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Replace Missing Teeth and Enhance Your Smile with Dental Implants

If you are seeking teeth replacement, either for a single tooth or to replace a full arch of missing teeth, dental implants provide unparalleled strength and durability, and offer additional health benefits that cannot be matched by other options. Providing high-quality restorative dentistry, Dr. Stephen Brown places dental implants at our Greeley, CO, practice, delivering predictable, long-lasting teeth replacement solutions for his patients.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Boasting the highest success rate of any alternative, dentists worldwide consider dental implants to be the number one solution for missing teeth. A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically positioned into the jawbone. Once the implant has fully fused to your bone, it can support dental crowns, bridges, and snap-on dentures. While conventional bridges and dentures fill the gaps left behind by missing teeth, they do not preserve jawbone density. Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots, actively stimulating the jawbone to prevent bone loss, which is a natural consequence of tooth loss. Once the restoration is attached, the result is a stable, durable, and long-lasting teeth replacement option, providing both aesthetics and function. 

Dental Implant Durability

Dental implants deliver a predictable and long-lasting tooth replacement solution

Traditional Dental Implant Treatment Process

Your specific treatment plan will be determined by your unique needs and goals. Dental implants can be used in a variety of ways to replace one or more missing teeth. Regardless of how your new implants will be utilized, the overall process is similar. Once Dr. Brown creates your custom treatment plan, you can schedule an appointment for the placement of your new implants. Here are some things you can expect during your treatment process:

Dental Implant Placement
The day you arrive for the placement of your dental implants, you will be escorted to a comfortable treatment room for preparation. To numb the gums, local anesthesia will be administered to make sure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. A small opening will be made in the gums in preparation for the dental implant. During implant placement, you may feel slight pressure. Once the implant is in place, you may require stitches to protect the surgical site.
Immediate Recovery
Although some discomfort is to be expected with any oral surgery procedure, many patients experience little to no pain after dental implant placement. Dr. Brown will prescribe any necessary medications. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, can be taken to alleviate any discomfort and reduce swelling. Additionally, a cold compress can be gently placed on the external surface of the surgical area during the first 24 hours.
Healing Period
After your implants have been placed, they will heal for approximately four to six months before any restoration can be attached. This allows for osseointegration to occur, the process in which your jawbone fuses to the titanium surface of the implant. This approach allows for maximum stability so the implants are successful long-term. Since each patient is unique, healing times may vary.
Placement of Restoration
After the healing period is complete, your new restorations can be connected to your implants, providing an attractive and long-lasting solution.

Full-arch Restoration with Dental Implants

Patients who are missing all or most of their teeth can significantly benefit from dental implants. Sometimes, patients with traditional dentures do not have the security or stability they desire, finding it difficult to eat, chew, and speak with confidence. Dental implants can provide support for fixed full-arch bridges or dentures, offering exceptional function and aesthetics. The prosthesis is attached to tiny connectors (abutments) that secure it firmly in place. In some instances, such as cases performed using the All-on-4® dental implant technique, the restoration can be affixed to the implants during the same appointment.

Benefits of Dental Implants

The advantages of dental implants are numerous, combining a natural-looking result with health and function. Some of the benefits you can enjoy when choosing dental implants include:

  • Improved Function: Dental implants function just like your original teeth, so you can eat your favorite foods with confidence.
  • Improved Health: Since dental implants restore your bite to normal function, they prevent serious dental issues such as periodontal disease and further tooth loss.
  • Beautiful Aesthetics: Implant dentistry offers the latest in technology to provide an attractive and natural-looking smile. Dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from original teeth.
  • Bone Preservation: Since implants encourage bone growth and prevent jawbone recession, natural support and structure is retained. This helps avoid the sunken look that many patients experience after tooth loss.
  • Durability: Dental implants provide the most predictable teeth replacement option and typically last a lifetime with proper care.

Am I a Candidate for Implants?

Utilizing advanced digital imaging, Dr. Brown will create a personalized treatment plan that will appropriately address your needs.

To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, patients should schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown. During this appointment, he will conduct a full evaluation of your gums, teeth, and oral health. In order for implants to be successful, you must be in general good health and free of more serious issues, such as periodontal disease.

Utilizing advanced digital imaging, x-rays and scans will be taken to assess the underlying bone and determine the most favorable locations for your implants. Dr. Brown will create a personalized treatment plan that will appropriately address your needs.

Schedule A Consultation Today

If you are interested in dental implants as a teeth replacement option, schedule an appointment at our practice. During your visit, Dr. Brown will review all of the details concerning dental implants, including techniques, benefits, costs, and recovery. Contact us online or call our office at (970) 353-6249.

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I am very pleased with the service I received at Dr. Brown's office. All the people there are very nice and easy to work with. I would refer anyone to this office, I am very happy with my dental work done here.

-Barbara S.
Greeley, CO