How Tooth Loss Affects Your Life
Tooth loss in America is very common—over 35 million Americans are edentulous, having lost all their teeth, while over 178 million are missing at least one tooth. Tooth loss causes severe oral concerns if not addressed. Without replacing missing teeth you may experience bone loss in your jaw, a changing facial appearance, shifting teeth, or a collapse in your bite. Dental implants are considered the gold standard of tooth replacement because they can prevent further damage to the bone and restore beauty. Dental implants are a natural-looking tooth replacement that feature the same cosmetic and functional benefits of natural teeth.
Place Your Trust in the Experienced “Perio-Nerd”
Dental implants function just like your natural teeth—they provide chewing and biting strength with a natural looking crown, as well as stimulate the jaw bone thanks to the titanium implant. Dr. John Thousand and our talented staff LOVE placing dental implants and have the experience necessary to provide quality care. Dr. Thousand has completed specialty training in periodontics and is a member of the Implantology Fellowship program at the University of Colorado. We use guided implant surgery for precise placement of your dental implants and to give you the highest quality results. Dr. Thousand is a self-proclaimed “perio-nerd” and enjoys the difficult cases other doctors turn away, especially related to bone grafting for implants.
The Dental Implant Process
The process for dental implants is not as frightening as many people believe. Dr. Thousand provides quality care with integrity and will hear all your concerns before presenting a treatment plan. Implant surgery involves placing a titanium implant post into your jaw bone that provides the same functions of a tooth root. After the implant heals, Dr. Thousand will then attach an abutment to the implant that acts as a post for a dental crown. We offer sedation dentistry to block pain and relax patients. Our staff is incredible and always focuses on patient service—doing anything to make you feel comfortable and at ease.
Types of dental implants:
Single Tooth Implants
If you have lost a single tooth to extraction or trauma, it is important to replace it. Even one lost tooth can lead to bone loss and cause shifting of your surrounding teeth. Dr. Thousand can place a single implant to replace any of your teeth no matter where it is in your jaw.
Multiple Tooth Implants
Dr. Thousand also places multiple tooth dental implants for those who have lost more than one tooth. These can be teeth in different areas of the mouth or in a row. Replacing multiple missing teeth is important to your oral structure and health.
Full-Arch Dental Implants
For those with many missing teeth or are missing a complete arch, full-arch replacement is possible. Dr. Thousand can place four or more implants to hold an entire arch of teeth. This system can completely change your smile, appearance and quality of life.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
- Permanent with proper care
- Natural appearance
- Stimulate the jaw bone/preserve jaw health
- Ability to eat all foods with confidence
- Improved self-confidence and speech
- Improved oral and systemic health