Best Dental Implants in Louisville, CO
A far superior teeth replacement method to other options, dental implants restore the look, feel, and function of missing teeth with stability, durability, and longevity.
Our expert team at Summit Dental and Orthodontics is trained to deliver only the highest level of implant care and patient experiences. Schedule an appointment with us to discuss your teeth replacement options.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are made of three parts: screw, connector, and crown. We insert the implant into your jaw, so it stands alone, looking and functioning like a natural tooth.
Types of Dental Implants
A Single Tooth Dental Implant—Replacing a Single Tooth
When you’re missing just one tooth and need a replacement, dental implants are often the best option because they don’t burden or jeopardize the health of the neighboring teeth.
An Implant-Supported Bridge—Replacing Several Teeth
If you are missing three teeth in a row, we can place two implants with crowns that will hold a bridge with a tooth filling the middle gap.
An Implant-Retained Denture—Replacing All Your Teeth
Attaching a full arch of teeth to 4-8 implants is an excellent way to restore your smile without the cost of replacing each tooth. Read on to learn more about all the full mouth dental implant options available at our practice.
- Ball Attachment Denture: Those missing a full arch of lower teeth are excellent candidates for a ball attachment denture, a prosthetic that snaps onto two implants we place in your lower jaw. The implants provide stability to the denture, but as is the case with all removeable teeth, there’s the potential for food particles to get caught underneath and the need for occasional adjustments.
- Bar Attachment Denture: A more stable option that allows for very little movement is the bar attachment denture which snaps onto four to six implants, depending on your jaw size and shape. Once we’ve placed the implants and you’ve had a chance to heal, we connect them to a customized support bar. We design the denture with special internal retention clips that attach to the support bar allowing it to snap securely into place. Even though this option is more secure, it is still removable for cleaning and maintenance.
- Hybrid Implant Denture: If you’re looking for a permanent denture, a prosthetic attached to implants that doesn’t need to be removed, this third option may be the perfect fit.
- Screw-Retained Denture: Many of our patients choose this third option because it’s permanent. The screw-retained denture is attached to five or more implants that we place in your jaw. The denture doesn’t touch your gum tissue, so you can clean under it without removing it. In fact, the only reason you would ever need to remove the denture is for maintenance visits.
Dental Implants Procedure
Consultation and Treatment Planning
We gather imaging, your medical and dental histories and digital impressions of your mouth using our intra-oral scanner during the initial phase of the dental implant process to ensure we have a clear picture of your current health. With that information, we make a plan that guarantees that both your health and budgetary goals are met.
The next step is to extract the tooth in question. We will be able to place the implant at the same time of extraction if bone grafting is not required first (See next step.).
It is common for the jawbone to lack sufficient mass in which case a bone graft is needed to strengthen the target area. Bone grafting is followed by several months of healing before the implant can be placed.
Dental Implant Surgery
We place a ceramic (non-metal) or titanium screw into your jawbone during the implant procedure. We have a variety of sedation options, and you will be anesthetized for your comfort during the 1-hour surgery, so you won’t feel a thing.
After placing the implant, we cover it with the surrounding soft tissue and allow it to fuse with the bone over the next 3 months. This amazing fusion of titanium to bone is called osseointegration.
After osseointegration is complete, we place an abutment on the implant that connects to the final crown restoration.
We ask our patients who are sedated to arrange for a ride home after their implant procedure. However, those who use only local anesthesia can drive themselves. Likewise, patients should be able to drive themselves home after the final crown has been placed, as it is a simpler procedure, much like getting a filling.
Dental Implants—Do they hurt?
No, as mentioned above, you will be sedated, or the surgical site will be numbed at the very least, so you will not feel any pain.