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?

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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.
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Denver Dentures and Implants | Single-Tooth Implants in Denver

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:

Consultation

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

Implant Placement

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.
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Denver Dentures and Implants | Single-Tooth Implants in Denver

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:

Comparison Aspect

Single-Tooth Implants

Dentures

Dental Bridges

Durability

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

Bone Preservation

Stimulates jawbone

Can lead to bone loss

No impact on bone preservation

Maintenance

Standard oral hygiene

Daily removal and cleaning

Similar to natural teeth but more prone to decay

Impact on Adjacent Teeth

No alteration needed

N/A

Requires altering neighboring teeth

Life-Changing Results

Same-day smiles from actual patients

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Cost and Financing Options for Single-Tooth Implants

At Denver Dentures and Implants, we are committed to providing high-quality dental solutions that are both effective and affordable.

  • Competitive Pricing: Our pricing structure is designed to be transparent, with no hidden fees, allowing you to plan your budget effectively.
  • Flexible Financing: We offer a range of financing choices to make the procedure more accessible. These include installment plans and an interest-free option for up to six months.
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Single-Tooth Implants Cost

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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.

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Longer-term options for lower payments (up to 96 months)

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many implants will I need?

The upper implant denture will need at least 4 implants. The lower implant denture will need at least 2 dental implants. The more implants you have, the more secure the denture will typically be. This is especially true for the lower denture. Three or four implants in the lower is generally much better than just two.

How much do implant dentures cost?

For pricing information on snap-in implant dentures click here!

I have had dentures for a long time, are implants still an option?

In most cases, yes! Our doctor will just need to see you for a free consultation, during which we will do a 3D CBCT scan of your mouth to see if you have enough bone for dental implants.

Will I get to use the implants (snap my dentures on to them) the same day of the procedure?

No, we must allow time for the implants to integrate with the 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 usually wait between four and six months before securing to your implants.

Will there be pain after the implants are placed?

While experiences will vary, you can expect some soreness and possibly swelling after the procedure. Many patients come in the next day for their post op appointment, reporting minimal tenderness. You will be prescribed pain medication to help relieve any discomfort.

Can I be put to sleep for my procedure?

Our practice does 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 you relax and often makes it so you don’t even remember the procedure. If you choose this, we will write a prescription, which you can pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: A driver is REQUIRED for the procedure, someone who can drive you once you have taken your oral sedation medication. You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking this medication.

Are implant dentures really secure?

Yes! Implant dentures are much more secure than dentures alone, and we are able to increase the retention with even stronger inserts if you prefer.

Can I remove the palate (roof of mouth) of this type of denture?

It depends. Ideally, we would need to spread out the dental implants in order 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 isn't always an option 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 covering the roof of the 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 finished and we are ready to attach to your implants, approximately 4-6 months after placement of your implants.

How often will my implant inserts require changing?

Usually once or twice per year. This often depends on how many implants you have, the strength of your bite, how frequently you take your dentures in and out, and multiple other factors.

WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT BITE YOUR DENTURES INTO PLACE ON YOUR IMPLANTS! This can wear out the inserts much 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? Must they be removed?

Tori are bony knots that develop in the mouth of some patients. Tori are not harmful, however, they might prevent your denture(s) from fitting comfortably, so the 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 mouth considers it a foreign object and attempts to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should stop within 2-3 days.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave the office, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for one to three days after the procedure. Additionally, you can expect to 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 our office.

A home remedy which still works quite well to help clotting and reduce bleeding is to use tea bags. Get a standard tea bag, dampen it, squeeze out the extra 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. The process can be repeated as many times as needed.

Do you offer this procedure with zirconia (non-metal) implants?

Our practice does not currently offer this type of implant. While titanium dental implants have been used for decades with a long track record of success, zirconia implants are very new to dentistry, so we do not know what their success will be long-term. We want the most successful, most predictable long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not use zirconia implants at this time.

Can food get lodged beneath my denture implant(s)?

Yes, any oral prosthetic will get some amount of food beneath it. The wonderful 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 much time should I take off work to recover after the procedure?

Every patient is different. Some return to work the following day, others wait up to two weeks. As there is always a chance of bruising and swelling, and you will need to get used to speaking and eating 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 snap-in dentures?

No, this is not just a procedure for seniors. It is very common for patients in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need teeth replacement. Replacing bad teeth can be extremely beneficial for your general physical health. Also, having teeth which allow you to have a confident smile, laugh, and converse can be very helpful for your psychological health. Again, wanting to replace teeth earlier in life is not uncommon.

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:

          - soups

          - yogurt

          - cottage cheese

          - smoothies

          - protein shakes

          - eggs

          - mashed potatoes (gravy optional)

Once I have my prosthetic teeth attached, will I know how to use them immediately?

Just as you would need practice in order to get used to walking with a prosthetic leg, you will need patience and practice to get used to your new replacement teeth. With that being said, since they are attached using implants, your dentures will be much easier to get used to than regular dentures.

Will I know how to talk with my new teeth right away?

Again, this will take some time, but with some patience and practice, your tongue and mouth will quickly adjust. The letter S will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing words like "sarcastic" and "seventy seven" can help you get used to your new teeth. Sometimes, patients might have a slight lisp long term with implant dentures.

Will my dentures still rock?

Some patients may experience very slight rocking with their implant dentures. For patients with 2 bottom implants, these will need to be placed in the front of your mouth making it possible for some rocking to happen. A dab of adhesive at the back on each side of the lower denture will usually correct 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.

Can I remove implant dentures?

Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them very easy. Just take them out; clean the denture(s), your gums, and implants; then 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
  • smoking
  • diabetes

If an implant fails within the first year, your dentist will replace it at no charge to you.

What is involved with maintaining implant dentures?

  • Snaps | Periodically you’ll need to replace the snap rings in the implant dentures. These wear and lose retention over time as you take your teeth in and out. They’re quick and affordable to have replaced.
  • Cleanings | Similar to natural teeth, you’ll need to have your implants professionally cleaned periodically. Any buildup on the implants will be removed and your dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth can still change over time, so the dentures may need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and ensure that unnecessary stress isn’t being put on the implants.
  • Home maintenance | It takes just 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, remember to clean the implants. Scrub these with a very soft dental brush too.

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By choosing Denver Dentures and Implants, you’re opting for a dental care provider that prioritizes quality, affordability, and patient satisfaction.

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