Dental Implants in Broomfield
While missing teeth can negatively impact beauty, prolonged gaps within the smile also take a toll on proper dental function and long-lasting oral health. Dental implants are a highly successful and reliable treatment that helps eliminate the many issues associated with missing teeth.
At Joseph Mazzola Dentistry, we combine over 25 years of expertise with modern in-office technology to better ensure successful placement and deliver beautiful restorations to complete your dental implant treatment.
We welcome the opportunity to restore your smile’s beauty and function while preserving oral and overall health. Contact us for your dental implant consultation today!
What Causes Tooth Loss in the First Place?
Although gum disease due to poor oral hygiene is the most common culprit for tooth loss in adults, tooth loss can also be the result of many different factors. Some of which include:
- Smoking and tobacco use
- Teeth clenching or grinding
- Sports injury
- Dental trauma or accident
- Dental decay
Whatever the cause for your tooth loss, it doesn’t have to become a life-long problem. Resolution with dental implants offers a comprehensive approach to tooth replacement. They provide safe, natural-looking, and highly successful results.
Contact Dr. Joseph Mazzola to find out if dental implants are the best solution for your smile!
Is it Really Necessary to Replace Missing Teeth?
Many don’t realize the significant connection that healthy teeth and proper jawbone volume have to their dental well-being and overall quality of life.
When teeth are missing, there’s no healthy tooth root to ensure your jawbone receives the constant stimulation it needs for proper volume and density. Prolonged tooth loss will result in gum tissue beginning to recede, as well as surrounding teeth shifting toward the sight of your missing tooth, often leading to a weakened jawbone and a prematurely-aged appearance.
From faulty chewing leading to improper digestion, impaired speaking, eating, and altered facial features, the repercussions of missing teeth can impact your oral health, and your overall quality of life.
When you choose to rebuild your smile with dental implants, missing tooth roots are also replaced. This makes for proper dental health, function, beauty, and quality of life to be restored.
What is a Dental Implant?
Since their first successful procedure in the early 1950s, titanium dental implants have been considered the most reliable method for replacing missing teeth.
A dental implant consists of a body-safe titanium post that serves as an artificial tooth root. There are three different parts that make up a dental implant; the implant post, the abutment, which is a screw-like piece that connects the post with the restoration, and the affixed prosthetic, such as a crown, bridge, or denture.
Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements which are surgically placed within jaw bone, creating reliable treatment.
Designed to mimic natural teeth as closely as possible, implants help support ongoing oral health and function by interacting with the bone just like a natural tooth would. Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements which are surgically placed within jaw bone, creating a reliable treatment.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Because the body accepts the titanium implant post, dental implants can successfully fuse with living tissue and bone in a process called osseointegration. It’s this fusing that helps make dental implant treatment so successful.
Essential stimulation is restored once more to the jawbone, putting a halt to any further damage to the gums, underlying jawbone, neighboring teeth, and other areas of the body.
As you can imagine, dental implants provide a wide variety of advantages because of their unparalleled versatility. Some of which includes:
- Look, feel, and function like natural teeth
- Prevent bone loss
- Keep adjacent teeth in place
- Prevent facial features from sagging & shifting
- Can last a lifetime with proper care
- Stop gum-tissue recession
- Improve chewing & speaking
In addition to the many health and functional benefits dental implants offer, they also provide enhanced confidence and peace of mind.
Are There Any Requirements for Receiving Dental Implants?
Just about anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine oral surgery with teeth and gums free of disease or infection can be considered for dental implants.
Patients must have enough jawbone density to hold the implant. If it’s determined during your implant consultation that you don’t have enough bone for successful implant placement, initial procedures, such as bone grafts can often increase your chances for dental implants.
Besides these factors, patients must also be committed to a strong oral hygiene routine and regular visits to the dentist.
Smokers, those suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders, such as diabetes or heart disease, or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head and neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis.
Increasing Your Chances of Candidacy with Bone Grafting
Bone grafting is a procedure often performed by an oral surgeon to improve the volume of specific jawbone areas affected by bone resorption.
This treatment involves offsetting the absence of natural bone in the jaw, be it bone from another area of the body of the individual or synthetic materials from another source.
The focus of bone grafting is to replace the patient’s bone by a process called tissue regeneration. These techniques increase the opportunity for those in need of dental implant treatment by enhancing the volume and health of the jawbone, improving the chances of success.
Although the name itself may come off a bit alarming, bone grafting is a highly reliable, trustworthy and common procedure that helps patients achieve a healthy, fully functioning smile.
What Can Be Expected from My Dental Implant Treatment?
When visiting our office for your dental implant consultation, we are happy to meet with you to discuss whether dental implants are right for you. During your implant process with us, you can expect the following:
Oral health examination – A gentle, yet detailed examination of your current oral health is conducted. This involves taking digital, X-ray images of the mouth, gums, jaw, and teeth. This is essential for catching any underlying issues and determine the health and volume of the jawbone.
The main focus of your examination is checking to ensure your mouth is free of disease and decay, and checking if jawbone volume is ideal for successful implant placement.
Implant placement – With the use of innovative, dental implant technologies, your dental team can ensure accurate dental implant placement. Dental Implants are carefully placed in the jaw by their skilled hands.
Healing time – Patients are given time to heal so the posts can properly fuse to the jaw, creating a strong and reliable foundation for your future personalized prosthetic. Typically healing time can be anywhere from three to six months.
Affixing your restoration– The type of restoration affixed to your dental implants relies on how many posts are needed. Patients are invited back to the dental office to have their prosthetic affixed to their dental implants.
3 Ideal Restoration Options for Restoring Missing Teeth
When it comes to restoring missing teeth to their ideal beauty, function, and health, you have many options. Common implant-supported restorations include crowns, partials, and dentures.
A crown is affixed to a single titanium post that serves as an artificial tooth root. For patients looking to replace a single missing tooth, an implant-supported crown is often an ideal solution.
At Joseph Mazzola Dentistry, we proudly provide CEREC® same-day crowns that are fabricated within a single visit and eliminate the need for faulty, temporary restorations.
Partials are for replacing several missing teeth by using the surrounding teeth as a sturdy foundation. When supported by implants, restores dental function while providing completely discreet results.
Dentures restore up to an entire arch of missing teeth. Traditional versions may use natural suction to stay in place or a special adhesive.
When secured by the implant, these appliances use four or more implant posts to establish a secure foundation for long-lasting durability and discreet results.
Still Not Sure if Dental Implants are Right for You? Call Us!
Please feel free to contact our Broomfield dental team today if you have any questions about dental implant treatment. We are happy to answer any concerns you may and set up your initial consultation!