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.