Do missing teeth impact your ability to interact confidently with others and enjoy life? Have you given up your favorite foods because tooth loss makes it hard to chew?
Here at Five Parks Dental, we focus on solutions. If you need to replace missing teeth, we’re pleased to offer complete dental implant services—from placement to restoration—here at our comfortable Arvada dental office.
What Is a Dental Implant?
An implant is a dental prosthetic that replaces an entire tooth, from root to crown. A tiny titanium implant post is placed surgically in your jaw; a connector piece called an abutment is attached to it, and a crown, bridge, or denture completes your smile.
Dr. Jesse Jenkins can use implants to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Using hybrid or All-on-4 dentures, she can even replace an entire arch of missing teeth using just a few implants.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
A complete and healthy-looking smile is the most obvious benefit of dental implants, but there are several others to consider:
- Protects the structure of healthy teeth: As a standalone tooth replacement, implants don’t require the support of other teeth to stay in place.
- Promotes strong, healthy jawbone: Bone loss commonly occurs after tooth loss, and the jawbone starts to shrink. Tooth implants stop this process because they stimulate healthy bone regeneration in your jaw.
- Improves facial appearance: Tooth and bone loss results in a sunken facial appearance that ages you. With a dental implant and strong, healthy jawbone, your face retains a full, youthful appearance.
- Helps prevent further tooth loss: Tooth and bone loss affect surrounding teeth too, and missing teeth can even lead to additional tooth loss.
Steps for Getting a Dental Implant
You will appreciate the continuity of care possible with a dentist in Arvada who provides full dental implant services. Dr. Jenkins plans your treatment, places your implant post surgically in your jaw, and restores it with a crown bridge or denture.
First, Dr. Jenkins takes digital x-rays and uses 3-D cone beam imaging (CBCT) to determine the quality and quantity of bone available into which she can place the implant.
Next, she plans the precise placement of your implant using customized 3-D surgical guides that eliminate guesswork. The result is a smooth, stress-free implant placement procedure that takes about an hour at our comfortable Arvada dental office.
The healing process comes next and takes anywhere from 3-8 months. During this period, the titanium implant post heals and fuses with bone and tissue around it.
Dr. Jenkins will check on your progress periodically as your implant heals. When it’s stable, she places a natural-looking tooth restoration to complete your smile.
Bone Grafting and Sinus Augmentation
Have you been told you aren’t a good dental implant candidate because of jawbone loss? Our dental implant dentist offers bone grafting to build up the bone in your jaw and make it possible to get an implant in the future. We will be happy to discuss this procedure with you and determine if bone grafting is the right choice for you.
Want to Learn More about Dental Implants in Arvada, CO?
If you are thinking about replacing missing teeth with dental implants, Dr. Jesse Jenkins and her team at Five Parks Dental would love to hear from you! Please call us at (303) 456-4745 to schedule an appointment to get started.