Dental Implants - Colorado Springs
The Gold Standard for Tooth Replacement
We understand that your smile makes up a large part of your identity, which is why we offer a dental solution we think will make a huge difference not just in your confidence to smile, but when performing tasks you may have missed out on due to tooth loss. There is nothing quite like dental implants thanks to their durability, longevity, and natural appearance. Learn how a dentist in Colorado Springs can rejuvenate your smile and your life!
Why Choose Exceptional Smiles by Gregory M. Solich, DDS for Dental Implants?
- All-inclusive implant care: placement & restoration under one roof
- Implant surgery provided by in-house specialist: Dr. James Orban
- Restorations custom-made for every patient
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants work to correct and prevent future oral health problems typically associated with tooth loss. Not only can you experience the added benefits of having a more diverse diet, but you can prevent other teeth from shifting, lower your risk of gum disease and decay, and keep your bite more even. Uneven bites increase your risk of teeth rubbing against each other, leading to enamel erosion. It also puts additional stress on your jaw joints, leading to headaches and jaw/facial pain. Replacing your teeth prevents these issues.
Because dental implants replace teeth all the way down to the root and integrate with your natural bone, your jawbone will continue to be stimulated. This prevents it from shrinking, allowing you to keep the fullest biting force possible. Furthermore, implants have a success rate as high as 98% over a 10-year period. With daily oral care and routine dental visits, you can eat, speak, and smile with confidence!
Indications for Dental Implants
Dentists have many techniques to replace single teeth, multiple teeth, and even entire arches with dental implants, but not in the way you’d think. Here’s how they make it happen.
Missing Single Tooth
To replace a single tooth, you’ll only need one implant and one implant-retained restoration placed on top. The restoration is attached via an abutment, which is a connector that keeps the restoration stable.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If you have lost three or four teeth, causing a large gap in your smile, we can utilize a dental bridge specifically designed to fit with dental implants. Instead of buffing down natural teeth and hollowing out the restoration to fit over them, the teeth on either end are simply fitted with dental implants. The restorations in between them are then held in place by the adjacent implant-retained crowns.
Missing All Teeth
If you’re used to wearing a denture, you’ll be happy to learn that replacing the entire arch only takes between four and six implants to accomplish. Once strategically placed, we can customize your denture to connect to implants, either to make an overdenture that’s removable or a fixed denture, similar to a bridge, otherwise known as a hybrid denture.
In some cases, patients may not have enough adequate, healthy bone structure to support the placement of a new dental implant. As a result, Dr. Orban may recommend bone grafting as a crucial first step of the treatment process. This process involves the transfer of healthy bone material (either from another part of the patient’s body or a tissue bank) to the surgical site in question in order to encourage the development of new, durable bone.
By combining Platelet Rich Proteins (PRP) or Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) with a new bone graft, Dr. Orban can promote faster, more successful healing for patients in need. PRF and PRP are both obtained and created by using the patient’s own blood cells and tissues, and they serve as the ideal matrices for bone grafting material. While PRF is a fibrous material, PRP is a liquid sample that’s separated into plasma, red blood cells, and white cells.
Start to Finish Convenience
Most other dental offices have to send their patients to an outside specialist in order for them to have their implants placed, usually adding time, expense, and stress to the process of rebuilding the smile. To save our patients this hassle, we bring the specialist to you! Dr. James Orban can complete the placement procedure right here at Exceptional Smiles, and then Dr. Solich can attach a patient’s brand new, custom-made restorations on top. This means patients can get everything they need in one convenient location while always working with the same team they know and trust.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Everyone’s implant treatment cost will vary depending on a few different factors, particularly the number of implants and restorations needed for placement and fabrication. However, other costs that can influence the total price include:
- The cost of surgery
- Additional components for placement such as the abutment
- Necessary treatments to make placing implants viable. These may include bone grafts or sinus lifts which also add to the total surgery cost.
It’s important to note that dental implants are a long-term investment. With proper care, they can easily last 30 years to a lifetime without requiring replacement or special maintenance. This cannot be said for other replacement options like traditional bridges or dentures.
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