Dental Implants

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Dental Implants in
Lakewood CO

Losing your teeth can be disheartening. Whatever the cause, we’re here to help you find the best treatment for your specific needs. If you are considering implants, dentures, or other treatments to address the appearance and discomfort of missing teeth, keep reading below.
Callahan & Klein has several options for dental implants in Lakewood CO and we’re committed to helping you identify the option that is best for you.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a permanent and natural-looking solution for missing teeth. They are made out of a metal rod, which is installed in the jawbone, and a crown or bridge that attaches to this rod and creates the appearance of natural teeth.
Before dental implants, there was no fixed solution available for people who lost all their teeth. Today, it’s possible to replace a full jaw with dental implants and an attached bridge. The result is a permanent, stable and attractive solution that provides comfort, convenience and confidence. Implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. At Callahan & Klein, we highly recommend dental implants for patients who have experienced tooth loss.
We’ve outlined the best options for patients who have lost all of their teeth, multiple teeth, or just a single tooth. Keep reading below for more information about dental implants in Lakewood CO!
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When All Teeth Are Missing

For patients who have lost all of their teeth, we recommend a full arch replacement. This means that a full jaw of teeth is completely replaced by a fixed bridge that is attached to dental implants, which are installed in the jawbone.
Here are some of the benefits of a fixed bridge that is anchored to implants:
  • It allows you to eat and function as you would with natural teeth.
  • It is a solid, stable solution that will serve you for life.
  • It preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss.
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What Does the Treatment Involve?

The treatment procedure and number of visits required for a full arch replacement is largely dependent on your specific conditions. It typically takes several visits to fully install a fixed bridge. Most of our patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated.

The installation of a full arch replacement begins with the installation of dental implants. These dental implants are placed in the jawbone and replace lost tooth roots. When your dental implants are first installed, we will attach temporary teeth to them so that you can eat and function like normal while you wait for your permanent bridge to be installed.

The implants need to integrate with your jawbone before the permanent bridge can be attached. This usually takes several months.

Once the implants are fully integrated, the permanent bridge can be installed. With a full jaw replacement, it normally takes multiple dental visits to completely attach the bridge.

Once fully installed, your new teeth should be hard to distinguish from natural teeth, both for you and others. People who have had traditional dentures before getting a fixed bridge often describe this as an overwhelming and very positive experience.

This course of treatment is one of several options available. Contact us to find out what the best solution is for you and your specific condition.

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Alternatives to a Fixed Bridge

If a fixed bridge is not right for you, you can consider a removable overdenture. This is a removable full denture that is anchored on dental implants. The implants help keep the denture in place and provide better function and comfort.

A removable overdenture is less expensive than a fixed bridge, and cost is usually the reason why this solution is chosen over a fixed bridge.

Your standard removal denture is another alternative to a fixed bridge. These loose dentures are placed on top of the gums to cover lost teeth. They are not fixed with dental implants. The two advantages of this method is the low price and easy installation. The complaints for this method are numerous: discomfort when eating, poor esthetics, affected speech, and sore gums from denture movement. A full denture placed on the upper jaw also severely reduces the sense of taste.

We typically recommend other services over removal dentures.

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When Multiple Teeth Are Missing

If you are missing multiple teeth, we recommend a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants.
Having dental implants replacing your lost back teeth will give you renewed strength and stability that allows you to eat what you want. It will also preserve your jawbone and facial appearance. Unfortunately, traditional dentures cannot offer the same stability or function. They also do not help to preserve your jawbone.
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What Does the Treatment Involve?

The process of installing a fixed bridge for multiple missing teeth is similar to the process of installing a full arch replacement.. After the initial examination, you can expect several additional visits until the final fixed bridge is permanently attached.

It is normal to experience some minor bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissue after installation. Any discomfort can usually be treated with an ordinary painkiller, and you can expect to be able to work the next day.

When a Single Tooth is Missing

When both a tooth and its root are damaged or missing, the best permanent replacement is a dental implant with a ceramic crown. This solution looks and functions just like a natural tooth!
In this case, a “one-piece implant” is used. All components are installed as a single unit, which results in an immediately fully-functioning tooth. It also means that you will have a shorter treatment time and minimized pain.
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What Does the Treatment Involve?

The procedure for installing a single dental implant normally includes four visits to our office. You should expect to be able to work the day after having the implant installed.

At your first appointment, we will take x-rays of your mouth to examine the affected area and prepare for the procedure.

We can then install the dental implant in your jawbone. We’ll provide you with a temporary tooth that you can use while the implant integrates into your jawbone. This process usually takes 1-2 months.

Once the implant is fully integrated, we will attach your new crown. The new tooth is installed for life, and no additional treatment is needed.

You can expect your new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth. Perform your usual dental hygiene routine and keep the tooth and gum around it clean and healthy.

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Alternatives to a One-Piece Implant

If you decide against a one-piece implant, you can instead consider a tooth-supported fixed bridge. In this treatment, we will prep the teeth adjacent to the area of your missing tooth. Those teeth will be used to support a bridge.

This is a stable solution with good esthetics and function, and it is fairly easy to install. However, this alternative forces us to modify healthy teeth on behalf of the bridge.

You can also try a removable partial denture. This is easily and quickly installed and relatively inexpensive, but it is not a permanent alternative to a lost tooth. It is unstable and loosely attached, which affects both function and comfort. A removable partial denture is made of plastic – a material that can't create the same esthetic result as a ceramic crown.

Finally, you can also consider a resin-bonded bridge. This alternative has some clear advantages: it is quickly installed, functions well and, since it is made of ceramic, it has a natural appearance. Unlike a tooth-supported fixed bridge, a resin-bonded bridge does not affect healthy teeth. However, this solution is not very permanent. The resin-bonded bridge will eventually come off – probably after just a couple of years – and it will have to be reinstalled.

What is the Cost of Dental Implants Near Me?

As you can see, the kinds of dental implants available vary widely. The cost of your implants will depend on multiple factors, including but not limited to the number of teeth that you are missing and the kind of implant that you choose. For example, a single implant will cost significantly less than a full arch replacement.
To learn more about how much dental implants cost for you, reach out to us by phone or email. We’re happy to discuss your specific needs and explore the financing options that are available for you.
We always like to remind patients that although the initial cost is high, implants last a lifetime and can greatly improve your comfort level. If you’re considering making this investment in your oral health, contact us about implants today!