Tooth loss can occur for a variety of reasons, including gum disease, trauma, infection, and plain old wear and tear. No matter how you came to have missing teeth, finding a secure replacement soon is of the utmost importance. Tooth loss is a serious issue that can have far-reaching effects for your oral and overall health. At Rocky Mountain Periodontal Specialists, our team of periodontists can replace missing teeth and make your smile whole again with dental implants in Colorado Springs, CO. Give us a call today to see if this state-of-the-art tooth replacement solution is right for you!
Unlike other tooth replacement options that only restore those parts of the smile visible above the gumline, dental implants restore both the root structure and the crowns of missing teeth. This provides the optimal level of stability for dental restorations and maintains the natural gum tissue volume and jawbone density, ensuring patients retain their optimal level of oral health.
Dental implants themselves are small posts that are typically made from biocompatible titanium, a material that fully integrates (grows together with) your jawbone. Dr. Haradon or Dr. Lackler can surgically insert one or more dental implants beneath the gums and into the jaw, where they naturally fuse with the supportive structures, mimicking the lost tooth roots. The dental implants are strategically positioned to provide support for a replacement tooth or teeth that are securely affixed to special connecting abutments on the top of the implants. Depending on how many teeth you’re missing, this could be a crown, bridge, or denture. The end result is a smile that looks, feels, and functions just like natural.
Dr. Haradon and Dr. Lackler are specialists known as periodontists. Periodontists are dentists who have completed years of advanced training in order to specialize in treatments for the supportive structures that surround teeth. For this reason, they are the ideal dental specialists to place implants. They understand better than any other dental practitioners how to safely and effectively place dental implants to ensure a smooth, successful, and comfortable procedure. When you come to Rocky Mountain Periodontal Specialists for dental implants, you can rest assured that your smile is in good hands!
Your treatment process will include various phases to ensure the long-term success of your new smile. While dental implants are surgically placed, the procedure itself is minimally invasive. We make a small incision in the gumline and place the implant(s) carefully into the jawbone at pre-determined areas. Following the placement, a protective cap is placed over the implant to speed the healing process and shape the gum tissue. Once the implant fuses with the jawbone, the protective cap is removed, and an abutment is attached to the implant. Once your tooth replacement prosthetic is prepared, we’ll anchor the replacement tooth or teeth to the implant by attaching the restoration to the abutments.
If you are missing teeth—one, a few, or all the teeth along an entire arch—then replacement is critical not only to your oral health, but your general health, too. Just one missing tooth can lead to other oral problems including shifting teeth, gum disease, and even further tooth loss. In addition, tooth loss is frequently connected to malnutrition—eating a balanced diet can be made difficult because of missing teeth—as well as reduced self-confidence in both social and professional scenarios. Thus, the need to replace missing teeth becomes imperative.
Dental implants are quickly becoming the most popular tooth replacement option, and it’s easy to see why. They have the potential to dramatically improve your appearance, health, confidence, and overall quality of life. Keep reading to learn more about some of the most popular reasons why our patients love their dental implants.
Both Dr. Haradon and Dr. Lackler are experts at restoring smiles with dental implants. Your periodontist in Colorado Springs will evaluate your oral health and how many teeth need to be replaced to create a customized treatment plan for your unique smile. Depending on the severity of your tooth loss, there is a type of dental implant that is right for you! Lifelike dental implants can be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth, as well as to secure implant dentures.
A good candidate for dental implants will typically need to have three things. First, healthy gums are critical. Any signs of gum disease will need to be treated and reversed before the dental implant process can begin. Secondly, sufficient jawbone is a requirement. Because an implant is set in the jawbone, a recipient must have enough bone mass to firmly anchor the implanted post. In some patients, bone can be rebuilt with a bone grafting, so a dental implant may still be a possibility. Finally, proper oral hygiene is critical once you’ve received an implant. Daily brushing and flossing as well as regular dental checkups will go a long way to maintaining the integrity of the implants as well as the health of surrounding teeth and gums.
Many adult patients are eligible for dental implants. If your tooth loss is recent and you are in good oral and overall health, chances are good that you can get dental implants. However, the only way to know for sure whether or not you are eligible for dental implants is to schedule an appointment with your implant dentist. If you are a good candidate, we can begin planning your treatment around how many teeth you’re missing.
A single dental implant post can be surgically placed into the jawbone where the missing tooth once was. An abutment is then attached to the post to fasten a custom-made dental crown in place above the gumline. This is a much healthier alternative to a traditional dental bridge since it doesn’t require altering any healthy teeth.
A dental bridge strings together a row of replacement teeth. Instead of placing dental crowns on the adjacent teeth to hold the bridge in place like a traditional bridge, an average of 1 or 2 implant posts anchored into your jawbone can support an implant bridge.
Partial dentures fill gaps located anywhere in the smile when there are still several natural teeth in the gumline. Partial dentures not only complete the smile and make day-to-day life easier, but they also keep the remaining teeth from drifting out of alignment. While traditional partials use metal clasps around the natural teeth to stay in place, we can anchor a partial onto several dental implants for optimal results.
Just like the name suggests, a full (or complete) implant denture replaces an entire row of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. It may be fixed or removable, depending on your needs, budget, and personal preference. Rather than having to place an individual dental implant to support each tooth, your periodontist can use a strategic number of dental implants to support a complete row. In cases of total tooth loss, dental implants provide a wonderful solution that promotes oral health and overall wellness. Implant dentures don’t require adhesives, won’t slip around, and offer the maximum in stability for your smile.
It is no secret dental implants in Colorado Springs cost more than traditional treatments, like dentures; however, they are worth every extra penny. Although they cost more upfront, dental implants are more cost-effective long-term because you never need to worry about having them replaced. They offer over a 95% success rate to last for several years. When determining how much you can expect to pay, there are several factors that influence the price. We provide you with an individualized estimate and discuss your payment options to keep your new smile affordable. Read on to learn more about budgeting for the cost of dental implants in Colorado Springs, CO.
Dental implants allow you to invest in your quality of life and your oral health to reduce your long-term dental expenses. The implant posts mimic your tooth roots to stimulate your jawbone. This stops dental drift to reduce your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and additional tooth loss. Not to mention, dental implants are proven to last for several decades. You will not need to worry about having them replaced.
Your dental insurance will likely not cover the entire cost of dental implant treatment; however, it may pay for certain aspects of it depending on your specific policy. After paying your annual deductible, your insurance may pay for 50% to 80% of specific parts of your treatment until you reach your yearly limit, like the restorations or any necessary preliminary treatments. We work on your behalf with your insurance company to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. We accept a variety of payment options to cover any remaining balance to keep your new smile affordable.
Having a strong, healthy jawbone is essential for getting dental implants. Unfortunately, there are various factors that can impact the density of your jawbone, such as periodontal disease and tooth loss. Thankfully, even if your jawbone isn’t dense enough to support dental implants right now, we may be able to change that with a bone graft or other advanced dental implant procedure! During your initial consultation, we’ll be able to tell if you need a bone graft before getting dental implants.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that adds density to the size and shape of your alveolar ridge. You can lose bone in the gum ridge after you have lost a tooth, whether from an extraction, trauma, or infection.
After you lose a tooth, your bone deteriorates if it is not replaced with a dental implant because it is no longer stimulated by the root. If you lost the tooth some time ago, your bone will have shrunk a great deal. As a result, your remaining teeth may no longer have the support they need to stay in place. In addition, you may not be able to replace your lost tooth with a dental implant because there is not enough bone to support it. Bone grafting replenishes the lost bone to rebuild a healthy, functional smile.
If you are ready to replace your missing teeth with dental implants in Colorado Springs, you may require bone grafting before placing your posts. After an initial consultation and reviewing a CT scan of your oral structures, we pinpoint the area of your jaw that needs to be strengthened. While under sedation or anesthesia, your gum tissue is opened to expose your jawbone. A small piece of bone that was extracted from another area in your mouth or from a donor is transferred to the treatment site. Your tissue is sutured closed, and the healing process begins.
In the dentistry field, dental implants are among the most complex treatments. As a result, it’s only natural if you have questions about this procedure. We’ve answered several common questions for you here so that you can feel more prepared for your consultation with Dr. Dr. Haradon or Dr. Lackler. We hope our responses help you choose the best tooth replacement option for your smile. If you have other concerns or questions about implants in Colorado Springs, you are more than welcome to ask us during this preliminary appointment.
There is no general timeline for dental implants because each treatment plan is based on the individual patient’s needs. While some can complete the implant process in six months, others may take a year from the initial consultation through to final restoration. When we meet with you at your consultation and have had the opportunity to examine your mouth, we should be able to project an estimated calendar and help you know what you can expect moving forward.
One of the many perks of replacing your missing teeth with implants is that you regain a strong bite. Consequently, there are very few foods that are off limits. These rare exceptions include chewing on ice or popcorn kernels or other hard, crunchy foods that put your teeth under excessive stress. Keep in mind that this dietary freedom comes after the implants have fully fused with the jawbone. Before your implants are ready for their restorations, you need to be careful and eat softer foods, like oatmeal, yogurt, and mashed potatoes, to allow the sites to heal properly.
Patients do not feel the placement surgical procedure because a strong local anesthetic is used to numb the area. As a result, you should not feel any discomfort while you’re in the chair. After the anesthetic has worn off later on, you may feel some soreness at the site; however, over-the-counter pain reliever and cold compresses should be able to manage and reduce your discomfort. If you experience severe pain, a fever, or other unusual symptoms, you need to contact our team right away as these could be signs of complications, although these are rare.
Did you know that dental implants are successful in over 95 percent of cases? Even years after placement, the strong majority are still functioning and looking well. However, failure can occur. Although implants are not vulnerable to decay, you need to properly maintain your implants to set yourself up for success in the long term. Every day, you need to brush and floss your replacement teeth, just as you would natural teeth. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are also essential. In addition, making smart lifestyle choices, such as eating a balanced diet and drinking water more than other beverages, can make a significant difference in the success of your implants.