The self-consciousness caused by missing teeth may be impacting many areas of your life. When you are too embarrassed to smile, you may have trouble interacting with others in a confident manner. The dentists and staff at Cherry Creek Dentistry want you to love your smile. If you are missing teeth, we want to help you find the best way to replace them, and dental implants are one of the best tooth replacement alternatives available.
Drs. John and Olinga Hargreaves are Board Certified by the American Board of Oral Implantology and American Academy of Implant Dentistry. The ABOI/ID Diplomate designation assures you that you are seeing a dentist who holds the highest level of expertise in implant dentistry. When you choose an AAID-credentialed dental implant dentist, you can be confident that you have chosen an expert who has the extensive education, training and experience required to successfully achieve your dental implant needs. To learn more about dental implants, please call us at (303) 758-7676 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Olinga Hargreaves or Dr. John Hargreaves. We serve the entire Metro Denver and surrounding areas.
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Dental implants provide a total replacement of a missing tooth, from root to crown. Considered the gold standard of tooth replacement options, dental implants mimic the look, feel, function and fit of a natural tooth, combining optimum cosmetic dental benefits with performance and durability.
A dental implant replaces the root of the missing tooth. The main elements of a dental implant include:
- Root: The titanium post is anchored in the bone replacing the missing tooth root. This replacement is what differentiates dental implants from dentures and bridges. When you lose a tooth root, the bone in that area begins to resorb and shrink from lack of stimulation which is often what causes a shrunken jaw appearance in some elderly adults. The presence of a tooth root – or the presence of an implant – keeps the bone stimulated and healthy.
- Abutment: This piece connects the root to the crown. It may be made of titanium or porcelain. It attaches to the implant and will sit above the gums, where a tooth restoration will be placed over it.
- Crown: The tooth restoration is the replacement of the visible "crown" of the tooth. It's what shows when you smile. Dental implants can be restored with single dental crowns, an attachable dental bridge or attachable dentures. The dental restorations used by our dentist offer both optimal aesthetics and functionality.
Dental implants provide the perfect combination of ideal function, form and comfort. Dr. Olinga Hargreaves and Dr. John Hargreaves will determine if dental implants are an appropriate solution for your tooth replacement needs and thoroughly explain all of your treatment options.
Unlike other tooth-replacement options, a dental implant replaces the root of the missing tooth as well as the crown. This makes implants a strong, long-lasting alternative to other replacement methods. Dental implants also help to keep your jawbone strong and healthy as it supports your new replacement tooth.
For good candidates, there are many benefits to choosing dental implants, they:
- Look like real teeth
- Feel like real teeth
- Provide an optimal chewing surface
- Provide a highly secure fit
- Have the potential to last a lifetime
- Have a high success rate
Dental implants aren't right for everyone. Dental bridges or dentures may work better for you. Because there is more than one option, it is important to meet with a caring, skilled dentist who will explain all of the options that will work for you. Our dentist will then help you choose the one that meets your expectations.
Dental implants are permanent solutions to missing teeth that improve the look, function and health of your smile. However, they aren’t always the best option for every patient. The only way to know if you are a candidate is to visit the experienced dentists at Cherry Creek Dentistry.
Typically, the main aspects of good candidacy include:
- Missing one or more teeth
- Desire to replace missing teeth with a durable, long-lasting option
- Generally good overall health
- Willingness to commit to the length of treatment, which potentially takes several months or longer from start to finish
- Willing to cease smoking, if you are a smoker
The list above is a general overview of candidacy, and by no means a substitute for meeting personally with one of our experienced implant dentists. During your initial consultation, we will conduct a thorough dental evaluation and discuss your options.
In certain cases, patients lack sufficient bone in the area to support an implant. In these instances, the risk of implant failure is high. If you do not have adequate bone structure to accommodate a dental implant, you may be a good candidate for a bone grafting procedure, which augments bone in a targeted area. Fortunately, we perform bone grafting procedures right here in our office.
Failing to replace missing teeth can have significant consequences, such as:
- Weakened neighboring teeth
- Receding gums
- Inability to eat properly
- Diminished jaw bone
- Hollow, drooping cheeks with little or no tooth support
When a tooth is lost, the root no longer stimulates the jaw bone. This causes bone loss and gum recession. In turn, neighboring teeth are weakened, which can then collapse, causing a chain effect which can lead to even further tooth loss. Additionally, without crucial tooth support, your lower face will begin to look hollow and the skin will begin to sag.
Missing teeth can also cause issues with eating and speaking. It may become challenging to chew properly and pronounce certain words, depending on which tooth (or teeth) is missing.
You'll first visit us for a consultation exam and any diagnostic x-rays necessary during which one of our experienced dentists will make sure you are a good candidate.
Then the actual placement process begins:
- The first step is a surgical procedure to place the implant in the bone beneath your gums. Using advanced technology and CT scan, our dentists will have simulated exactly where they want the titanium implant placed.
- The next phase is called "osseointegration." That term refers to the fusing of the implant with the bone. During the healing process after surgery, your bone will accept and adhere to the post, creating a very durable bond. This can take several weeks or longer, but it's essential to the long-term performance of your dental implant. You may have a temporary tooth restoration during this time.
- Next you will receive the abutment and tooth restoration. The replacement teeth are color-matched to your natural enamel for a seamless result.
Your dental implants should last for decades, potentially a lifetime, without issues. As long as you are healthy, practice good dental hygiene and visit the dentist for your routine checkups.
If you want dentures with enhanced stability, then implant-supported dentures may be a good option. You will receive a customized, aesthetically pleasing denture that snaps onto a series of dental implants. Special attachments connect the implant to the denture. These dentures may be removable or fixed in place, depending on the circumstances of your situation.
Wondering about the maintenance of dental implants? Another great thing about them is that they do not decay however, implants can get periodontal disease or “lose bone” if not properly maintained. You must continue to brush, floss, and get regular professional cleanings and routine x-rays. Continue to brush, floss and visit the dentist for routine cleanings and x-rays. Keep your gums healthy and strong by practicing great oral hygiene.
Dental implants tend to be one of the longest-lasting ways to replace missing teeth. With good home care, routine professional maintenance and x-rays, and avoidance of bad habits (such as smoking), your dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime.
The cost is variable. When you visit our office, we will go over all aspects of the cost with you. We also offer financing options including CareCredit, which offers affordable financing.
At Cherry Creek Dentistry, complex oral surgery, including bone and tissue grafting, as well as implant dentistry, is our specialty. Surgical dental procedures are performed right here at our office, ensuring that you receive optimal care by the dental team who personally knows you, your goals and your unique oral condition.
With advancements in medical technologies and comfort, Cherry Creek Dentistry remains at the forefront of dental excellence by using only the highest quality of techniques and equipment. In the field of implant dentistry, our experienced dentists are second to none. Both Dr. Olinga Hargreaves and Dr. John Hargreaves are Board Certified Implantologists as Diplomates by the American Board of Oral Implantology / Implant Dentistry, Fellows of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and Diplomates of the International Congress of Oral Implantology.
While many patients seek our exceptional dental care based on the outstanding credentials and beautiful results of our dentists, it is our compassion and highly-individualized patient care that earn the respect and recommendations of our loyal patients. Our outcomes and reviews speak for themselves.
Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today
Your implant dentist is in charge of managing the entire process. It is important to choose one whom you trust. We encourage you to schedule a comprehensive initial consultation and office tour with us, so you can meet our dentists and get to know us. We want you to learn about our qualifications, skills and customer service as you choose a dentist. To arrange your visit, please call our office at (303) 758-7676. We help patients from Metro Denver and surrounding areas.