What is a Dental Implant?

An implant is an artificial root tooth implanted in the place of a natural tooth. Implants take the form of a screw inserted into the jaw bone. The implant consists of three parts: a titanium screw, a construction that protrudes above the gums, and a porcelain crown that is manufactured in the laboratory and placed over the structure.

Why are the implants of titanium, or of an alloy with titanium?
Titanium is the best material for the time being to allow the bone around the implant to attach.

Who needs implants?
People who have lost one or more teeth for different reasons or people with dentures are good candidates for implants. It is essential that you are otherwise healthy, but if you suffer from a particular disease or have a different health problem such as diabetes or osteoporosis, this does not always mean that an implant will not work for you. However, it occurs in a minority of cases that the body rejects the implant.  In these cases, we try again. It often happens that the new implant does catch on. If a patient comes to us with many failed implants, we will first propose an extensive treatment plan.

How long does it take before my teeth are ready for implants?
As short as possible! The procedure is as follows:
The patient comes to consult, and his / her wishes are discussed extensively along with a completed health declaration. Mainly the questions about cardiovascular disease and diabetes (diabetes) are essential. The Implantologist takes measurements of the patient’s teeth for the crowns, but also for the construction of the crowns.
The Implantologist makes the treatment plan. The practice manager gives you or sends you the budget, and you can go through this with her. If applicable, this will be recorded with your insurance company. If everything is in order, the patient will receive a prescription for taking an antibiotic before he comes to the treatment. The patient also signs a consent form that mentions all possible risks of implantation, as is standard for any other surgical procedure.
The treatment begins. First, the patient receives a local anesthetic. If the patient so wishes, surgery will start under sedation (a whirl) or narcosis. (For the latter two possibilities, a prior discussion is necessary, because we have to order an anesthetist.) A general anesthetic is not required for implantation, because you do not feel any pain during the treatment, and if you do feel something, we immediately stop and provide a new solution. But if you prefer a heavier anesthetic, then you can.
The teeth that are no longer functional are drawn. The implants are inserted, possibly after the gum has been cut open to expose the jaw bone. A ‘healing cap’ is placed on the implants when the gum is cut. If the gum is not reduced, sometimes the build can be set. The patient receives a temporary prosthesis on the healing cap or the body. If you already had a prosthesis, it can be used. The patient then goes home for at least one month for healing. In the meantime, your permanent prosthesis is manufactured in the laboratory. At a subsequent appointment, after healing of the wound around the implants and fouling of the bone, the fixed prosthesis is placed. The final adjustments are made.
The time between the placement of the implants and the placement of the fixed crowns /prosthesis differs per individual. The healing time in the upper jaw is usually longer. You may have to come back for different checks. This is to shorten the process for you and so that we can keep an eye on the implants.
The procedure can be carried out within one day. The patient can go home immediately after confirmation of the teeth. In all cases, you can quickly eat and drink, talk and smile. Implants make you feel like having your teeth and molars again.

How much jaw bone should I have to have an implant?
The height of the jawbone must be at least 1 cm. If this is less, an alternative solution must be sought, for example, All-on-4 or All-on-6, or bone has to be built up using a bone transplant.

Does implanting hurt?
Our patients tell us that they have not had any pain. Pain is, however, relative and differs from patient to patient. The Implantologist will do everything possible to make the patient as comfortable as possible during and after implantation. Of course, the procedure is done under anesthesia. There are different types of anesthesia, and it depends on the patients choice. The patient decides:

  • Local Anaesthesia – this is sufficient in most cases.
  • Sedation – the patient takes a sedative for the transplant. This brings the patient into a daze.
  • Intravenous Sedation – an anesthetist only administers it. We monitor the heart rate and oxygen level in the blood.
  • General anesthesia (anesthesia) – at the request of the patient. Anesthesia also takes place under the supervision of an anesthetist.

Artificial bones can be placed to improve the jaw bone. Is this correct?
Yes, that happens regularly. A natural bone of the patient can also be used. The bone transplant can sometimes be performed simultaneously with the operation, and in other cases before the transplant. In the latter case, the patient waits until the new bone integrates with the jaw, and only after the implants are inserted. The Implantologist will always discuss this with you.

What is a sinus increase?
A sinus increase is a procedure whereby artificial bone is placed in the upper jaw after the sinuses are lifted a little upwards. As a result, more space is released for the implant. The sinus increase can be performed with a cut in the gum, or without.

