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Dental Implants

For the right candidates, dental implants are the best way to replace lost teeth. Implants are prosthetic tooth roots that fuse to the jaw to provide the ultimate support for crowns, bridges, and dentures. At our office in Arvada, CO, board-certified dentist Christopher Gillette can place and restore your implants with no need for referrals. He offers both traditional and All-on-4® (teeth in a day) implants.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

In the simplest terms, dental implants replace lost tooth roots. While a traditional denture can restore some function and aesthetics, it remains prone to shifting because it is not attached directly to the jaw. On the other hand, an implant-supported denture will remain firmly in place as you chew, speak, and smile. Another important benefit of implants is jawbone retention. When tooth roots are lost, the jaw will begin to shrink and change in size. Implants are the only treatment that can prevent this side-effect of tooth loss.

Implants replace tooth roots, giving your crown, bridge, or denture the ultimate stability.

Placing Implants

Following an examination in which Dr. Gillette will thoroughly assess the health of your gums, the condition of your jaw, and your general overall health, he will plan the steps of your treatment. Implants require a specific amount of bone tissue for support. If you have experienced advanced bone atrophy, you may need to first undergo a bone grafting procedure to replace lost tissue. If atrophy or your natural anatomy will make it impossible to place implants in the upper jaw without disrupting the sinuses, a sinus lift may be recommended. Dr. Gillette can perform both procedures to restore your candidacy for implant surgery.

Dr. Gillette's practice is a one-stop-shop that allows you to experience the vast benefits of dental implants by undergoing every phase of treatment under one roof.

For plans using traditional implants to support bridges or dentures, the treatment will usually involve five primary steps:

  • Surgery: Using precise techniques, the implants are surgically placed directly into your jaw. 
  • First Healing Period: Over the next four to six months, the bone tissue will permanently fuse to the implants.
  • Abutment Placement: Once fusion is complete, Dr. Gillette will attach an abutment piece to the top of your implant. This device will connect directly to your restoration.
  • Second Healing Period: Following abutment placement, the gum tissue must heal. This usually takes about two weeks.
  • Attachment of the Restoration: Once the gums have healed, Dr. Gillette can take impressions of the abutment and any surrounding teeth. These impressions will guide technicians in creating your restoration. The final stage of treatment is the attachment of the restoration to the implant.

Expedited Treatments

If you need to replace a single tooth with an implant-supported crown, Dr. Gillette may be able to place the crown immediately following implant placement. 

Meanwhile, some patients who require a full-arch denture may be candidates for All-on-4® implants. This solution uses just four special implants that can support a denture immediately following placement. Dr. Gillette works closely with experienced oral surgeons and quality dental labs to produce these permanent appliances. This option requires less bone tissue, and can often eliminate the need for a bone graft among patients who have experienced a small degree of jaw atrophy.

Restore Your Smile Today

If you are ready to take the next step toward restoring your smile, please contact us directly online, or give us a call at (303) 420-4001. Dr. Gillette's practice is a one-stop-shop that allows you to experience the vast benefits of dental implants by undergoing every phase of treatment under one roof.

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Arvada Office

5610 Ward Rd.
Ste 120
Arvada, CO 80002

Open Today 8:00am - 4:00pm

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Arvada Office

5610 Ward Rd.
Ste 120
Arvada, CO 80002

Open Today 8:00am - 4:00pm
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