A dental implant is a small titanium post which is surgically implanted into the jaw bone and used to anchor a single replacement tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire dentition. With dental implants, we can now replace missing teeth without the use of removable devices (such as dentures or partials) and without damaging the adjacent teeth. Because of the predictably of implant planning software and the security they offer patients, dental implants represent the greatest leap in dental technology in decades.
At Poulos & Somers, our implantology and periodontic experts are specially trained in the placement and restoration of dental implants and are able to create beautiful, functional implants that look and feel natural. With the use of the most advanced technology in dentistry, we can provide a superior patient experience and always seek new ways to improve the lives of our patients.
SimPlant® software gives us three-dimensional information on the anatomy of your mouth, allowing us to better plan your dental implant placement and provide a more comfortable and accurate restoration. The data includes information about the width and density of your jawbone, the exact location of neighboring tooth roots, and the location of the nerves. This detailed information helps us find the ideal location for your implants. We can virtually prepare your treatment plan with great precision and even show you how your new smile will look before your treatment begins. SimPlant® technology helps us achieve the best possible outcome with safer and more comfortable treatment.
Realistic three-dimensional planning software eliminates the likelihood of unforeseen complications during your procedure. With this information, we can create a personalized treatment plan tailored to you, which increases the accuracy of placements and the success rate of your implants. You can expect a margin of safety for implants placed with SimPlant® technology. So when you and your doctor are deciding which treatment plan is right for you, be sure you understand all risks and benefits of every option.
A huge barrier to commitment for a patient receiving dental implants is the thought that they’ll be without teeth while their gums heal from extractions or while the dental implant post heals and bonds with the jawbone. With Teeth In A Day, that fear is no longer an issue.
Teeth In A Day is a revolutionary concept that makes the implant placement and restoration process much more efficient than traditional dental implants. First, our team uses state-of-the-art technology to gather a range of data points about your mouth. This information allows our doctors to plan your procedure with a great level of detail and accuracy, creating a virtual road map for us to follow during your treatment. This precision adds to efficiency in process, making it possible to perform treatment in a single day.
If you’re missing teeth, take comfort in knowing there are many restorative replacement options available to you. Though dental implants have the most upfront cost, you should see them as an investment in your oral health. With proper care, implants can last for the rest of a patient’s life, saving them both time and money in the long run.
Dentures start at a lower price point and are often covered by insurance. However, they’ll need to be replaced every few years and may require relatively frequent adjustments to keep them fitting properly. Because they are a removable solution, dentures do not require extensive oral surgery. Dentures are also a good alternative for patients who’s jawbone cannot support a dental implant.
Dental implants have a number of unique benefits that make them the best option for restoring missing teeth in Denver.
First, dental implants have a much longer lifespan compared to alternative treatments. Dental bridges typically only last 5-10 years, and dentures must usually be replaced or relined within 5 years. In contrast, implants last 30+ years with proper placement and care.
This makes dental implants more affordable in the long-term, compared to alternative restorative treatments which will need upkeep. They may cost more upfront, but have a much longer lifespan than either dentures or dental bridges.
Dental implants from Poulos & Somers also look and feel more natural, compared to alternative treatments. They are securely anchored to your jaw bone and will never shift or move. Your smile will look great, feel comfortable, and function perfectly.
Dental implants also help prevent bone resorption, which is a common symptom of tooth loss. No other restorative treatment helps protect and strengthen the jaw bone after tooth loss. Our dentists specialize in implantology and service patients in The Golden Triangle, Capitol Hill, and Downtown Denver.
When you lose a tooth, the jaw bone underneath your tooth is no longer stimulated by the force of chewing. Normally, this pressure is transmitted through the root of your tooth. Without this stimulation, the jaw bone will weaken and begin to lose bone mass.
Dental implants prevent this by functioning as an artificial root. They are permanently implanted into your jaw bone, and the process of “osseointegration” bonds the titanium implant with your bone tissue permanently as your implant heals.
The result of this is that your implant actually helps stimulate the jaw bone as you chew, smile and bite, just like a natural tooth would. This strengthens your jaw and prevents bone resorption.
So, what if you choose not to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant? What will happen? This depends on whether you choose to replace your tooth with another type of dental restoration, or if you avoid any kind of treatment, and do not replace your missing tooth at all.
If you don’t replace your missing tooth at all, you’ll experience a few different symptoms. First, your remaining teeth will start to shift toward the empty socket where your tooth used to be. This can ruin your bite alignment and lead to issues like premature wear & tear of your remaining teeth.
In addition, you will start to lose the bone that lies underneath your missing tooth. You may lose up to 25% of the bone below your missing tooth within a year of tooth loss. Eventually, it may weaken to such an extent that you can no longer have a dental implant placed. At this point, you may require treatment such as a bone graft or sinus lift to strengthen your jaw before an implant can be placed.
If you choose to replace your missing tooth with an alternative treatment like a dental bridge or a partial denture, you will avoid most of the worst symptoms of tooth loss. However, your jaw bone will still deteriorate, because dentures and bridges do not stimulate the underlying bone. For that reason, dental implants are a superior choice for restoring your smile.
Call our office today and make an appointment for a consultation. We can evaluate your oral health, help you understand your options, and determine which treatment is right for you.