Fill the Gaps in Your Smile with Dental Implants
Missing teeth can have a serious impact on your self-confidence and make daily tasks like eating and speaking challenging. If you are struggling with tooth loss, dental implants provide an excellent solution. These small titanium posts are surgically placed in the jawbone and support a range of restorations.
Dr. Jim Craig places and restores dental implants at his office in Aurora, CO. Our team is proud to provide comprehensive dental care in one convenient location.
Dental Implants Basics
Unlike other restorative dentistry options such as dental crowns and bridges, an implant-supported restoration replaces both a tooth and its root. This is important because the dental roots serve to stimulate the jawbone and keep it strong and healthy. Without stimulus, the jaw can degenerate, affecting the shape of your smile and your appearance.
Dental implants are anchored in the jawbone. They stimulate the jaw with each bite you take and help preserve its structure. Implant-supported crowns, bridges and dentures are affixed to their titanium posts. Our restorations (the solid dental crowns that sit atop the dental implants) are designed to look and function like natural teeth for the most realistic results.
Once they are embedded in the jawbone, dental implants can support all kinds of custom restorations. Whether you need a single missing tooth replaced or an entire upper or lower dental arch replaced, dental implants are widely considered the best option for permanently replacing missing teeth. We can even use dental implants to support full dentures.
“They’re amazing here. They really care about their patients…they’re always welcome you with a friendly smile. I love the way they always make sure you are comfortable before, during and after the visit. I’ve always hated going to the dentist but, going here has made me change my views on going to the dentist.” ~ Laticia R.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Though dental implants do not provide an immediate solution to tooth loss, they are widely considered the best tooth replacement option. Dental implants boast several noteworthy benefits, including:
Since dental implants are anchored directly into the jaw, patients can eat, speak and smile without worrying about their restorations falling or sliding out of place.
If you practice good oral hygiene, your dental implant can last for decades. Keep in mind that your restoration will need to be replaced in the future.
Lifelike appearance and function
Implant-supported restorations provide the most natural-looking results. They also function and feel like natural teeth.
Improved oral health
When dental implants take the place of lost tooth roots, vital nutrients are redirected back to your jawbone to improve its strength and create a strong bond, just as with a natural tooth.
The Treatment Timeline
Although the timeline will depend on the specifics of your case, treatment can take anywhere from three to six months. Dr. Craig typically divides the timeline into two major sections: placement of dental posts and attachment of dental restorations. If your bone tissue is too thin to support an implant, you may need a bone graft or sinus lift procedure to improve your candidacy. Though preliminary procedures will extend your treatment by several months, they are often integral to the success of your dental implants. Our dentist also provides Teeth-in-a-Day and All-on-4® options to replace a full upper or lower arch on the same day as surgery.
Traditionally, dental implants require several months to heal before the restorations can be attached. These custom restorations (dental crowns) are expertly crafted to blend with neighboring teeth. However, since our dentist also provides Teeth-in-a-Day and All-on-4 options, he can replace a full arch the same day as surgery. He can review the details of your treatment in more detail during your private consultation.
Strengthen Your Smile Today
Dental implants are a reliable way to rebuild your smile. If you are missing teeth, reach out to us here or call (303) 693-1215 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Craig. Together, we can determine if dental implants are the right solution for you. We welcome patients from Aurora, Colorado Springs, Denver, Lakewood, Thornton and bordering communities.