A healthy smile is important. If you need teeth extracted, or have missing teeth, you run the risk of experiencing jawbone resorption. This complication occurs when a tooth is missing for an extended period of time. The reason – your natural tooth root stimulates jawbone growth. But if your tooth is extracted or falls out, that jawbone stimulation doesn’t occur, in most cases causing the jawbone to shrink. This can affect the stability of adjacent teeth, and even cause them to fall out or require tooth extraction, too!
Centennial and Denver Metro area residents who are missing a tooth or teeth – or have been told they need a tooth extracted – often come to Dr. Williams of Williams Dental Implant and Oral Surgery for dental implants. This tooth restoration option functions like a natural tooth because the titanium implant is placed in and fuses with your jaw, stimulating jawbone growth. Additionally, the implant is covered with a realistic-looking crown.
When you choose implants as your tooth restoration option – either for one missing tooth, a whole arch of missing teeth, or an entire mouthful of missing teeth – you’re selecting the most state-of-the-art tooth replacement solution available. Best of yet, unlike with dentures that can slip and slide or bridges that can crack, implants allow you to chew or eat anything you want, from sticky taffy to hard and crunchy peanut brittle.
Tooth Replacement Options
|Tooth Replacement Type||Flipper||Denture||Bridge||Implant|
|How long does it last?||1-3 years||5-7 years||7-10 years||Lifetime|
|Do the teeth next to the missing teeth require work?||No||No||Yes||No|
|Where is the biting force transmitted?||Neighboring teeth||Neighboring teeth||Neighboring teeth||Bone|
|Does it prevent further bone loss?||No||No||No||Yes|
|Does it require several adjustments?||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Can it cause the loss of neighboring healthy teeth?||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
Centennial and Denver Metro area patients can select from a number of different options to replace your missing teeth – from temporary to long-lasting solutions.
What Are Dental Implants and How Do They Work?
Dental implants have the same main components as a natural tooth, built with both a root and a crown. The difference is an implant is constructed with strong and durable titanium material. Dr. Williams will first use an implant to replace the root. After a few weeks, the bone should be healed and grown around the implant, which is a critical step in successful dental implant procedures. In some cases, it may be possible to place a temporary tooth on the implant so you don’t have to walk around with a missing tooth all the time. After the bone has completely bonded with the titanium implant, a support post is placed on it, and a replacement tooth, known as the crown, is attached to the top of the support post. Once your dental implants are in place, you can use them and take care of them as you would your normal teeth.
Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental Implants
Replacing missing teeth is important not only for aesthetics but for your overall oral health. By choosing implants as your tooth restoration solution, you’re ensuring that you’ll have no further jawbone loss, which just may save your adjacent natural teeth.
Some patients who’ve had a tooth or teeth missing for a while may require a pre-surgery before having implants placed because they’ve already experienced some degree of bone resorption. Known as a bone graft, this pre-implant surgery helps “rebuild” your jawbone so your implants will be able to attach and strongly fuse with it.
Replacing All Upper or Lower Teeth – Or Both
If you need to have a total mouth restoration, or you want to replace your dentures with a more robust tooth restoration option, implants are a great choice. In this case, All on 4® implants can be placed on the upper and/or lower jaws. With this option, only 4 titanium implants are placed in each jaw arch, and dentures can be firmly secured to give you a smile you can be proud of.
Using Dental Implants for a Bar Attachment Denture
Some Centennial and Denver Metro area residents need to have a bar attachment denture placed. An alternative to All on 4® implants which also only uses 4 implants per upper or lower jaw, this option:
- Is a cost-effective solution for replacing a full arch or all of your teeth
- In many cases, reduces the need for jawbone grafting surgery
- Allows patients to heal faster because they only have 4 implants placed per jaw
Choosing Implants Over Other Tooth Restoration Options
While in the past you may have considered a dental bridge or dentures to replace missing teeth, today Centennial and Denver Metro area residents are choosing implants instead. The reasons include:
- Implants can last a lifetime when they are properly cared for
- Implants look and function just like natural teeth
- You can eat anything you want with implants, without the risk of dentures slipping and sliding or bridges cracking
Minimized Surgical Procedures
Dr. Williams’ goal is to make dental implant surgery as easy as possible for his Centennial and Denver Metro area patients. New advances in surgical techniques allow him to speed up the implant placement process and depending on a patient’s unique case, even allow the titanium implant to be placed and the permanent crown to be attached at the same appointment.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Dr. Williams and his team want to ensure you are comfortable and confident about your dental implant procedure. When you schedule a consultation with us, we’ll show you a brief video to demonstrate how the procedure will work, and then discuss an overall plan of action for you. Pricing, the timeline, and any other concerns will be addressed thoroughly and transparently before the actual procedure is scheduled.
We understand visiting any dental practice can be intimidating, especially when going through a procedure like getting dental implants. Dr. Williams and his friendly team want to make sure you are comfortable and have all of your questions answered before we work to provide you with a successful outcome.
About Dr. Bryce Williams
Dr. Williams first became interested in dentistry after suffering facial trauma as a child. He lost his front teeth and had to have multiple surgeries to have his teeth restored. Throughout the process, he learned more about dentistry than he ever thought he would, and his surgeon mentored him when he recognized his interest in the field. From that point on, Dr. Williams has dedicated himself to being the best possible oral surgeon to help his patients.
Williams Dental Implant and Oral Surgery has successfully completed hundreds of dental implant procedures for patients in the Centennial and Denver Metro areas. Don’t hesitate to give us a call or schedule an appointment online if you have a missing tooth at (303) 493-1933 . Time is critical, so the earlier we can address the issue for you, the better your overall health will be.