Dental Implants Specialist

University Dental Arts

Cosmetic, General & Specialty Dentistry located in Downtown, Denver, CO

If you’ve lost a tooth to gum disease, decay, an injury, or any other oral health complication, dental implants provide a foundation to replace it. Dental implants don’t restrict your diet or rely on otherwise healthy teeth to support your prosthetic. At University Dental Arts in Denver, Colorado, David Redford, DMD, specializes in dental implant restoration. To set up a consultation and see if you’re a candidate for dental implants, call University Dental Arts or book an appointment online today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants? 

If you lose one or more teeth, you likely want to find a replacement option that allows you to eat without restriction and speak clearly without fear of losing or shifting your prosthetic. 

A dental implant is a great option that offers benefits like stability and durability. The implant itself looks like a screw and acts as an anchor to support a custom dental crown, bridge, or set of dentures.

Dental implants are human-made titanium replacements that function similarly to the roots of your natural teeth. During a simple surgery, an oral surgeon installs them in your jawbone. Thanks to a natural process called osseointegration, your bone fuses with the implants, so they remain stable for the rest of your life. 

Getting a dental implant is a great way to prevent bone resorption, which can happen in your jaw after losing a natural tooth and its root. If bone resorption has already occurred, you might need a bone graft before you get an implant. 

What should I expect while getting dental implants?

The process of getting dental implants happens entirely in the office at University Dental Arts across several appointments. 

First, you’ll need to attend a consultation with Dr. Redford to decide if dental implants are preferable or even a realistic possibility for you. He uses digital imaging to view your jawbone and make sure it’s strong enough to support an implant. 

Dr. Redford refers you to a superior local oral surgeon who makes an incision in your gums to place the implant in the exposed bone. After several months of healing, you have a second surgery to attach the abutment that connects the implant to your custom restoration.

Dr. Redford answers your questions about this process and works with you to design your custom restoration. Once it’s ready, he secures it to the abutment. 

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?  

The list of benefits makes dental implants an enticing treatment option for many prospective patients, but they’re not ideal for everyone. You might be a dental implant candidate if you:

  • Are generally healthy and don’t have heart-related diseases
  • Are missing one or more teeth because of illness, decay, or an injury
  • Have healthy gums
  • Prefer a durable option over something removable

If you’re not a candidate for dental implants, Dr. Redford helps you consider other options like dental crowns and removable dentures. 

Learn more about dental implants by calling University Dental Arts to schedule an appointment or book your visit online today.