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 which 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.
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 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.
Restore Your Smile Today If you are missing teeth or would simply like more information about dental implants, please call our office at 970-672-4868. You can also contact us online through our site to set up your appointment, or to ask us any questions.