dental implants

Dental Implants

Missing teeth can create problems in virtually all areas of your life, from maintaining proper nutrition to feeling confident

At Colorado Premier Dental, we can replace missing teeth with dental implants – biocompatible posts that function just like tooth roots

What makes dental implants the preferred method of tooth replacement?

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Enjoy Improved Stability and Function with Dental Implants

Lasting Benefits

When properly placed, dental implants can provide a lifetime of stability and oral health benefits. In fact, dental implants can last upwards of 40 years with proper care.

Enhanced Oral Health

Losing teeth can have a serious impact on the health of your jaw. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option which can slow or even halt tissue loss in the jaw.

Restored Function

Dr. Brian J. Polidori can place your implants and attach a custom restoration which fully restores both the function and appearance of your teeth, allowing you to feel confident about your smile.

Take a look at how implant placement works...

Feeling embarrassed about tooth loss?

Missing Teeth Is a  Common Problem for Adults

Dental implants are a suitable tooth replacement option no matter how many teeth you are missing...

You Can Also Convert Your Existing Restoration

If you previously chose a traditional method of tooth replacement such as conventional dentures, it is not too late to ask your dentist about dental implants. In many cases, we are able to convert your existing denture into a stable implant-supported restoration if your prosthesis is in good condition.

In addition to helping your denture stay firmly in place, dental implants act like tooth roots. They provide regenerative signals to your jaw bone, keeping it dense, healthy, and strong to prevent future jawbone recession.

Our team will conduct a thorough evaluation to ensure you are a good candidate...

4 Basic Requirements for Dental Implant Candidates

Condition of Your Jaw Bone

In order to qualify for traditional, full-size titanium implants, you need to have a healthy amount of remaining bone tissue. If your bone tissue is compromised, Dr. Polidori can perform a bone graft or choose a smaller implant that doesn't require grafting.

Healthy Lifestyle

Unhealthy habits like smoking can slow down your body's ability to heal, increasing your risk of implant failure. To ensure that your implants are successful, you should stop smoking for several months before and after your surgery. Ideally, you should quit altogether.

Free of Oral Health Conditions

Prior to the surgery, you should be free of gum disease and other oral health conditions. Because our Lakewood office provides comprehensive general dentistry services, we can treat outstanding issues in-office.

Controlled Diabetes

Diabetes does not disqualify you from getting implants, but uncontrolled diabetes can increase the risk of complications and hinder the body's healing response. You should have stable, healthy glucose levels to ensure the success of your surgery.

We know the idea of surgery may seem scary...

Our Lakewood Dental Office Offers Sedation

Many patients at our Lakewood office, serving Arvada and other areas around Denver, are able to undergo the procedure with minimal discomfort after receiving only local anesthesia. 

But if you are anxious about your upcoming treatment, you can also choose from our other sedation options

  • Nitrous oxide
  • Oral sedation
  • Intravenous (IV) sedation

Our team can help you decide which option is best for your needs during a consultation.

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Dental implants are restored with an abutment and a customized restoration...

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Why visit our Lakewood practice instead of a general dentist?

Advanced Technology in a Comfortable, Patient-Friendly Setting

CT scanner and monitor

Our office is one of the only practices in the Lakewood, Arvada, and Denver areas that is equipped with its own 3-D computed tomography (CT) scanner. We use this scanner to evaluate your candidacy for dental implants and carefully plan your treatment. Because this technology produces high-resolution images of your bone tissue and biostructures, we can precisely determine the location where your dental implants will be most successful.

We also try to maintain a comfortable atmosphere by offering snacks, juices, television entertainment, and a spacious courtyard for children to play in.

Dental Implants Offer Unparalleled Stability  For Your Restoration

Dental implants are the latest and most advanced way to replace missing teeth. Dr. Polidori will place these small titanium posts in your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. After your bone has healed, implants can support a lifelike restoration. A single post can secure one crown, while multiple dental implants can support a bridge or full denture. At Lakewood’s Colorado Premier Dental, we offer all types of dental implant procedures, each with their own set of benefits, including advanced preparatory surgery. We also offer several kinds of implants, and we will help you choose the right type for your needs. Contact our office today to learn more about implants and to find out if these restorations are right for you.

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Dental implants make it possible to enjoy meals, chatting with friends, and smiling for photos again.

