated medical information
Why Should I Choose an Oral Surgeon for Dental Implant Procedures?
Some general dentists and other dental specialists offer dental implant placement, bone grafting, and other advanced procedures. However, we believe that visiting an oral surgeon for these services is best because of the extensive training that we have undergone. After dental school, an oral surgeon must complete a years-long residency program that prepares them to successfully address even the most complex oral surgery cases. We have an in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy and surgical techniques. We will work closely with your general dentist to make sure you receive the highest level of care during every stage of your treatment journey.