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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.