Dental Implants in Aspen, CO

A Holistic, Permanent Tooth Restoration

If you’ve lost teeth due to health issues or dental trauma, you’re not alone. Tooth loss is a common dental issue that impacts your self-esteem, ability to eat and speak as well as your oral health and overall wellness. Dr. Van Gorden and Dr. Steinbach offer natural-looking, metal-free dental implants through a safe and effective procedure.

Whether you’re looking to replace one missing tooth, a full arch, or a snap-in denture to replace your traditional one, we’re eager to help you reach your desired oral health.

At Elevate Dental Wellness, we take an integrative approach to dentistry, which means you can rest assured that your overall health is protected while we treat your dental issues. 

We use Zirconia metal-free dental implants to restore your health, boost your confidence, and protect your facial structure while keeping your total body wellness in mind. They look and feel just like your natural teeth, enhancing your ability to eat, speak, and smile with ease.

Read on to learn more about this holistic approach to restoring your smile.

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Elevate Dental Wellness

711 East Valley Road
Suite 201A
Basalt, CO 81621

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(970) 279-5647

Risks of Tooth Loss

Living with an incomplete smile can have detrimental effects on your oral health. Prolonging treatment can put you at risk for:

  • Shifting teeth: without total support, open pockets can lead to your teeth moving out of place
  • Gum disease: the gaps in your smile make it easier for bacteria to form which can mean you’re more susceptible to periodontal disease which can lead to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and more. 
  • Additional tooth loss and bone loss
  • Ill-bite: the integrity of your bite is in jeopardy when you’re missing teeth, i.e. your bite doesn’t fit so well together

Correcting your smile sooner rather than later can help protect your teeth and wellness, which is why Dr. Steinbach and Dr. Van Gorder recommend dental implants to restore your smile to full function once again.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a prosthetic device that is surgically placed inside the jaw used to replace the tooth roots and works in tandem with a porcelain crown.

Patients choose dental implants to restore missing teeth because they are permanent, function just like natural teeth, and can last a lifetime with proper maintenance. 

Dental implants are traditionally made of metal but as part of our holistic services at Elevate Dental Wellness, we use metal-free Zirconia dental implants in our procedures. 

Traditional dental implants are made up of three parts:

  • Titanium post which is designed to replace the roots of your missing teeth and made of metal in secure into your jaw
  • Porcelain crown which serves as the prosthetic tooth and is the only part of the restoration visible to the eye
  • The abutment which connects the two

Zirconia implants are made of two parts:

  • Ceramic post which replaces the tooth’s roots and as the abutment attached to it
  • Porcelain crown

Benefits of Zirconia Dental Implants

With constant revolutionary innovations within the field of dentistry, we no longer have to rely on one way of approaching care. With options like Zirconia dental implants, we’re able to help a wide variety of patients while also protecting their overall wellness. Zirconia is more resistant to corrosion, temperature changes, and, unlike titanium, is not conducive to electricity which can potentially lead to longer longevity and fewer problems along the way.

Some other benefits of metal-free implants include:

  • Improved aesthetics: traditional implants can sometimes lead to discoloration around the gum line, but because Zirconia implants have a tooth-colored post you’ll always have a natural-looking smile.
  • Allergen-free: some patients have sensitivities to metal or titanium which may prevent them from getting dental implants. With Zirconia implants, you can enjoy the benefits of a permanent and complete smile without worrying about an allergic reaction. In addition to this, Elevate Dental Wellness does biocompatibility testing to ensure that any restoration option is suitable for your unique body. 
  • Higher resistance to plaque: there is still research being done on Zirconia implants as dentistry evolves but current studies suggest that Zirconia implants may reduce plaque formation as opposed to their titanium counterparts. This can mean you’re better protected against the effects of tooth decay in the long run. 

Zirconia dental implants are an innovative approach to tooth restoration and Dr. Steinbach highly recommends them for your restoration solution.

Our Dental Implant Solutions
Our Dental Implant Solutions

We’ll suggest different implant solutions based on your oral health, dental needs, and how many teeth are being replaced. Each patient is unique and will have their own customized treatment. This means the cost of your implant procedure will vary and can be determined at your consultation.

Based on how many implants you need, we’ll offer different options, including:

  • Single-Tooth Replacement: Used for individual missing teeth
  • Multi-Tooth Replacement: Use for replacing any number of missing teeth
  • Full-Arch Tooth Replacement: Needed for a bridge of missing teeth
  • Snap-In Implant-Supported Dentures: For an entire upper or lower jaw of lost teeth
Dental Implant Candidacy
Dental Implant Candidacy

When looking to invest in dental implants, you want to be sure they’re the optimal restorative treatment for you and your dental needs. Our tooth restorations are customized to each individual patient to meet your unique needs and achieve your smile goals. However, not every patient will be ready for dental implants right away. Dr. Van Gorden and Dr. