Are Dentures the Only Answer for Extensive Tooth Loss?

total mouth reconstruction Fort CollinsDental implants have revolutionized tooth replacement, to the point where conventional dentures are no longer the only solution to extensive tooth loss. Implant-supported dentures from The Fort Collins Dentist are the go-to answer.

Implant-supported dentures may sound too good to be true, but they really do look and function like natural teeth.

Dental implants are typically made of titanium, which is fully compatible with human bone. This is one of the great things about them: they completely fuse with the bone and become a part of the body. Cases of rejection are rare.

The implants act as replacement tooth roots. One implant can support one artificial tooth, and several can support a bridge or full dental arch.

The process takes about six months, start-to-finish. Once healing is complete the implant is a solid support. It usually takes four implants per dental arch.

At The Fort Collins Dentist implant-supported dentures have transformed many lives. Patients throughout North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud are enjoying the benefits. They also come to our practice for complete cosmetic dentistry. Please give us a call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-221-5115

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2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

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Gap-Tooth Smiles Aren’t Quite As Adorable Anymore

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Have you lost one or more of your teeth? It’s a lot different than when you lost your baby teeth way back in the day. Unfortunately, adult teeth won’t grow back (and a gap-toothed smile doesn’t look as adorable as it did when you were a kid.) But don’t despair! If you’ve lost one or more teeth, dental implants from The Fort Collins Dentist can restore your smile.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed in your jaw. It is made of titanium, a lightweight metal that is ideally suited to implant dentistry (titanium is used in joint replacements, too).

One of the remarkable things about titanium is its ability to fuse with bone. Once this happens, we’ve got a rock-solid base on which to restore your missing tooth.

Dental implants can support a single artificial tooth, as well as bridgework and even full dentures. It’s no wonder that they have been hailed as one of the great advances in the history of modern dentistry.

A missing tooth can cause you all sorts of problems: it makes it difficult to speak clearly, and to eat. It can also be embarrassing to have that gap in your smile. But dental implants from The Fort Collins Dentist not only restore your smile; they look and function like natural teeth. People from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud also come to us for complete general and family dentistry services. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-221-5115

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

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Think It’s Not Necessary To Replace Missing Back Teeth?

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Sometimes when people lose a back tooth they wonder whether they should bother doing anything about it. After all, the gap doesn’t show when they smile and there are other teeth to do the chewing. Why not leave it be and save some money? Actually, there are several very good reasons to replace a back tooth with a dental implant from The Fort Collins Dentist.

  1. The adjacent tooth (or teeth) may start shifting. If a tooth tilts, moves, or rotates, it can impact the bite. The unopposed tooth can also move, though it generally moves outward from the bone (over-eruption). Teeth that are displaced can become more vulnerable to gum disease, decay, or TMJ pain.
  2. The underlying bone will begin to atrophy. Without the tooth root, the jaw bone shrinks. This changes the dimensions of the face and gives it a sunk-in look due to a decline in supporting bone. The vertical shortening progresses and becomes more pronounced as you get older.
  3. There will be additional stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions. This can bring about excessive wear, fracture, or pain.

If you have a missing back tooth and want to learn about dental implants, please call The Fort Collins Dentist. People from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud come to us for implants and for comprehensive general and family dentistry services. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-221-5115

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

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Dental Implants And Smile Makeovers

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The gap in your smile caused by a missing tooth is not only embarrassing, it can have an impact on your dental health. That’s why dental implants from The Fort Collins Dentist make so much sense.

When you’re missing one or more of your teeth, the space it causes can make the remaining teeth shift and rotate. This has an immediate impact on your bite. They’re also more difficult to keep clean.

Your jawbone is also affected. Because of the missing tooth roots, the bone begins to lose its mass. This, in turn, leads to a shrunken appearance on your face.

Dental implants are an ideal solution. Implants are metal posts inserted into your jaw. They’re usually made of titanium, and within a few months of insertion will actually fuse with the bone, becoming one with your jaw. They become a solid foundation for an artificial tooth.

Since they are physically attached to your jaw, the artificial teeth function just like the real thing. They also act as a new tooth root, stimulating the jaw bone and preventing recession.

A dental implant from The Fort Collins Dentist help to restore dental health. Patients from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud also come to us for cosmetic dentistry, and are thrilled with their new smiles. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-221-5115

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

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Missing Teeth? Don’t Miss Out On A Beautiful Smile

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If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants from The Fort Collins Dentist may be the answer to your prayers.

Why is that? Dental implants are replacement teeth that look and function like the real thing. Not only that, they help to preserve your jaw bone, which can deteriorate after you lose teeth.

Technically, a dental implant is not a replacement tooth. It’s really a titanium post that is inserted into your jaw. Because it fuses with the bone, it becomes a part of your body. An implant is strong enough to support an artificial tooth, just like a natural tooth root. Several implants can support a bridge, and even a full dental arch.

Other artificial tooth options, including conventional dentures, need to be replaced every few years. This is because the bone beneath it gradually deterioriates.

Dental implants, on the other hand, can last a lifetime. They prevent bone loss, because the implant is part of the jawbone. Furthermore, the artificial tooth or teeth attached to the implant will never decay.

Dental implants from The Fort Collins Dentist are indistinguishable from other teeth, and most people won’t realize it’s there. You may forget, too! We’ve placed them in patients from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud, who also come to our practice for general and family dentistry. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-221-5115

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

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Missing Teeth? Don’t Miss Out On A Beautiful Smile

Fort Collins cosmetic dentistry

If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants from The Fort Collins Dentist may be the answer to your prayers.

Why is that? Dental implants are replacement teeth that look and function like the real thing. Not only that, they help to preserve your jaw bone, which can deteriorate after you lose teeth.

Technically, a dental implant is not a replacement tooth. It’s really a titanium post that is inserted into your jaw. Because it fuses with the bone, it becomes a part of your body. An implant is strong enough to support an artificial tooth, just like a natural tooth root. Several implants can support a bridge, and even a full dental arch.

Other artificial tooth options, including conventional dentures, need to be replaced every few years. This is because the bone beneath it gradually deterioriates.

Dental implants, on the other hand, can last a lifetime. They prevent bone loss, because the implant is part of the jawbone. Furthermore, the artificial tooth or teeth attached to the implant will never decay.

Dental implants from The Fort Collins Dentist are indistinguishable from other teeth, and most people won’t realize one is there. You may forget, too! We’ve placed them in patients from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud, who also come to our practice for general and family dentistry. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-221-5115

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

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Dental Implants And Smile Makeovers

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Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but a great smile is always going to get attention! A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from The Fort Collins Dentist can give you the smile of your dreams!

A smile makeover is a combination of cosmetic dentistry procedures, aimed at improving your smile. There is a range of options: whiten your smile with professional teeth whitening, cover up gaps with porcelain veneers, or even replace missing teeth with dental implants!

  • Teeth whitening. Professional-strength whitening materials will transform your smile beyond any over-the-counter whitening product. Must be seen to be believed!
  • Porcelain veneers. Veneers are medical-grade ceramic shells affixed to the fronts of your teeth to cover gaps, chips, cracks, and other flaws.
  • Dental implants. Implants may be the ultimate restortion! We can replaced a missing tooth with an artificial one that looks and functions like the real thing.

A cosmetic dentistry smile makeover from The Fort Collins Dentist can transform your smile from dull to dazzling. We’ve improved the smiles of people from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud, who also come to our practice for complete general and family dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-221-5115

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

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The Benefits of Dental Implants

It’s not uncommon for adults who are missing any number of adult teeth to feel embarrassed or insecure about their appearance. Unfortunately, though teeth are part of our bodies, unlike bone they cannot heal themselves or grow back when lost or extracted. For those missing adult teeth, this often means either going without a tooth or wearing a prosthetic bridge or denture to fill in the gap. But for a more permanent solution to replace missing adult teeth, there is a more permanent solution: dental implants.

Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that attach to the gums via a metal screw that is implanted into the jawbone. Once the screw has healed securely into place, a prosthetic crown is screwed on to the exposed metal screw, creating the look of a natural tooth. Considered the gold standard in replacing teeth, dental implants do more than just improve patient self-esteem and the look of the mouth. Here are some other benefits to installing dental implants.

Speech

Though not true for everyone, when you are missing teeth it can sometimes affect your speech. Missing teeth can make it sound like you have a lisp or speech impediment, something that can make you feel self-conscious. This can cause problems in a person’s work and personal life and cause them to withdraw from engaging in conversations or speaking up about important matters.

When you replace missing teeth with dental implants, your speech should return to normal, giving you the confidence to speak up again.

Chewing

When you are missing a tooth or teeth, chewing may become difficult or even painful. The good news is that with dental implants, your crown acts as a natural tooth, enabling you to chew regularly without any pain or discomfort, as if your natural tooth or teeth were never missing in the first place.

Protection of Other Teeth and Gums

Another benefit to replacing lost teeth with dental implants is the effect dental implants will have on your other teeth. When you are missing adult teeth, it can cause a lot of trouble for your existing teeth, bones and gums. First of all, there’s a risk of bone degradation in the space where the tooth was removed. The longer a bone goes without a tooth, the higher the risk of bone degradation. Bone degradation can cause the loss of other teeth as well as a sagging face and jaw.

Closing the gap with dental implants can also protect your gums from gum disease, because plaque and bacteria have a harder time getting into the gums.

Easier to Care For

Cleaning dental implants is easier than cleaning dentures, because you can brush them and floss between them just like you would your natural teeth. With dentures, you must remove them to clean them very carefully. Because dental implants mimic natural teeth removing them is not necessary for most cleanings.

To learn more about the dental implant process from Dr. Lesko, please call 970-812-0355.


Epigenetics Could Someday Restore Tooth Roots

Imagine someday being able to eliminate missing teeth by restoring the roots of decayed teeth. If researchers at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California have their way, that could be possible. That’s because researchers have found a formula that could regenerate those roots, using a process called epigenetic regulation.

Epigenetics is defined as the study of alterations to organisms via modification of gene expression, and epigenetics may be the key to controlling the pattern and formation of tooth rot.

Researchers discovered that tooth rot patterns are controlled by proteins called Arid1a and Ezh2. When these two proteins are in balance, and in certain configurations of tooth roots are in just the right place with the jawbone, a tooth rot pattern can be established.

Dr. Allison Lesko is a Fort Collins-based dentist. She says this type of breakthrough could make a huge difference in how we treat rotten teeth.

“Right now, if a tooth is badly decayed, there’s a chance it may need to be pulled,” Lesko says. “With this discovery, they may someday be able to restore tooth roots, which means even if a tooth is pulled we may not need to rely on dentures or dental implants to replace it.”

That’s because with regenerated roots, the researchers at USC believe they can create enough of a replacement tooth to at least cover it with a crown.

“A crown over an existing tooth is a much better option than a dental implant,” says Lesko. “While dental implants are really the Cadillac of dental prosthetics, there is always a chance of something called implant failure.”

Implant failure occurs when the screw used to anchor a dental implant to the jaw fails to implant itself into the jawbone. This can happen due to bone loss or deterioration, which can occur when too much time passes between the loss of the tooth and the attempted implantation.

“With regenerated tooth roots and a bit of naturally regrown tooth, the risk of implant failure would be obsolete,” Lesko says.

Another benefit to the study that was noted by its authors? The discovery could someday treat cancer, too.

According to the researchers at USC, some cancers can be affected by epigenetic regulators; when these regulators are out of balance, cancer can develop. The key to treating these cancers is to find a way to balance the epigenetics and stop the cancer in its tracks.

“I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about epigenetics in the near future,” says Lesko. “There are some exciting breakthroughs already, and they’re still just scratching the surface.”