Denver Dentures and Implants: Your Path to a Complete Smile
Welcome to Denver Dentures and Implants, where we specialize in providing top-notch dental solutions that are both affordable and personalized. If you’re considering a single-tooth implant in Denver, you’ve come to the right place. Our unique approach combines state-of-the-art technology with a bespoke touch, setting us apart from our competitors.
What Is a Single-Tooth Implant?
A single-tooth implant is a dental prosthetic designed to replace a missing tooth, offering a permanent and natural-looking solution. Unlike other oral replacement options like dentures or bridges, this implant is surgically anchored into your jawbone, providing unparalleled stability and function.
Here’s a more detailed look at what a single-tooth implant involves:
Components of a Single-Tooth Implant
- Implant Body: Made of biocompatible titanium, this screw-like component is inserted into the jawbone and serves as the root for the artificial tooth.
- Abutment: This is a connector that is fixed on top of the implant body. It serves as a base for the crown.
The Procedure of Single-Tooth Implant
At Denver Dentures and Implants, the single-tooth implant procedure is straightforward and typically completed in one visit.
Here’s what you can expect:
During the first visit, your dentist will conduct a thorough oral assessment, which may include X-rays and possibly a CT scan, to evaluate the condition of your jawbone and surrounding teeth.
- Timeline: 1-2 hours on the first visit
After the consultation, the actual implant procedure takes place. The area is numbed with local anesthesia, a small incision is made in the gum, and a titanium implant is surgically inserted into the jawbone. The incision is then stitched up.
- Timeline: 1-2 hours on a separate visit, typically a few weeks after consultation
Abutment and Crown
An abutment is attached to the implant once it has fully integrated with the jawbone (known as osseointegration). This serves as the base for the crown. A custom-made crown is then fixed onto the abutment, completing the restoration of the missing tooth.
- Timeline: 1-2 hours, usually 3-6 months after the implant placement to allow for osseointegration
Am I a Candidate?
Most patients are candidates! We’ll just need to see you for a quick consultation to say for sure. At this appointment, we’ll take a 3-dimensional scan of your jawbones, the doctor will perform an oral examination of your mouth, and they will go over your medical history in detail with you.
How Many Implants Will I Need?
Upper | An upper implant denture requires at least 4 implants.
Lower | A lower implant denture requires at least 2 implants, although 3 or 4 typically provide a significant improvement in retention and stability.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for a Single-Tooth Implant?
Dental implants are a versatile solution that can benefit a wide range of individuals. While they are particularly popular among older adults looking for a long-lasting and natural-looking tooth replacement, they are also a viable option for younger people who may have lost a tooth due to injury, decay, or other dental issues.
The ideal candidate for a single-tooth implant typically has:
- Good Overall Health: Being in good general health is essential for the surgical procedure and healing process.
- Healthy Gums: A strong gum line is crucial for the implant’s success.
- Sufficient Jawbone Density: Adequate bone material is needed to anchor the implant securely.
- Commitment to Oral Hygiene: Proper care and maintenance are vital for the longevity of the implant.
Comparing Single-Tooth Implants, Dentures, and Dental Bridges
When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, you have several options, each with its own set of advantages and drawbacks. To help you make an informed decision, we’ve compiled a comparison table that outlines key aspects of each option.
Here’s how single-tooth implants stack up against dentures and dental bridges:
Lifetime with proper care
Needs replacement after 5-10 years
Needs replacement after 5-15 years
Natural Look and Feel
Mimics natural teeth
May look less natural
Natural but requires support from adjacent teeth
Can lead to bone loss
No impact on bone preservation
Standard oral hygiene
Daily removal and cleaning
Similar to natural teeth but more prone to decay
Impact on Adjacent Teeth
No alteration needed
Requires altering neighboring teeth
Single-Tooth Implants Cost
This pricing is the best in the area while also providing the best final result. We are able to achieve this by having a highly trained dentist who performs the entire procedure from start to finish along with a highly trained in-house dental lab technician. They have performed this procedure from start to finish together more times than they can count.
Available Financing & Payment Options
Dental implants are an important investment in yourself, and having the option to break this investment down into monthly payments can help make these life-changing services more accessible and easier to fit into your budget. We work with multiple financing providers to offer payment plans to cover either all or part of your dental implant procedure.
Longer-term options for lower payments (up to 96 months)
Interest-free up to 6 months
Longer-term options for lower payments (up to 60 months)
Option to apply with a co-applicant increases chance of approval
Why Choose Denver Dentures and Implants?
Selecting the right provider for your single-tooth implant is crucial. Here’s why Denver Dentures and Implants is your ideal choice:
- Personalized Care: Our clinic combines the efficiency of a large chain with the personalized touch of a private practice, ensuring you’re comfortable and informed throughout your treatment.
- On-Site Technician and Dental Lab: Our on-site facilities enable quicker and more efficient services, maintaining high-quality standards while keeping costs reasonable.
- Comprehensive Treatment Options: We offer a range of dental implant solutions, including specialized procedures like All-On-4, to meet your specific needs.
- State-of-the-Art Technology: We utilize cutting-edge dental technologies to ensure precise implant placement and optimal results.
Transparent Communication: We provide detailed treatment plans, cost estimates, and timelines to set clear expectations with our patients.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many implants will I need?
An upper implant denture requires at least 4 implants. A lower implant denture requires at least 2 implants. The more implants you have, the more stable your denture will generally be. This is especially true with the lower denture. Three or 4 implants in the lower is usually much better than 2.
How much do implant dentures cost?
For pricing information on snap-in implant dentures click here!
I’ve had dentures for a long time, can I still get implants?
In many cases, yes! We’ll just need to see you for a free consultation, during which we will do a 3D CBCT scan of your jaw to see if you have enough bone for dental implants.
Will I get to use my implants (snap my dentures on to them) the same day they’re placed?
No, we must allow time for your implants to integrate with your bone. This is what makes your implants truly stable and will help ensure you enjoy many years or decades of use out of them. We typically wait between 4 and 6 months before attaching to your implants.
Will there be pain after the procedure?
While experiences will vary, you should expect some discomfort and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the next day for their post op appointment reporting very little discomfort. You will be prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort.
Can I be put to sleep for my procedure?
We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer both oral & IV conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. This medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you don’t even remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver for this procedure, someone who can drive you after you have taken your oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.
Are implant dentures really secure?
Yes! They are much more secure than dentures alone, and we are able to increase the retention with stronger inserts if you prefer.
Can I remove the palate of the denture (roof of mouth)?
It depends. Ideally, we would need to spread the dental implants out to be able to remove a portion of the palate in a snap-in denture. With our All-On-4 procedure, we can guarantee the ability to remove the palate, but that's not always the case with snap-in dentures.
When we are able to remove the palate, this increases the ability to taste for many patients, and also increases hot and cold sensitivity, making for a more natural experience. For those patients with a severe gag reflex, removing the palate of the denture can also help provide relief.
When can I have the palate (middle part that covers roof of mouth) removed from my denture?
If you are a candidate for a palate-less denture, it will be removed from your final denture. This is after healing and osseointegration are complete and we are ready to attach to your implants (appromximately 4-6 months after placement of your implants).
How often will my implant inserts need to be changed?
Typically 1 to 2 times per year. This will depend on how many implants you have, how strong your bite is, how frequently you take your dentures in and out, and several other factors.
WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT BITE YOUR DENTURES INTO PLACE ON YOUR IMPLANTS! This will wear out your inserts significantly faster. Only place your implant dentures in by hand.
What is alveoloplasty? Why is it important?
Alveoplasty is a procedure where the doctor contours your jawbone. This procedure is important because it can significantly improve the fit and comfort of your dentures.
What are tori? Do they need to be removed?