How can I maintain my implants?
This is very important, because the better you maintain your implants, the longer they last. After the implants are integrated into the jawbone, they become part of the patient’s teeth, just as if they were your teeth. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss once a day between the teeth. If maintenance fails, bleeding from the gums, gingivitis (gum disease), or an uncomfortable feeling can occur.

How long do implants last?
How long they last depend on the quality of the implants, the competence of the Implantologist, personal maintenance, and the health of your teeth. There are cases where implants last a lifetime.

Restore Your Smile with Dental Bridge Treatment

Most people are familiar with dentures for replacing a full set of teeth, but what do you do when you’re only missing one or two teeth? Dental bridges offer a solution for replacing individual teeth and restoring dental function. To find out if you’re a candidate for dental bridges, or to discuss other treatment options, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Denver cosmetic dentist David Redford.

What Are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are a type of restoration used to replace missing teeth. There are different types of dental bridges but they are all used to “bridge” the gap between missing teeth. The different types of dental bridges include:

  • Traditional bridges: Traditional bridges are used to replace one to three missing teeth. They consist of one to three artificial teeth attached to two dental crowns, one on each end. In order to place a traditional bridge, there must be two healthy teeth next to the gap left by the missing teeth. These teeth are used to anchor the crowns of the dental bridge within the mouth.
  • Maryland bonded bridges: Maryland bonded bridges are similar to traditional bridges, but include artificial gums.
  • Cantilever bridges: Cantilever bridges are used when there is only one natural tooth to attach the bridge too. Cantilever bridges are a good option for those missing multiple teeth.
  • Implant-supported bridges: In cases where many teeth are missing, dental implants can be placed to anchor a dental bridge within the mouth.

Dental Bridge Candidates

Most people missing one or more teeth are suitable candidates for dental bridge treatment. Traditional dental bridge treatment doesn’t require surgery, making it safe for most missing teeth sufferers. Dental bridge candidates include those who relate to one or more of the following:

  • Missing teeth but not enough for dentures: Dental bridges are great for patients with one or more missing teeth, but who aren’t missing enough teeth to require dentures.
  • Unable to undergo surgery: Some people with missing teeth are not healthy enough to undergo dental implant surgery. Traditional dental bridge treatment is surgery-free, making it a good option for replacing missing teeth in those patients not healthy enough for surgery.
  • Those looking for fast tooth replacement: Dental bridge treatment is fast and requires zero recovery time. Treatment can be completed in as little as two dental visits, a much faster process than dental implant treatment, which can take six months or more to complete.
  • Those who do not want dental implant surgery: People who require missing tooth replacement but do not wish to undergo dental implant surgery are great candidates for dental bridge treatment. Dental bridges allow replacement of missing teeth without the use of surgery.

Find Out if You’re a Candidate for Dental Bridges

You don’t have to suffer with missing teeth. Dental bridges are just one of many options for replacing missing teeth. To find out if you’re a candidate for dental bridges, or to discuss alternative treatment options, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Redford.

Prices and Payment Options for Dental Implants

Dental implants have been growing rapidly in popularity as an effective way to replace damaged or missing teeth and restore a healthy and natural smile. If you’re a candidate for a dental implant, you may have questions about the cost, the role of dental insurance, and what payment options are available. Cosmetic dentist David Redford and his skilled staff at University Dental Arts are on hand to discuss your options and make dental implants work for you.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Before you can decide if dental implants are right for you, it’s important to understand exactly what a dental implant is. A dental implant procedure involves an oral surgeon embedding one or more “anchors” to your jawbone. Once the anchor has healed and properly fused to the jawbone, your cosmetic dentist can install an abutment and attach either removable or permanent prosthetics ranging from a single crown to bridges or dentures. A dental implant is much stronger and sturdier than traditional bridges or dentures, and is commonly regarded as the top of the line in tooth replacement.

Dental Implants and Dental Insurance

Most dental implant procedures are not fully covered by insurance at this time. With the availability of dental crowns and bridges, relatively new treatments like dental implants are often considered elective. The average dental implant tends to cost between $1,500 and $3,000 per tooth for the abutment and crown alone, plus additional costs for implant placement with an oral surgeon. But that price tag does not have to put the dental implant procedure you want out of the realm of possibility. While those who can afford it can certainly pay for a dental implant in one lump sum, most patients opt to work out a payment plan.

