Missing Tooth Replacement in Greeley, CO
It is estimated that at least 120 million people in the US are missing at least one tooth.
Missing teeth can have a tremendous impact on the quality of your life. At Norco Family Dental, we can help you replace a missing tooth with whatever option is best for you. Very often, that’s with a dental implant!
A dental implant is a screw placed in the area of the missing tooth that will integrate into your jaw and act as a tooth root. To complete the procedure, a crown is placed on top of the implant restoring both the form and function of your missing tooth.
- What Are Dental Implants?
- What Is the Dental Implant Time Frame?
- Benefits of Dental Implants in Greeley, CO
- Are You a Candidate for a Dental Implant?
- Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
- Will the Dental Implant Procedure Hurt?
- Schedule a Consultation at Our Greeley Dentist Office!
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement option that involves an implant screw that we place in the area of the missing tooth. It will integrate into your jaw and act as a new tooth root.
Dental implants are typically made of biocompatible titanium and fuse to your bone. To complete the procedure, a crown is placed on top of the implant, restoring both the form and function of your missing tooth.
Dental implants have three parts:
Dental implant screw—Thin titanium screw that can integrate with the jaw bone
Abutment—A tiny attachment that allows the implant to attach to a dental crown
Dental crown—The part of the implant that is visible to others and resembles a tooth.
Dental implants can replace an individual tooth or multiple teeth. If you have a full upper or lower arch of missing teeth, we can talk about a full-mouth restoration.
If that sounds simple, it's because it really is!
What Is the Dental Implant Time Frame?
While each situation can be unique, time frames generally proceed as follows:
- A tooth is extracted and a bone graft is placed to maintain an adequate bone level for future implant placement.
- In many cases, an implant can be placed immediately after the extraction.
- Four to six months later the implant is placed (if not placed immediately)
- Four to six months after the implant is placed, the crown will be placed.
Benefits of Dental Implants in Greeley, CO
Dental implants are the only permanent tooth replacement that is available to patients in Greeley, CO. There are numerous benefits, including:
Attractive Appearance—Dental implants look, feel, and function just like your natural tooth. Patients never have to worry about bulky or artificial-looking dental prosthetics
Clear Speech—Unlike with dentures, you'll never have to worry about ill-fitting prosthetics that might slip or fall out—making you slur your words or be hard to understand
Comfortable and Durable—Most tooth replacement alternatives rest above the gum line and can feel uncomfortable and alien. Implants become a part of you and don't have the discomfort of other tooth prosthetics
Eat What You Want—Dentures can make chewing difficult, but dental implants are just like your real teeth so you can eat any food and not have to secretly worry about things falling out
Increased Self-Esteem—If you ever felt embarrassed about a gap in your smile, implants will restore your smile and make you feel better about yourself
Better Oral Health—Because implants stimulate bone growth, they prevent major dental problems. Teeth do not shift towards a gap anymore, and implants are easy to keep clean
Long-Term Investment—The better you take care of your new investment, the longer it will last. Dental implants are a beautiful and strong restoration that can last for a lifetime.
A simple office visit with our dental implant dentists in Greeley can start you on your journey for improved oral health and an attractive smile.
Are You a Candidate for a Dental Implant?
The first step would be to contact us at Norco Family Dental and schedule a consultation with either Dr. Stewart or Dr. Buffington. Located in Greeley, CO, their state-of-the-art facility, radiographic equipment, and computer software allow them to design the type of implant, the placement, and the outcome of the procedure before it's even started!
So don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at all about whether a dental implant is right for you. The staff at Norco Family Dental is committed to making your experience the best you've ever had. From the initial phone call to the completion of a procedure, it is our goal to have you smiling!
Want to watch a movie? No problem! Drown out any sound with headphones and music? No problem! Need a blanket, some hot cocoa, perhaps a pillow for your head? No problem!
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
If you are missing one or multiple teeth, you might have noticed that chewing your favorite foods can be challenging. We want to get you back to the point where you can comfortably eat and chew without fear of your prosthetic falling out.
If you have good oral health, you are most likely a great candidate for dental implants. If your teeth have been missing for a long time, the tooth root that used to anchor the jaw bone no longer stimulates bone growth. The bone then starts to recede, often, by a 25% reduction in the first year. If the tooth is not replaced for a long time, there may not be enough jawbone that can support a dental implant.
If this is the case, Dr. Steward or Dr. Buffington may recommend augmentation treatments like a bone graft to rebuild a solid foundation.
We encourage our patients in Greeley to schedule an evaluation with our dental implant dentists, even if you have had a missing tooth for many years. We have many reconstructive dental processes that can create sufficient soft tissue and bone that can support the new implant. The best way to determine if implants are a good option for you is to have a conversation with Dr. Stewart or Dr. Buffington.
We can get you back to feeling confident and exploring all the foods you want!
Will the Dental Implant Procedure Hurt?
At Norco Family Dental, we appreciate how daunting the thought of oral surgery can sound. Most patients express how surprised they are at how little discomfort they actually feel throughout the procedure. Our dental implant dentists will make sure the site is anesthetized and numb, much like when you have a cavity filled.
We go above and beyond to make sure you feel comfortable and stress-free during each step. We offer sedation dentistry for those who need a little more relaxation.
When the procedure is over, and the anesthesia wears off, we may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers if you feel any discomfort. We will monitor your pain levels to determine if you need more potent pain relief. As with any surgery, there may be swelling and tenderness at the implant site, so just take it easy on your teeth for a few days.
Delay eating that celebratory steak for at least 48 hours! If you think something seems off or painful, please contact us right away. We will address anything that is concerning you immediately and get you back to a place of comfort.
Schedule a Consultation at Our Greeley Dentist Office
Contact Norco Family Dental regarding all of your dental care needs! We accept most insurance, and implant coverage is getting better and better! We have extended hours so that you can come in after work. We even work on Saturdays!
We are conveniently located right across the street from King Soopers on 71st and 10th in West Greeley. Dr. Stewart and Dr. Buffington have been best friends since they were 13 years old, and we guarantee they will make you laugh. Please call us today so we can welcome you to our extended family!