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Dental Implants in Fort Collins

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Fort Collins Dental Center provides dental implants in Fort Collins, CO. Call 970-482-1477 to learn more and schedule an appointment.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are today's most lifelike replacements for missing teeth. Dental implants combine excellent strength and durability with an attractive appearance. The implant post bonds with the jawbone, creating a solid replacement that feels and looks natural.

Types of Dental Implants

  • All On X: This innovative system replaces all upper or lower teeth with custom-fitted dentures that sit on four to six implants. The implants act as supports for the fixed denture. All On X does not require as much bone density as regular single-tooth implants.
  • Straumann-Neodent Implants: We use advanced implant materials from a leading manufacturer. They perform better and last longer than comparable single-tooth implants.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Restore Your Chewing Ability

If you have missing teeth, you know how difficult it is to chew. With implants, you can finally stop "chewing around" gaps in your teeth. You will also lose any possible discomfort or sensitivity while chewing.

Eat Anything You Want

With dental implants, you don't have to restrict what you eat. With other forms of tooth restoration, like dentures, you must be careful with chewy, sticky, hard, or crunchy foods.

Preserve Your Jawbone Mass

Missing teeth cause the jawbone to deteriorate around the empty socket. The jawbone relies on the stimulation it receives from chewing to stay healthy. Without jawbone stimulation, bone loss begins. The bone can lose as much as 25% of its mass in the first year after losing a tooth, with more lost in the following years. If you have had a missing tooth for some time, you may need a bone graft to bulk up your jawbone before receiving an implant.

Promote Better Oral Health

Dental implants keep your other teeth from shifting. When teeth move, they may become crossed and crooked. Crooked teeth are much harder to keep clean through brushing and flossing, and your chances of tooth decay and gum disease could increase.

Restore Your Appearance

With all of these health benefits, it is worth remembering that dental implants also have cosmetic benefits. Dental implants are attractive replacement teeth and can contribute to a healthy smile.

Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

People who are good candidates for dental implants have the following:

  • Missing teeth or damaged teeth that need extraction
  • No untreated gum disease
  • No untreated tooth decay
  • Sufficient jawbone mass

If you have gum disease or tooth decay, the dentist will discuss addressing these problems before you receive dental implants. You can receive a dental bone graft if you do not have sufficient jawbone mass.

Why Choose Fort Collins Dental Center?

Fort Collins Dental Center is a modern, forward-thinking practice with highly experienced dental professionals. Dr. Martin has received countless hours of training from a top implant dentist in the country and has attended numerous implant-related continuing education courses.  Dr. Martin has also served as a mentor for other doctors learning to place implants.  Our office treats every family member, and we provide high-tech care with a personal touch. We want you to feel comfortable and relaxed in our office.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

How does the dentist install single-tooth implants?
Dental implant surgery sounds intimidating, but patients report it is much easier than expected. First, the dentist opens the gum at the implant site. They then screw the implant post into the jawbone. They add a stainless steel abutment on top and close the gums over the implant to allow it to heal. When the implant has fully healed, it is time to install the dental crown that completes the restoration. The implant surgery typically takes about one to two hours.
How long does the dental implant process take?
The implant process typically lasts five to nine months, starting with tooth extraction and ending with the final crown placement. If a tooth has been missing for extended periods, a bone graft may be necessary to strengthen the jawbone. The bone graft adds a few months to the beginning of the process.
How long do dental implants last?
The crown on top of a dental implant should last between five and 15 years. The crown may need periodic replacement over the long life of the implant. The implant post itself may last a lifetime with proper care.
What is the main aesthetic goal of traditional methods of filling in gaps?
The main aesthetic goal of traditional methods of filling in gaps is to give the appearance of having normal and natural teeth. These methods focus on improving the visual aspect of the smile rather than providing a functional and long-lasting solution like dental implants do.
What special care is required for dental implants?
Dental implants do not require any additional special care beyond maintaining good oral hygiene practices. This includes regular brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist for check-ups and cleanings, just like you would do for natural teeth.
How do dental implants address bone degeneration?
Dental implants can actually stop bone degeneration. When an implant is placed in the jawbone, it stimulates the surrounding bone tissue, preventing it from deteriorating. This helps maintain the overall health and integrity of the jawbone.
Why can dentures be inconvenient and uncomfortable?
Dentures can be inconvenient because they need to be removed at night, which may disrupt a person's routine. Additionally, dentures that slip can be uncomfortable to wear and can even cause embarrassment in social situations.
How do dental implants avoid sacrificing healthy teeth in the vicinity of the gap?
Unlike traditional methods, modern implant technologies used in dental implants do not require sacrificing healthy teeth in the vicinity of the gap. This is because the implants are directly anchored into the jawbone, eliminating the need to rely on neighboring teeth for support.
Is dental implant surgery complex or relatively simple?
Dental implant surgery is relatively simple, considering the complexity of the dental implant's function. Patients often report that it is much easier than expected. The entire procedure typically takes about one to two hours.
What can be placed and fixed over the dental implant once healed?
Once the gum and bone have healed, a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, or even a removable denture can be placed and fixed over the dental implant.
How long does the dental implant need to heal before further treatment?
The dental implant needs to heal for a period of a few weeks to a few months, depending on the severity of the procedure.
What is the initial assessment process before dental implant placement?
Before placement, a dentist will take X-rays to assess the condition of the available bone and determine the type of implant needed. If additional bone is required, a bone graft can be performed to add more bone to the jaw area.
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