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Dental Implants – Denver, CO

Setting a New Standard for Replacing Teeth

People have managed to find ways to replace their teeth for centuries, but there’s never quite been a solution like dental implants. It’s the only kind of tooth replacement option that restores the entire tooth – both the portion above the gums and the underlying roots. When we can’t give you your real teeth back, dental implants from our Denver, CO dentist can be the next best thing! Call us today to set up an implant consultation with Dr. Luke and Dr. Kingsberg.

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Why Choose Riviera Family Dentistry for Dental Implants?

What are
Dental Implants?

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If you saw a dental implant by itself, you might think that it looks more like a screw than something meant to replace teeth. The function of an implant post is to hold a restoration in place, and to that end it needs to be placed in the jaw so that it can integrate with the bone. Implants can be used to replace any number of teeth, and they offer the added benefit of preserving your jawbone density while also strengthening and stabilizing your new tooth.

The 4 Step Dental Implant Process

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Unlike dentures and dental bridges, getting dental implants requires a multi-step process that takes several months. This may seem like quite a bit of time, but after you consider the long-term benefits, you will see that they are well worth the wait! We complete the entire dental implant process in our office. While every patient’s treatment is different, here are the 4 main steps that you can expect during the process of restoring your smile with dental implants.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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The first step when it comes to restoring the appearance and function of your smile is to schedule your consultation with us. At this time, we will examine your smile and surrounding facial structures. This will allow us to determine whether or not dental implants are an ideal option for you, as well as where and how the implants should be placed. Some people need to undergo preliminary treatments before they can get dental implants. This includes bone grafting, gum disease treatment, and tooth extractions. Once these treatments are complete, we can move on to planning the rest of your implant treatment. We’d be happy to walk you through the process, including the timeline and cost.

Dental Implant Surgery

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Dental implant placement surgery is relatively straightforward. After we numb your mouth with a local anesthetic, a small incision will be made into the gum tissue to access your jawbone. The implants will then be placed at precise locations and angles. Lastly, your gums will be closed up, and protective caps will be placed over the dental implant posts to keep them safe during the healing process.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment Placement

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Over the next 3 to 6 months, the fusion process between the implant and jawbone, also known as “osseointegration,” will take place. This way, your implants will have a sturdy foundation so your replacement teeth will be able to stay firmly in place. Once this process has been completed, we can place a metal abutment on top of the implants. This fixture will allow us to connect your restoration to your implant.

Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations

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A few weeks after your abutment has been placed, your restoration should be ready to go. You can return to our practice where you will receive your new crown, bridge, or denture (depending on the number of teeth you are having replaced.) At this point, we will make sure that your bite is comfortable, and you will be sent on your way to enjoy all the benefits of your restored smile!

Benefits of
Dental Implants

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Dental implants aren’t necessarily right for everyone, but those who are considered good candidates for the procedure can take full advantage of the benefits they have to offer. Other dental restorations fill in the gaps in your smile, but they don’t account for the missing tooth roots the way dental implants do. That means that implants will give your teeth a number of unique advantages. We can go over the benefits of the implant process in more detail while we’re discussing your tooth replacement options during an initial consultation.

Day-to-Day Benefits

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You’ll use your new teeth every day for common tasks like chewing and talking. You’ll therefore enjoy the following benefits on a daily basis if you choose dental implants:

  • Improved Confidence: It’s not uncommon for denture wearers to feel self-conscious about their teeth coming loose or slipping at awkward moments. Dental implants don’t move at all, and they feel natural in the mouth, so they can help you feel more confident during your day-to-day activities.
  • No Diet Restrictions: With dentures, you generally have to be careful around sticky, hard, or otherwise tough to chew foods. Dental implants don’t require the same level of caution because the chewing power they provide is enough to handle all of your favorite meals, meaning there’s no need to radically change your diet.
  • Easy Maintenance: Unlike other tooth replacements, dental implants don’t require much in the way of special maintenance. They only require good oral hygiene habits and regular dental checkups – in other words, exactly the sort of things you already do to take care of your natural teeth. The fact that maintenance is so simple makes it easier to keep your mouth healthy for life.

Health Benefits

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Getting dental implants can make a significant difference for your oral health. Some of the most notable advantages include:

  • Improved Nutrition: A varied diet is one that allows for the best nutrition possible. Since dental implants have no dietary restrictions, they make it that much easier to enjoy a nutritious diet.
  • Prevents Bone Loss: Dental implants help stimulate the jawbone, which stops the body from removing materials from the area. By stopping bone loss this way, you can maintain a strong jawbone and a younger facial appearance.
  • Protects Natural Teeth: Teeth tend to drift into empty space in your mouth, but filling in the gaps with dental implants will prevent this from happening.

Long-Term Benefits

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You’ll continue to enjoy the benefits of dental implants for many years to come. Here’s how they can continue to help you even after several decades:

  • Longevity: Implants last far longer than other tooth replacements. It’s not unheard of for a dental implant post to last the rest of a patient’s life without ever needing to be replaced.
  • High Success Rate: You can count on your dental implants staying right where they are for years to come. The success rate is as high as 95% even 20 years after the initial placement.
  • Cost-Effective: Since dental implants don’t have to be replaced as often as traditional restorations, that means you’re less likely to need to pay for new ones.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

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Dental implants can help virtually anyone who has lost a tooth. We just need to confirm that your jaw has a sufficient amount of bone tissue to support the posts and that there are no untreated health issues that could disrupt the process. After preliminary treatments are complete, a specific kind of dental implant restoration – a crown, a bridge, or dentures – will be recommended based on the level of tooth loss that has already occurred.

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Missing Single Tooth

Replacing a single tooth is simple. We just need one implant post along with a dental crown. An implant crown is seen as an alternative to a traditional bridge that would require the removal of natural enamel. Implant crowns can be made to perfectly mimic the size, shape, and color of real teeth without making any changes to the rest of your smile.

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Missing Multiple Teeth

We need to consider our options carefully when replacing more than one tooth. Using individual implant posts for each one is possible, of course, but in the event that three or more consecutive teeth need to be replaced, getting a bridge supported by a pair of implants is the cheaper, more efficient solution.

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Missing All of Your Teeth

Are you tired of dentures that are constantly popping, clicking, or even slipping out of place? Implant dentures are supported by an appropriate number of posts and are a more secure and health-conscious alternative to traditional dentures. About 4 to 8 implants can support a denture.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Dental implants have quickly become one of the most popular dental treatments, however they are considered a long-term investment. This is a highly customized treatment, which is why the price can dramatically vary based on your specific needs. Our team will do everything we can to make your treatment as affordable as possible – contact us if you have any questions. Until then, read on to learn more about the cost of dental implants in Denver.

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

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Preliminary treatments like gum disease, tooth extractions, and bone grafting will add to the overall cost of your implants. However, this is a vital step in order to ensure the success of your replacement teeth. Next, you’ll have your implant surgery, which will incur its own cost. Thankfully, we provide implant placement and restoration in-house. This allows you to enjoy simple and compact fees instead of keeping up with costs from your dentist and an oral surgeon.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

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The number of implants you need will affect your cost. While a single dental implant will cost less than 4 to 6 for an implant denture, the implant denture will be more cost effective than replacing each tooth individually. Typically, the larger the restoration required, the higher your price is. Dental implants will also vary in size depending on where they are placed in your mouth by our implant dentist in Denver. The size and material (zirconia or titanium) will contribute to the overall cost of your treatment. And, just like cars, there are different brands and models of dental implants that cater to the unique needs of different patients. Contact our office to learn more about the specific materials we use to restore smiles!

How Dental Implants Can Save You Money

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While dental implants do tend to cost more than traditional options, they can actually help you save money in the long run. Unlike dentures that need to be replaced every 5 to 7 years, dental implants can last for over 30 years or even the rest of your life. This helps you avoid extra dental care and replacements as well as the cost that comes with it. Additionally, dental implants stimulate the jawbone to keep it strong, which helps you maintain any natural teeth you have left. This will also keep you from spending more on additional tooth replacements.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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Usually, dental implants in Denver are not covered by dental insurance. However, there are some exceptions. Our friendly team will always do our best to maximize your insurance benefits to help you save. Portions of your treatment may be covered, including preliminary services and a percentage of your final restoration. We are happy to communicate directly with your insurance to make the process as easy as possible.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

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If you don’t have dental insurance, there is no need to worry! At Riviera Family Dentistry, we are committed to making our quality dental services cost-effective. That’s why we have special offers and alternative financing options. We partner with CareCredit and Sunbit financing to offer low-to-no interest payment plans. You can choose a monthly plan that works best for your budget and start right away. We can’t wait to help you achieve a full, healthy, and beautiful set of teeth at a price you can afford!

Dental Implant Failure & Salvage

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While dental implants usually boast an impressive success rate of 95% or more, even 10 years after being placed, it doesn’t mean they’re immune to complications. If your titanium posts start to feel uncomfortable or loose, this could mean your implant has failed. Fortunately, our team can help preserve your results with dental implant salvage treatment!

Learn more About Dental Implant Failure & Salvage

Dental Implants Post-Op Instructions

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When you’re preparing to have dental implants placed, you should take the time to learn about what will happen during the recovery process. Most people only need one or two days of rest before returning to work, but it can take up to two weeks for the mouth to fully heal (and the implant posts will need even more time to fuse with the jaw). Below are some tips that will help ensure that everything goes as planned while your mouth is recovering after implant surgery. 

What to Do Directly After Dental Implant Surgery

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As part of the healing process, a blood clot will form in the area where surgery was performed. Protecting this blood clot should be one of your main focuses during the initial part of your recovery. It’s highly advised that you:

  • Swallow your saliva instead of spitting it out.
  • Drink beverages directly out of the glass instead of through a straw.
  • Stay away from any form of tobacco.
  • Keep your fingers and tongue away from where the blood clot is located.

Common Side Effects When Recovering from Dental Implant Placement

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Our team will give you an overview of the side effects that commonly occur after dental implant surgery; that way, you’ll know which symptoms are normal and which warrant a call to our office. Some side effects you’re likely to experience include general discomfort (which can be managed with over-the-counter medication), intermittent bleeding (which can be stopped with gauze), and swelling (which can be kept down with an ice pack or cold compress).

Your Diet After Dental Implant Surgery

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After dental implant surgery, you should only eat soft or liquid foods. Pasta, yogurt, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, and cold soups can all be healthy choices. Ice cream and smoothies can also make for nice treats. (Just be sure to eat your smoothie with a spoon instead of using a straw.) You can start adding more solid foods back into your diet once your mouth has sufficiently recovered.

Post-Op Health & Oral Hygiene

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In addition to brushing like you normally would, you should also start rinsing with salt water multiple times a day. You may use mouthwash as well, but make sure it’s free of alcohol first. Your goal should be to keep your mouth as clean as possible to reduce the risk of an oral infection.

What to Do After Your New Teeth Are Attached  

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The above information covers the recovery process following your dental implant surgery. But what can you expect when you have your final crown, bridge, or denture attached to your implant posts? Fortunately, this step is much simpler; for many patients, the only notable side effect is some slight gum sensitivity. At this point, you should start being able to fully enjoy the advantages of dental implants.

If swelling or bleeding occurs after you receive your replacement teeth, contact our office immediately. Such symptoms aren’t normal and warrant a thorough oral examination.

Dental Implant FAQs

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Dental implants are a lifechanging tooth replacement option for people who are missing one or more teeth, but it pays to be well-informed about the procedure before committing to it. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about dental implants. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, give us a call! We’d be happy to answer your questions and get you started with an initial consultation.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

This depends on the health and lifestyle choices of the patient. To ensure that dental implants last, it’s important to brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash each day as well as attend regular cleanings and checkups. It is also a good idea to avoid chewing on things that are particularly hard or sticky. With proper care, dental implants can often last upwards of three decades. This is several times longer than traditional bridges and dentures.

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

The jawbone doesn’t have many nerve endings, and the mouth is numbed with a local anesthetic before the procedure begins. You are also likely to be sedated which will lower your body’s ability to register pain. Ultimately, you shouldn’t feel any pain during your procedure. However, your mouth may be sore for a few days afterwards. To manage discomfort, take recommended over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers as directed. Cold compresses may also be able to help. If discomfort worsens instead of improving after two or three days, give your dentist a call.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from Dental Implant Surgery?

You should be able to resume your normal activities the day after your surgery. Avoid strenuous exercise for the first week or so, as this can delay healing. Bleeding should stop after the first couple of days, and swelling should discontinue after three to four days. Take all medication from your dentist as directed. It may take up to six months for your implants to fuse with your jawbone.

Can I Get Dental Implants If I’m Diabetic?

If your diabetes is under control, your odds of dental implant success are generally comparable to those of nondiabetic patients. Uncontrolled diabetes and chronic high blood pressure can slow down the healing process, making it more difficult for your implants to integrate with your jawbone. If you are interested in getting dental implants, talk to your endocrinologist or primary care physician about getting your blood sugar levels under control before moving forward in the dental implant process.

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