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Dental Implants

Dental implantDental implants – “nearly natural” tooth replacement in Louisville, CO

Have missing teeth left a noticeable gap in your smile or a lisp in your speech? Have you struggled with the stability of a partial denture or the task of keeping a bridge clean? You deserve the natural look, feel, function, and freedom of dental implants. This long-lasting choice for missing teeth replacement is available in Louisville, CO at Boulder Valley Dental Center.

What Is A Dental Implant?

Dental implant illustrationDental implants can be used to replace one tooth, anchor a dental bridge, or as part of a comprehensive dental reconstruction plan, to secure a cosmetic hybrid denture. Results are permanent and stable and can be cared for just like your natural teeth.

When replacing a single tooth, a dental implant serves as a prosthetic tooth. It consists of three basic parts – implant, abutment, and crown restoration – which together mimic natural tooth structure.

Dental implant illustration 1One of the key elements of a tooth implant is the titanium post. (Zirconia implants are also available for patients who prefer a metal-free option.) The screw-shaped device is placed into and becomes fused with jawbone, effectively replacing the tooth root. This is beneficial in several ways:

  • Stabilizes bone tissue in the jaw and reduces bone loss
  • Maintains the shape and appearance of the jaw
  • Supports a permanently secured dental crown for normal function

Implants can also be used to provide superior stability for a denture. Full mouth dental implants attach to points on the denture to hold it in place. The implants also stimulate healthy bone growth in the jaw, essential after losing a full arch of teeth.

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What is the dental implant procedure?

Dental implant Before AfterPlacing dental implants is a multi-step process. The integrity of your result is highly dependent on treatment planning and optimal healing of tissues between stages.

Dr. Hughes meets with you to create a personalized treatment plan that takes into consideration your oral health and cosmetic needs. The Boulder Valley Dental Center team coordinates surgical placement and follow-up (to ensure proper healing) with a local oral surgeon.

Once gum tissues and bone have healed completely, which typically takes three to six months, a connector or abutment is attached, and impressions are taken for your dental crown. In many cases, a temporary crown can be placed to help you adapt to your new implant and resume a normal diet if it has been adjusted or restricted.

When the lab has finished fabricating your porcelain dental crown, Dr. Hughes permanently attaches it, sending you home with a beautiful new smile.

Why do Louisville, CO patients love dental implants?

Dental implant x-rayAlthough dental implants represent an initial investment of time and money, most patients agree that the long-term advantages and overall comfort of their restorations far outweigh these costs.

  • The success rate is over 95 percent
  • Reduces bone loss in the jaw
  • An implant bridge does not require grinding down adjacent teeth
  • No special daily maintenance – just brush and floss daily
  • Allows normal diet and speech

A woman eating an appleThe development of dental implants has transformed tooth replacement. Today, patients in Boulder, Broomfield, and Lafayette have an option that is as secure and comfortable as a natural tooth.

At Boulder Valley Dental Center in Louisville, CO, dental implants are definitely something to smile about. Call 303-732-5388 to book a consultation with Dr. Hughes.




A Success Story

Natalie B. "Boulder valley dental center is amazing! The staff is very friendly and the facilities are state of the art. My last visit is easily the most comfortable visit I've ever had with a dentist. I can't recommend them enough."
Michael C. "I need to have a lot of dental work done and the ladies at Boulder Valley Dental all work extra hard to make sure their patients are comfortable. They are amazing and I am so happy to have a trustworthy dentist who actually cares. I highly recommend Dr. Hughes and the whole staff at Boulder Valley Dental."
Tyler K. "The most friendly, careful, and thoughtful experience I've ever had at a dentist."
Eric T. "Extremely nice and helpful staff. They do an amazing job of working through your care plan and provide very comprehensive service. They're not afraid to take extra time with their patients to ensure that they are comfortable with their care and treatment and that they understand the decisions being put in front of them. Would recommend them to anyone in need of dental care."
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Dr. Tracey Hughes is a highly sought-after and leading Louisville dentist. At the Boulder Valley Dental Center, Dr. Hughes welcomes her patients as ‘guests.’ She is constantly committed to advancing her skills and knowledge through continuing education initiatives. Having received her B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biology from Buena Vista University in Iowa, she proceeded to obtain her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1998 from the University Of Iowa College Of Dentistry. Over the years Dr. Hughes has committed several hours of learning to refine her knowledge and to ensure that she provides her patients with modern dental services. She is only one of less than 1,000 dentists who have earned a Fellowship in Advanced Physiologic Based Dentistry at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Technologies (LVI Global). Whether it is general dentistry or cosmetic dentistry or even sleep apnea, reach out to Dr. Hughes today!