Tori are bony knots that develop in the mouth of many patients. They are not harmful, however, they can prevent your denture(s) from fitting comfortably, so your doctor will often recommend having them removed.
Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?
This is completely normal when you first have a prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your body senses it as a foreign object and is trying to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should subside within 2-3 days.
How long will I bleed after the procedure?
Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. In addition, you will most likely notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding continues, please call the office.
An old home remedy that still works really well to help clotting and stop bleeding is the use of tea bags. Just get a regular tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the excess water, place it on your extraction site or sites, and the bags will help you clot. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they get saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as you need.
Do you offer this procedure with zirconia (non-metal) implants?
We do not currently offer this type of implant. While titanium implants have been around for decades with a long track record of success, zirconia implants are very new to the market, so we do not know what their success will be like long-term. We want the most successful, most predictable long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not offer zirconia implants at this time.
Can food get under my implant dentures(s)?
Yes, any prosthetic in the mouth will get some amount of food under it. The great thing about implant dentures is how easy they are to clean. Just take them out; clean the denture(s), your gums, and implants; and snap them back in.
How long should I take off work for recovery after my procedure?
Every patient is different. Some return to work the next day, others wait a week or two. Since there is always the chance of bruising and swelling, and you’ll need to get used to eating and speaking with your new teeth, the longer you can take off, the better.
What is a soft liner?
A soft liner is a cushion we place inside your denture to help it fit and feel better as your mouth heals and changes shape following extractions.
Am I too young for this procedure?
No, this is not just a procedure for the elderly. It’s actually quite common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be hugely beneficial to your overall physical health. Also, having teeth that allow you to confidently smile, laugh, and converse can be hugely beneficial to your emotional health. Again, needing to replace teeth early in life is not uncommon at all.
What items should I have ready for after my procedure?
- Ice packs
- Wash cloths you don’t mind throwing away
- Comfortable clothes you don’t mind throwing away
- Soft foods such as:
- cottage cheese
- protein shakes
- mashed potatoes (gravy optional)
Once I have my implant teeth attached, will I know how to use them right away?
Just as you would need practice in order to get used to functioning with a prosthetic leg, it will require some practice and patience to get used to your new prosthetic teeth. With that being said, since they are attached with implants, your dentures will be much easier to get used to than regular dentures.
Will I know how to speak with my new teeth right away?
Again, this will take a little time, but with some patience and practice, your mouth and tongue will quickly adjust. S’s will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing words like “Mississippi” and “sixty six” will help you get used to your new teeth. In some cases, patients may have a slight lisp long term with implant dentures.
Will my dentures still rock?
Some patients may experience very slight rocking with their dentures. For patient who have 2 lower implants, these must be placed in the front of the jaw making it possible for some rocking to occur. A dab of adhesive at the back on each side of the lower denture will usually take care of this.
I can’t stand having the roof of my mouth covered. What are my options?
In this case, your best bet would be the All-On-4 procedure. Not all snap-in dentures can have the palate removed.
Are implant dentures removable?
Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them very convenient. Just take them out; clean the denture(s), your gums, and implants; and snap them back in.
Can implants fail?
While titanium dental implants do have a 95+% success rate, yes, they can still fail. Some of the things that can cause them to fail:
- failure to integrate into the bone
If an implant fails within the first year, your dentist will replace it at no charge to you.
What is involved in maintenance of implant dentures?
- Snaps | Periodically you’ll need to change out the snap rings in your implant dentures. These wear and lose retention over time and as you take your teeth in and out. They’re quick and affordable to have changed out.
- Cleanings | Just like with natural teeth, you’ll need to have your implants cleaned periodically. Any buildup on your implants will be removed and your dentures will be cleaned.
- Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth will still change over time, so your dentures will need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and ensure that unnecessary stress isn’t being put on your implants.
- Home maintenance | It only takes a few minutes a day. Take your dentures out 1-2 times per day and brush them with a denture brush or very soft bristled toothbrush. Also, don’t forget to clean your implants. scrub these with a very soft dental brush also.
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