Dental Implants An Overview
At Boulder Valley Dental Center, we offer several different options for dental implants. Dental implants are the most natural-looking and advanced solution for the replacement of missing teeth. Dental implants are now a routine procedure and offer the highest success rate and long-term oral health benefits. Dr. Tracey Hughes offers dental implants in her Lafayette, CO area dentist office to patients that are missing teeth. Whether you are missing one or several teeth, Dr. Hughes can create a personalized treatment plan to restore beauty, health and function to your smile. Our caring and compassionate staff will educate you on the choices you have including dental implants to help you make the best decision for your long term dental health.
Why Choose Dental Implants for Missing Teeth?
- Superior durability and longevity
- Better preservation of bone structure
- Virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth
- Eat, drink and speak comfortably without special restrictions or risk of slippage
- Improve the appearance of the face by adding fullness to lips and cheeks
What is a Dental Implant?
The actual dental implant is a titanium post that is placed into the jaw bone to function as the artificial root for a replacement tooth. A dental implant can be used to replace one, several or all of a person’s missing teeth. The restoration, a dental crown, bridge or denture, is generally made from a tooth-like porcelain material to look and feel like natural teeth.
The dental implant has three parts:
- The titanium post that is placed into the jawbone
- An abutment that attaches to the dental implant and secures the replacement tooth
- And the replacement tooth, either a dental crown, hybrid bridge or denture
Dr. Hughes and her team provide exceptional dental services. They are kind, professional, and a pleasure to be around. Dr. Hughes was able to diagnose underlying issues relating to my oral health and provide me with comprehensive solutions to fix…Mirza P.
We LOVE Boulder Valley Dental Center for their excellent care of and attention to a person who finds dental visits challenging.Estrellita S.
Excellent attention to detail, kind and supportive staff that care about your comfort and optimal dental health. Loved the massage chair and the paraffin wax for my hands, they were left so soft and they smelled so lovely all day,…Marianne M.
Dental Implants What to Expect
About The Dental Implant Procedure
The procedure for dental implants requires multiple visits over several months. After the comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Hughes will create a personalized treatment plan. Boulder Valley Dental Center will coordinate the entire treatment, working closely with dental specialists, dental laboratories and any other professionals in the Lafayette, CO area that are involved to ensure a predictable and successful result.
Placing the Implant – The specialist will place the dental implant, a tiny titanium post, into the bone. The dental implant will be allowed to heal and integrate with the natural bone, serving as the artificial root for the new tooth. The healing process can take several months. Depending on your case and the position of the missing tooth or teeth, a temporary crown may be placed in the mouth while the implant heals.
Restoring the Dental Implant – Once the dental implant has healed, our dentists will restore the dental implant by placing the prosthetic tooth. While the dental implant is healing, a dental crown will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. This will serve as the replacement tooth. The dental crown is secured to the dental implant for a permanent restoration. Dental implants can be used to secure a dental bridge or secure a cosmetic hybrid denture. The results are permanent, stable and can be cared for just like your natural teeth.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
With proper care and maintenance, a dental implant is a permanent solution for missing teeth. The materials used in dental crowns are carefully selected depending on where in the mouth the tooth is being replaced. With any dental restoration, regular visits to our Lafayette, CO dentist office are recommended to monitor your condition and make sure that treatment continues to be successful.
Schedule A Consultation
If you have a missing tooth or several missing teeth, we offer dental implants in our Lafayette, CO and Louisville, CO area cosmetic dentist office. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Hughes, call 303-214-4009 or request an appointment online and we will get back to you. We look forward to helping you restore a smile that meets your needs and enables you to get back to enjoying the best possible quality of life.