Before the development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth.

Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.

Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant, however. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.

Implants are so well designed, they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are usually made of a synthetic yet biocompatible material like metal or ceramic.

Single Tooth Implant
Dental Implant Bridge

All-on-4/Teeth in a Day

Teeth in a day, or an all-on-4 is a popular term for a treatment procedure used for patients with terminal dentition. In these cases, the upper or lower teeth are completely replaced with 4 or more implants using a specific protocol that allows the patient to walk away with teeth that very same day.

An all-on-4 treatment is designed to restore a patient’s entire smile in one day. However, not everyone is a candidate for the procedure. This procedure is truly designed for those who have terminal dentition in which traditional treatment methods are too costly or just not possible. Some examples include those who have dentures and are looking for something more fixed or natural, those who may require several implants, or others who need to replace several damaged teeth. If you feel that you might be a candidate, we can provide you with a comprehensive exam to determine what treatment is right for you.

Application Of Implants

Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. In some cases, metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure to connect the tooth.

Because implants require surgery, patients are administered anesthesia and if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure.

Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time. Good oral hygiene includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing every day, and visiting your regular dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and a checkup.

For more information about dental implants, or to schedule a consultation with the specialist, please contact Highlands Ranch Periodontics located here in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. We also serve residents of Wolhurst, Southglenn, Centennial, Lone Tree, and Columbine, Colorado as well.