The loss of one or more natural teeth does not mean that you have to live with a blemished smile and loss of oral function. Advanced dental implants can replace your lost tooth root with an advanced titanium post. Once your implant has naturally fused with the surrounding jawbone tissue, Dr. Mike Norouzinia or a member of our team will fit you with a custom dental crown. |
Dr. Norouzinia graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio College of Dentistry in 2011. He recently received the highest honor as a board-certified periodontist.
How Much Will My Dental Implant Procedure Cost?
During your dental implant consultation at our Denver, CO practice, a member of our team will discuss the cost factors related to your procedure. There are multiple factors that will determine what the final expense will be. These include:
Number of implants placed Type of implant used Type of abutment used The number and type of your final restoration Treatments to gain candidacy (tooth extractions, bone graft, etc)
The average cost of one dental implant is $1,000 to $3,000. That price does not include the final restoration. At Metropolitan Dental Care, we believe in full billing transparency. Every cost associated with your dental implant procedure will be explained in full so there are no hidden costs. Most dental insurance plans do not cover dental implants, but a member of our team will be glad to contact your provider to see if any part of the procedure might be covered.
Dental Implant Procedure Overview
The average treatment timeline for a dental implant is three to six months. If you require restorative treatments to gain candidacy for implants, your timeline may be extended by a few to several months. Before your implant placement can be scheduled, Dr. Mike Norouzinia, a board-certified periodontist will conduct a consultation and exam at our Denver dental practice. During this initial visit, Dr. Norouzinia will listen to your personal goals. This is also a good time to come prepared with questions about your procedure. Examples of potential questions include:
How long will my recovery last? When will I be able to return to work after oral surgery? Does implant placement come with a risk of side effects or complications? What options do I have for restorations once my implants heal? Are dental implants a permanent solution to tooth loss?
During your exam, Dr. Morouzinia will perform scans and x-rays of your teeth and jaws to ensure that you are a good candidate for dental implants. Based on these images, he will create a customized treatment plan that meets your unique needs. Depending on the number of implants you receive and their proximity to each other, he may recommend:
Dental crowns An implant-retained dental bridge An implant-retained partial denture or implant-supported full denture
Most patients are good candidates for dental implants. Dr. Morouzinia will ensure that you are in good oral health before scheduling your oral surgery. If you require one or more tooth extractions or treatment for periodontal disease, those restorative procedures will be scheduled ahead of your implant placement. Patients who lack adequate jawbone density to receive implants can gain candidacy for implants by undergoing safe and effective bone graft surgery.
Dental Implant Placement
On the day of your implant placement, your doctors will use a local anesthetic to numb the gums and jawbone. Once you are comfortable, your dentist will make an incision in your gum line to access the underlying bone. Then, a small pilot hole will be drilled that will be used to accurately guide the implant post. The final step involves suturing any incisions and using gauze to control bleeding. Following the outpatient procedure, you will be released to return home and recover.
Recovery and Aftercare
We recommend that patients rest for the full day or two following the placement of their dental implant. You will be given detailed recovery guidelines that will provide tips for ensuring a healthy recovery. These tips may include:
Advice on how to manage discomfort Guidance on how to brush your teeth Soft foods that can be safely eaten during recovery A timeline on when normal activities can be resumed
The initial recovery period for this procedure is five to seven days. Full healing can take three to six months. During your healing, the implant post will fuse with surrounding bone tissue through a natural process called osseointegration. Follow-up visits will be scheduled so our dental team can closely monitor your progress. Abutment Placement
Toward the end of your healing process, a minor procedure to attach abutments to the top of each implant will be scheduled. These "caps" allow your restoration to firmly attach to the implant. Once the abutments are placed, a member of our team will use 3D images or impressions to fabricate your restoration. We work with a trusted laboratory when manufacturing your final crown, bridge, or denture. Detailed notes will be sent to the laboratory to ensure that your final restoration matches the appearance of your natural teeth.
Placement of Your Restoration
Once your abutments have healed and your new crown, denture, or bridge arrives at our Denver dental practice, a final visit will be scheduled. During that visit, your new prosthetic will be affixed to the abutments. One of our doctors will ensure that the new restoration is a perfect fit before releasing you to enjoy the benefits of your new, restored smile.
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. To lower the risk of implant failure, patients should maintain good oral hygiene habits. Visiting our Denver office twice-a-year for checkups and cleanings allows our doctors to maintain the health of your teeth and jawbone.
Schedule Your Dental Implant Procedure Today
The cosmetic and oral health benefits of dental implants can be life-changing. Our practice is proud to have Dr. Mike Norouzinia, a board-certified periodontist, on staff to provide special treatment and care for patients receiving dental implants. If you are ready to restore natural chewing function through dental implants, we welcome you to schedule your consultation online or to call us at (303) 534-2626.
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