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Dental Implant Procedure in Boulder, CO

Dental Implant Procedure

Losing one or more teeth can be devastating and life-changing, but dental implants allow you to restore full dental functions and the appearance of your smile. They offer a more natural tooth replacement option than other tooth replacement options. The dental implant procedure involves the insertion of metal, screw-like posts into the jawbone to replace the root of the lost tooth, and provide support for an artificial tooth.

The dental implant procedure is available at PeakView Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Boulder and the surrounding area. To get dental implants, you must be in good health and have healthy and adequate bone density. Contact our office at (303) 578-5800 for a consultation.

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Dental Implant Procedure

The process of placing dental implants depends on the condition of the patient. The procedure takes multiple stages spread over several months to ensure the success of the implant procedure and the patient’s comfort. The uniqueness of dental implants is in their fusion with the jawbone. This fusion is known as osseointegration and accounts for most of the treatment time. The entire procedure is simple and straightforward.

Initial Consultation

The first stage entails a meeting with the dentist for a consultation. During this meeting, the dentist will perform a comprehensive evaluation, including X-rays, CT scans, oral exams, and dental impressions, to determine the patient’s eligibility for dental implants and prepare them for the procedure. The X-rays and 3D scans show the condition of the jawbone.

The dentist will need to know the patient’s medical history, every medication they currently use, including supplements, prescription, and over-the-counter meds. Patients who have health conditions may receive antibiotics ahead of the procedure to prevent infection. If any oral condition is present, patients will need to undergo treatment before getting dental implants.

Afterward, the dentist will discuss the treatment plan with the patient,
including the timeline, the different stages, and aftercare instructions. If a bone graft is necessary (to augment the volume of the jawbone), the dentist will inform the patient. The treatment plan considers the number of missing teeth and the condition of existing teeth and jawbone. If the patient suffers from dental anxiety, the dentist will take necessary measures to keep the patient as comfortable throughout the procedure.

During the initial consultation, patients will be able to discuss their fears and concerns with the dentist. You can ask about the risks of infection, implant rejection, potential allergies, and possible nerve damage. For clarification, you can also ask the dentist about measures to take to ensure the long-term success of the dental implants. The essence of the initial consultation is for patients to get all the information they need before proceeding with the treatment.

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Dental Implant Procedure

Placing the Dental Implant

During the procedure, the dentist will make an incision over the gums to reveal the bone. They will put the implant post at the site of the lost tooth. Although every patient is different, most people discover that the discomfort is less than they anticipated. Over-the-counter painkillers are usually enough to manage pain after the procedure. After the implant placement, there will be a gap at the site of tooth loss. The dentist may place a temporary implant for cosmetic purposes, if necessary. Osseointegration starts immediately and could take several months because the jawbone must integrate with the dental implant to serve as a sturdy foundation of the new artificial tooth.

Placing the Abutment

After osseointegration is over, the dentist will place the abutment, which is the piece that connects the crown to the implant. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis and takes about an hour. It is also possible to place the abutment immediately after implantation. After placing the abutment, the gum will need some time to heal before attaching the crown.

How to Choose the New Artificial Teeth

After the gums heal, the dentist will take additional impressions of the teeth and oral cavity, which will be used to fabricate the new artificial tooth. Patients can decide between fixed and removable tooth prostheses. Removable artificial teeth attach to a metal frame held by the abutment and snap firmly into place. It can be removed easily for routine cleaning and repairs. A fixed dental prosthesis is screwed or cemented permanently onto the abutment. The prosthesis can only be taken out by a dentist.

Aftercare and Recovery

After the procedure, patients may need to use pain meds and antibiotics to relieve pain and fight infections. If discomfort, swelling, or other symptoms worsen following the procedure, the patient needs to contact the dentist as soon as possible. Until the stitches heal, it is advisable to stick to a diet of soft foods. Excellent oral hygiene is essential to prolong the lifetime of dental restoration. This includes brushing and flossing regularly, going to the dentist for cleaning and checkup, and avoiding harmful oral habits such as smoking or chewing hard substances.

The Dental Implant Procedure FAQs

Is the dental implant procedure painful?

With the techniques available and aftercare tips, many patients experience minimal pain throughout the process. In most cases, they can resume their routine the following day. Although bruising and pain may occur, they usually last for only a short time.

Yes. Implants are as secure and reliable as the natural teeth. By the end of the treatment, you will be able to eat your favorite meals. Generally, it will be hard to tell the difference between dental implants and natural teeth.

The average treatment period is three to six months. Most of the time is taken up by the osseointegration process. The treatment time usually depends on the patient and the complexity of the situation.

 

There is a good chance that you are eligible for dental implants. However, the dentist will determine your eligibility by performing different examinations. You need to schedule an initial consultation to get started with the process.

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Dr. Kwiatkowski

Dr. Adam Kwiatkowski, a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, has received multiple awards for his outstanding achievements in cosmetic and implant dentistry. He is a recipient of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists’ Pre-doctoral Student Achievement Award and a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society.

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Dr. Hearne

Dr. Hearne, originally from Las Vegas, was inspired to become a dentist at the age of 12 by a close family friend who was a renowned dentist. With a foundation in customer service and excellence from his early career in the hotel industry, Dr. Hearne was further inspired to become a compassionate caregiver for his patients after the passing of his younger brother to cystic fibrosis at the age of 7.

Dr. Olsen

I was born in Ogden, Utah and always knew I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare. After serving an LDS mission in South Africa and getting married, I studied biology at Weber State University and attended the prestigious Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska. There, I received multiple awards for clinical excellence before settling down in St. George with my family.

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Pamela

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May 25, 2024
I am so grateful I found a dentist who provides excellence in every aspect of his practice. I can’t emphasize this enough. Truly impressed.

Dan Aweida

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May 25, 2024
Dr. K and his team are so nice and professional! Highly recommend if you’re looking for a dentist in Boulder.

Janet Frasher

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May 16, 2024
PeakView Dentistry is the best ! Here is where you’ll get the best treatment, caring staff,updated technology, knowledgeable and friendly surgeon & staff ever ! You’ll feel so welcomed and personally taken care of. Get in for a free consultation ! My insurance company wasn’t too helpful (implants).. but Peakview made it possible for me! They will work with you & your insurance company to get the best and affordable payment plan. I’m thrilled I found PeakView ! They are above & beyond what you’ll expect !! Thank you PeakView.

Kian Shir

5/5
May 15, 2024
From the minute I walked in I was greeting with kindness, care, and exceptional treatment. Ellie is an extremely warm and welcoming person, and she made the whole dentist office experience interesting, comfortable, and a lot less stressful than expected. Dr. K and the whole team also deserve the most praise, as they are all diligent, kind, respectful, and educated individuals who truly show care for their patients/clientele. I not only left with exceptional treatment, but newfound friends. Thank you everyone!

Eric Dee

5/5
May 11, 2024
My experience today at PeakView was extraordinary. The staff I had the pleasure of meeting were all very knowledgeable, friendly, interesting, interested, warm and just wonderful. The interior is clean eclectic with the latest in technology. The views from the comfortable dental chairs were of the mountain range! A first class experience!

Lori Benvenuto

5/5
May 1, 2024
Things are moving along towards getting my implants placed. Each case is unique and specific. The staff is wonderful and explains the process well. I am so thrilled to finally move towards having upper teeth in my mouth. Thank you!!

kirsty head

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May 1, 2024
Super friendly and helpful! Helped me choose the best path forward with my dental care and were quick to fix any problems I was having!

Kimberly Howard-Borneman

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April 24, 2024
My experience has been wonderful- Everyone in the office that has worked with me, treat me with genuine care, are friendly and explain each step of my procedures. I am getting my smile back and can’t thank them enough for everything. Will be sharing photos of my journey to restoring my smile soon!!

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