Placing Dental Implants

To place dental implants, Dr. Polidori will first conduct a comprehensive exam to assess your candidacy and determine if you can undergo treatment with minimal risks. He will use digital x-rays to obtain a detailed view of your jawbone. In this way, he can determine your candidacy for implants. He can also use these images to plan out the optimal placement for your implant posts. When you are ready for your procedure, the dentist will numb your gums and surrounding tissue before surgically placing the implants. Thanks to effective local anesthesia, the procedure will involve minimal discomfort. However, if you are nervous about the surgery, you can also select oral sedation, intravenous (IV) sedation, or nitrous oxide.

Over the next few months, your bone and gums will seal around the posts. When healing is complete, Dr. Polidori will attach your new restoration. Whether you receive a single crown or a multiple-tooth restoration, it will be custom-crafted to blend seamlessly with your smile.

Types of Implants

At Colorado Premier Dental, we proudly offer several types of dental implants to meet your unique needs. Through personalized treatment, Dr. Polidori will recommend the implants that best suit your health and aesthetic goals. Options include:

  • Traditional implants: A traditional implant may be the optimal choice to replace a single tooth. This type of implant is about 3.5mm in diameter. Therefore, if you have suffered jawbone recession, you may not be a good candidate for these implants.
  • Mini implants: Mini implants have a smaller diameter. They can be a great choice to replace multiple teeth or to restore your smile if you have compromised bone volume.
  • All-on-4®: The All-on-4® technique offers an innovative way to place an implant-supported denture. Dr. Polidori will position just four smaller posts at a slight angle. In this way, the implants can hold a large restoration with minimal impact to your bone tissue.

Advanced Preparatory Procedures

Thanks to his experience in oral surgery, Dr. Polidori can perform a number for preparatory procedures before placing your implants. If you have suffered jawbone degeneration, a common side effect of tooth loss, and would like to receive traditional implants, he may recommend bone grafting. Through a tiny incision in your gums, he will place a small bone tissue sample. This tissue may be your own bone, donor bone, or a synthetic substitute. After sealing up your gums, your natural bone will integrate with the new material. In this way, Dr. Polidori can create a strong, stable foundation for your implant posts.

Alternatively, he may recommend tori removal. Tori are small, bony growths on your hard palate. Although they are harmless, tori can get in the way of dental restorations. Additionally, if they grow, they can cause discomfort. Tori removal is quick and involves little to no discomfort. In most cases, Dr. Polidori can perform the procedure using only local anesthesia.

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Dental implants offer a long-term investment in your oral health

Understanding the Benefits  of Dental Implants

If you are missing teeth, you are at an increased risk for a number of associated oral health issues, from gapped teeth to jawbone atrophy. For qualifying patients, dental implants can counter these effects to protect your smile and improve your overall quality of life. At Colorado Premier Dental, serving Arvada and communities throughout Denver, Dr. Polidori can place and restore dental implants as part of a single, convenient treatment plan. To help you decide if this method is right for your needs, we invite you to schedule a consultation to learn more about the benefits of dental implants.

Comfortable and Aesthetic

Because implant-supported restorations replace the entire tooth, from root to chewing surface, they are the next best option to having a full set of natural teeth. When placed by an experienced implant dentist, implant-supported restorations look, fit, and function like natural teeth.

As implants are fixed to the jaw, your restoration will stay put without shifting. In contrast, traditional dentures often slip out of place meals and conversation. With implants, you can feel confident about your normal routine without worrying about how your restoration looks or fits. For most patients, their implant-supported restoration blends seamlessly into their smile for improved comfort and appearance.

Improved Oral Health

When tooth loss is left untreated, more extensive health problems can develop. One of the most common side effects is jawbone deterioration. Because the tooth roots play an important role in maintaining the density of your jawbone, their loss may lead to resources getting rerouted to other parts of the body. Over time, the jawbone atrophies, threatening the stability of surrounding teeth.

We offer a variety of implant types, including mini implants, and can even perform the All-on-4® technique for qualifying patients.

While more affordable, traditional dentures and bridges do not address the loss of tooth roots and the associated bone degeneration. Implant-supported restorations are unique in their ability to replace the root as well as the chewing surfaces of a tooth. In fact, dental implants can prevent further bone loss and contribute to the overall stability of your jaw for improved oral health.

Cost-Efficient and Long-Lasting

While traditional bridges and dentures are less expensive initially than implant-supported options, they also require more frequent replacement. The cost of repeated replacements can quickly add up. But where a traditional bridge typically lasts between five to seven years, dental implants are designed to last for decades. The titanium posts fuse with your jawbone, making them a permanent part of your anatomy. While restoration may need periodic adjustment, the implant posts themselves can last a lifetime with proper care.

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