Introduction to Dental Implants

Are you missing one or multiple teeth? If so, come see Dr. Douglas Heller or Dr. Eric Beckman for dental implants here at Periodontal Associates.

Dental implants stand out as an exceptional solution for individuals seeking durable and natural-looking tooth replacements, offering various designs tailored to specific needs and conditions. These designs include straight, tapered, aggressive, end-cutting, smooth-surfaced and acid-etched implants, each possessing unique features contributing to their effectiveness.

Straight implants are optimal for cases with sufficient bone width and density, providing stability in both vertical and horizontal dimensions. Tapered implants, designed for cases with limited bone width, gradually taper as they penetrate deeper into the bone. Aggressive implants, with enhanced threading, engage robustly in softer bone and allow for the immediate placement of a crown.

The surface of an implant plays a crucial role in osseointegration — the fusion between the implant and the bone. While smooth-surfaced implants offer stable osseointegration, the introduction of acid-etched implants with a textured surface encourages faster and more robust bone attachment and integration.
In the advanced implant systems realm, industry stalwarts like Straumann® and Astra lead the way.
These companies, known for cutting-edge and long-term research, have established a track record of excellence and durability. Straumann offers a range of implant designs catering to diverse patient needs, while Astra prioritizes simplicity and efficiency in its implant systems. Not all implant brands share the same level of research and success, with knock-off brands lacking the extensive research and long-term data provided by companies like Straumann and Astra, potentially leading to issues with implant longevity and success.

Implant restorations above the gumline consist of two components: the abutment and crown. The abutment connects the implant and the crown, allowing for customization based on the implant’s position for optimal aesthetics and function. Crafted to seamlessly blend with natural teeth, the crown — the visible portion of the restoration — ensures a harmonious smile.

Every dental implant is akin to a fingerprint, a unique entity molded by the patient’s anatomical structure, bone condition and aesthetic preferences. This individualized approach demands careful assessment and treatment planning, considering factors like implant design, surface technology and restorative components, all contributing to the success and longevity of the final restoration.

For those seeking top-quality dental implants in Aurora, Colorado, Periodontal Associates stands as a reliable choice, exclusively utilizing premium brands like Straumann and Astra. Our periodontists and team prioritize long-lasting success and patient satisfaction by tailoring implant solutions to each individual’s unique needs, ensuring precision and artistry in restoring smiles. Schedule a consultation by calling 303-755-4500 to learn more from Dr. Heller or Dr. Beckman.