If you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants may be just what you have been looking for! A dental implant is a small titanium post which acts as an artificial tooth root for a missing tooth.
Once delivered and healed, a dental implant provides a strong foundation upon which a crown or cap may be placed.
Implants can also be used to anchor complete dentures. Implant-supported teeth look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.
A Safe Solution with a High Success Rate
Implant dentistry is extremely safe and has been used in dentistry for nearly 40 years. Modern dental implants have success rates approaching 95 percent. They have a number of other benefits over traditional replacement teeth such as fixed bridges or removable dentures.
With a bridge, your dentist shaves down teeth next to your missing tooth to create space for the restoration. In addition to removing perfectly good tooth structure, shaving teeth down for a bridge may irritate the nerves. Shaving teeth can also increase the risk of decay of adjacent teeth, leading to future root canals or failure of the bridge.
With dental implants, the teeth next to the missing tooth are not touched, and since implants are made of titanium they will never decay. With dentures, stability and staying in place during eating and talking is always a concern. Dental implants can be used to stabilize loose dentures, giving denture wearers confidence to eat and smile again! In some cases implants can completely eliminate the need for removable dentures! Dental implants have a great chance to work for long periods of time with good oral hygiene and regular visits to your general dentist.
Candidacy and Requirements
Gum disease (Periodontal disease) is the leading cause of tooth loss. Maintaining healthy gums through good oral hygiene will extend the life of your natural teeth. However, half of Americans over 30 years old still develop some form of periodontal disease.
Symptoms include swollen gums, bright red gums, gums that bleed easily, pain when chewing, new spaces developing between your teeth, bad breath and bad taste in your mouth, loose teeth or lost teeth.
In some situations where teeth have been missing for a long time, the bone below the missing tooth site may have deteriorated. In these situations, a ridge augmentation bone graft procedure or a sinus lift bone graft procedure may be needed to provide enough bone to place the implant.
In some cases, patients can avoid the need for preparatory procedures with personalized All-on-4® implant placement. Dr. Shumaker, and Dr. Allen carefully evaluate each case and will consult with you about what treatment is necessary to produce ideal results for your implants treatment.
Multiple dental implants with bone grafting.
Specializing in Implantology
Dr. Shumaker and Dr. Allen are some of the most experienced and qualified implant surgeons in Northern Colorado. Our in-office computerized tomography (CT) scanner allows us to more accurately diagnose and plan treatment for dental implants. Our doctors are board-certified diplomates of the American Board of Periodontology, a specialty that includes dental implant surgery.
Dr. Shumaker is one of the few Diplomates of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) in Colorado. ICOI Diplomate status is the highest honor available from this international implant organization and is only provided to clinicians who pass a rigorous oral examination. Doctors must present over 50 carefully reviewed long-term implant cases of increasing levels of difficulty.
Our doctors are proud to place two of the leading dental implant systems in the world. We place Nobel Biocare® dental implants and BIOMET 3i™ dental implants. These dental implant systems are backed by years of long-term clinical studies with an excellent track record of success. For more information on types of implants from the world’s two largest dental implant manufacturers visit www.nobelbiocare.com or www.biomet3i.com.