In Consideration of a Payment Plan

If your insurance does not fully cover the cost of dental implants and you cannot afford to pay for the procedure outright, you still have several options. You may consider paying with a credit card, or you may work out a payment plan with your dental office.

University Dental Arts is one of many dental offices that are receptive to financing extensive procedures like dental implants through individualized payment plans. A payment plan works in much the same way as a credit card – instead of paying in one lump sum, you are able to pay off the balance for your procedure little by little in monthly installments with nominal interest. A set up like this can make even expensive treatments much more manageable.

The Cost of Going Without

It is a fact that dental implants can carry a significant price tag. But when weighing your options, it is also important to weigh the costs of dental implants against the cost of ignoring your dental needs or opting for a lesser treatment.

Too many people put off necessary dental work for years, only to find themselves in need of much more extensive dental work in the future. By working with your dental office to work out a payment plan, a dental implant procedure can be within your reach.

Contact Your Denver Dental Implant Specialist Today

At University Dental Arts, cosmetic dentist David Redford is committed to restoring your smile and your confidence. Call (303) 534-7797 to contact our Denver dental office and discuss your dental implant payment options.

How Long Does the Dental Implant Treatment Process Take?

Teeth that are severely damaged or those that have been lost to damage or decay often create a source of embarrassment for our patients. Physical discomfort is also often a result of decayed or missing teeth. Even the simplest tasks can become difficult when the teeth are unhealthy. If tooth loss is left untreated, the gums and jaw bone will eventually suffer as well. So how can these problems be avoided? The best option is to replace lost teeth with stronger and more attractive dental restorations. In most cases, cosmetic dentist David Redford recommends dental implants to anchor these restorations. Dental implants can improve the strength, appearance, and function of the teeth while maintaining the strength of the jaw bone.

Dental implants require multiple stages of treatment that take place over a span of several months. Dr. Redford is happy to explain to Denver patients each stage of dental implant treatment in order to ensure that they are thoroughly prepared for treatment.

Stage 1: Consultation

Dr. Redford will personally consult with each patient to discuss dental implants in full, including the risks and benefits of treatment as well as what can be expected throughout the procedure. A thorough examination of the teeth, gums, and jaw bone will be conducted to determine if dental implants are an appropriate treatment. In order to undergo dental implants treatment, patients must have healthy gums and a strong jaw bone. If the jaw bone has deteriorated, a bone graft may be performed to prepare the jaw bone for dental implants.

Stage 2: Implants Are Placed

If a patient is a good candidate for treatment, Dr. Redford will refer them to a trusted and experienced oral surgeon or periodontist for placement of the implants. These professionals will surgically place implants based on the specifications created by Dr. Redford. The surgical implantation requires that a small hole be created in the gums and jaw bone so that the implant can be screwed into the implant site.

Stage 3: Osseointegration

After oral surgery, the gums and jaw bone will need time to heal. While the mouth heals, osseointegration will take place. Osseointegration is the process of the implants fusing with the jaw bone and this is what makes dental implants the most secure dental restoration.

Stage 4: Attaching Dental Restorations

Once osseointegration is complete, Dr. Redford will make impressions of the mouth so that dental restorations can be custom-crafted for the dental implants. Dr. Redford can anchor dental crowns, dental bridges, or dentures with the dental implants that have been placed. These restorations will be crafted to the aesthetic specifications of Dr. Redford so that they enhance the appearance of the smile while blending in with the natural teeth. Once completed, these restorations will be attached to the dental implants to complete treatment and restore strength and function to the teeth.

Schedule an Appointment

Dental implants are a secure and durable option when dental restorations are needed. If you would like to learn more about the dental implants procedure or are interested in learning if you are a good candidate for dental implants treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. David Redford at your earliest convenience. We look forward to meeting you!

Natural Looking Restorations for Dental Implants

Dental implant restorations offer a permanent and secure solution in tooth replacement. Dental implant restorations have the power to not only improve the aesthetics of your smile, but also the function of your teeth. If you are looking for a Denver cosmetic dentist for your dental implant restoration, we welcome you to schedule a consultation at University Dental Arts. In the meantime, here is an overview to help you decide if dental implant restorations are right for you.

Types of Dental Implant Restorations

Dental implants are surgically placed titanium posts, which act as a replacement tooth root. Dental implant restorations are attached to these posts to restore the look and function of your teeth. There are different types of dental implant restorations available to meet your specific needs. Dental implant restorations include single crowns to full sets of dentures.

Dental Crowns

For those only missing one or two teeth, dental crowns are a suitable option in dental implant restoration treatment. The process for using dental crowns for dental implant restoration includes surgically placing the dental implant post within the missing tooth socket of the jaw. The jaw is allowed time to heal and once healed, a permanent bond is formed between the bone and implant. Once fully healed, generally a few months later, the dental crown will be attached to the titanium post with an abutment to complete the treatment.

Implant-supported Bridges

Implant-supported dental bridges are another option in dental implant restorations. Implant-supported bridges are generally used to replace two or three adjacent teeth. With implant-supported bridges, a dental implant is placed to support the bridge. The bridge, which consists of two or three artificial teeth, will be attached to the implant to fill the space between the missing teeth . In cases when multiple teeth are missing, dental implants may be used to secure both ends of the bridge.

Implant-supported Dentures

For those requiring dentures, or, already wearing dentures, dental implant-supported dentures are a great option. Implant-supported dentures provide a secure, comfortable fit so you can eat your favorite foods and go about your daily activities with confidence. Implant-supported dentures attach within the mouth with three to five implants using either a metal stud or bar attachment. Implant-supported dentures can be removed for cleaning but will stay firmly in place while you eat and speak.

The Benefits of Dental Implant Restorations

For our patients in Denver, dental implants offer a number of benefits including increased confidence, aesthetics, and comfort. Here are just a few of the many benefits you can expect to experience with your dental implant restoration:

  • Increased confidence in the way your teeth look and feel
  • Enhanced aesthetics, as the dental restorations available at University Dental Arts are custom made to look natural and complement your face
  • Better function, as the dentures are permanently anchored down with dental implants
  • Improved comfort; no adhesives are required to keep the dentures in place

Schedule a Consultation

You can enjoy the comfort and confidence of having a full set of teeth. Schedule a consultation at University Dental Arts in Denver to see which dental implant restoration is right for you.

Implant-Supported vs Removable

Having a great smile means having teeth that look their absolute best. This is a difficult feat if you are missing multiple teeth, however. In order to address this, many people visit with a Denver cosmetic dentist in order to get dentures. Dentures can make a major difference in terms of dental health and dental aesthetics, and we’d like to look at this issue right now.

Problems Associated with Tooth Loss

When you are missing many teeth, your smile will obviously suffer in terms of appearance. Many people who are missing multiple teeth find that they are self-conscious about laughing, smiling, or even talking around people.

In addition, patients will notice major issues with the health and functionality of their mouth. For instance, when you are missing many teeth, it can be very difficult to eat certain foods. The gaps between teeth can actually pose problems to your remaining dental structures. Teeth adjacent to the gap or gaps can slowly shift out of position. Gum recession and bone loss in the area of the gaps is also common.

About Dentures

Dentures are dental appliances that are ideal for people missing many teeth. These artificial teeth are held in place by attaching to a patient’s remaining gum and jawbone structure. Patients can improve the hold and stability of dentures by using denture creams.

Ideal Candidates for Dentures

The best candidates for dentures are people who are missing many teeth in a row. People missing just a tooth or two in a row can usually rely on dental bridges for treatment. When many teeth are missing, dental bridges are no longer a viable treatment option.

About Dental Implants

Another option to consider is dental implants for supporting dentures. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into a patient’s existing jawbone and gum tissue. This allows for a hold that is very similar to natural teeth. This allows for greater bite strength and stability than traditional dentures, even when denture creams are used.

Ideal Candidates for Dental Implants

The best candidates for dental implants are people with sufficient bone structure and gum tissue to support the implants. These patients should be in good overall dental health and not suffer from any health conditions that would make oral surgery a risky proposition. Patients who do not have sufficient gum tissue or bone density may be able to undergo a gum grafting or bone grafting procedure to build up the necessary structures.

Are implant-supported dentures right for me?

The answer really depends on a number of factors. Many patients enjoy the overall stability provided by dental implants, but implant supported dentures are more expensive than traditional dentures. We’ll be sure to give you all the info you need to weigh your options carefully.

Other Options for Effective Dental Care

In addition to dentures and dental bridges, we can also replace missing teeth using Denver dental crowns. These are ideal for patients who are missing one or two teeth and are eligible for dental implants.

Learn More About Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry

For more information about all of your options for advanced dental care, we encourage you to visit our practice for a consultation today. Our entire team is eager to meet you in person and hopes to give you the information you need in order to make an informed decision about your dental health.