Losing a tooth can be devastating.
It not only impacts your self-confidence because you might be embarrassed to smile or speak, but it can also affect your overall health by making it difficult to chew healthy foods.
The problems with a missing tooth don’t end there. A lost tooth affects the surrounding teeth, causing them to drift into the space where the tooth had been. This can lead to shifts in your bite and the fracturing of other teeth. The bone where the tooth is missing can begin to deteriorate.
The placement of a dental implant will prevent these problems. Dental implants closely resemble natural teeth and function similarly as well.
If you have experienced tooth loss, contact Burnham Oral Surgery to schedule a consultation to find out if you are a good candidate for this near-permanent tooth replacement.
A dental implant is the best solution for restoring missing teeth and maintaining a healthy mouth.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Used to replace one tooth or an entire arch, dental implants are made of titanium and placed into the jawbone where the root of the missing tooth would have been. Most people report minimal discomfort after implant surgery.
There is a period of healing after implant placement so it can integrate with your jawbone. Once the bone has healed and the implant is secure, Burnham Oral Surgery will send you back to your dentist to have a custom crown created that will fit onto your implant.
Dental Implant Technology
At Burnham Oral Surgery, we use advanced digital technology to both plan and place your implants. When necessary, we will obtain a 3-D image and use digital virtual surgery technology to ensure precise placement of the implant.
Some of the high-tech tools we use include 3-D imaging, CAD/CAM surgical guides, and digital scanning, which replaces messy impressions.
We will explain the procedure to you in detail so that you have a good understanding of all it entails.
Pro Arch (All on 4)
Patients who are considering or who already have a full arch denture might have concerns about slipping.
With Pro Arch, Dr. Burnham or Dr. Stearns places four implants into the appropriate areas of the mouth and then attaches dentures to the implants to keep them secure. Once the healing process is complete, patients no longer have to worry about slipping or clicking noises, which are sometimes associated with dentures.
Our team will discuss your anesthesia options with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate level of anesthesia. Your options may include:
- Local anesthesia, or numbing medicine, includes the Wand.
- Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is breathed in through a mask, with relaxation occurring within just minutes. It helps you feel calm and reduces anxiety and discomfort during your procedure.
- Oral conscious sedation provides two ways to help you relax as well as block pain by combining a sedative and an anesthetic during the procedure.
- Intravenous general anesthesia will enable you to sleep through your surgical procedure.
Find out if life-changing dental implants are the answer to your missing teeth. Contact Burnham Oral Surgery in Thornton, CO today to make an appointment!