James Maroney DDS, MS, PC
Dental Implants

Dental Implants

We are your Littleton area Dental Implant Specialists!

Dental implants are a titanium substitute for the missing roots of your natural teeth. They are utilized in many situations to restore areas where you are missing teeth: such as not having enough natural teeth to support a fixed bridge; to replace single-tooth areas; as well as to support and stabilize partial dentures or full dentures.

As your Littleton area Prosthodontist, we look forward to giving you the quality-of-life you deserve by helping you restore the health, function, and aesthetics of your smile.

What happens when you lose a tooth?

Each tooth is made up of a crown and a root. The crown is the visible portion of your tooth, while the unseen root anchors the crown to the jawbone, providing stable support. Many options are available for replacing a crown, but only dental implants can replace the root. If the root is not replaced, shrinkage of the jawbone occurs, leading to further tooth loss – and even making your face look older. Dental implants can stop this process.

Missing teeth, whether single or multiple, will not only destroy the aesthetics of your smile but will also cause drifting, twisting, and over-eruption of your remaining teeth. This disruption in the positioning of your teeth may affect your eating and speaking.

If you’re missing one tooth or more, you may find there are other things you miss. You may miss your natural smile. You may miss being able to enjoy your favorite foods. When was the last time you crunched into an apple or sank your teeth into a mouth-watering steak? Do you feel self-conscious about eating or speaking in public?

Why choose Dental Implant Tooth Replacement?

Benefits of Dental Implants
Naturally, the effects of tooth loss vary from person to person and depend on the number and location of the teeth you’ve lost. If you’ve lost a crown, you have lost the visible part of your tooth. If you have lost the root as well, you have lost the unseen part of your tooth and, indeed, the most important part of your tooth.

The root anchors the tooth to your jawbone providing support for the crown of your tooth. Without the root, the bone around the missing tooth will gradually recede, remaining teeth will shift, and chewing will become more difficult with time.

For those who have lost all of their teeth in their upper or lower jaws, the long-term problems are even greater. This is because bone shrinks after tooth loss; nerves become exposed, resulting in pain and dentures that lack support. Loose fitting dentures compound problems, lead to sore gum tissue, and additional pain.

Eat Whatever You Want – Whenever You Want It
Dental implants can restore lost chewing efficiency. This allows you to once again enjoy your favorite foods without thinking twice about it.

Long Term Tooth Replacement
A false tooth without a root that is part of a bridge is only a temporary tooth replacement. When a root is missing, bone continues to shrink and creates a visible defect under the false tooth. Implants preserve bone health and minimize additional dental work. Most Nobel Biocare dental implant patients can expect lifelong replacement of their lost teeth.

No Special Care Required
Dental implants are easy to maintain – as easy as your natural teeth. With daily brushing and flossing, your new dental implants should last a lifetime. No daily removal or messy adhesives as you would have with dentures.

Improve your Appearance with Dental Implants

Smile with Confidence
With dental implants, your teeth will be secure. You will no longer need to cover your mouth when you laugh or smile.

Eliminate Embarrassing “Slippage”
Old or ill-fitting dentures can become loose, creating slippage and slurred speech or other embarrassing moments. Dental implants will eliminate this slippage and reduce embarrassing moments in all social situations.

Maintain Healthy Adjacent Teeth
With traditional practices, the teeth adjacent to a missing tooth must be ground down to place a bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth, resulting in a more conservative and aesthetically pleasing restoration.

Make an Investment in Dental Health
Dental implant tooth replacement therapy may initially seem more expensive than traditional treatment. However, the cost for long-term success with dental implants is often equivalent to repetitive temporary treatment solutions. Implants are indeed a wise investment.

Improve Your Self-Esteem
With dental implants, you can regain nearly all the capabilities you had with your natural teeth. Most implant patients experience renewed confidence. Your improved self-esteem will allow you to participate in activities you were once restricted from. You’ll be able to enjoy life.

For additional information on tooth replacement with dental implants, visit the Nobel Biocare Dental Implants Web Page.

If you’ve been considering dental implants tooth replacement, or if you have further questions about any type of tooth replacement therapy, get in touch with your Littleton dental implants specialist at The Colorado Center for Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry.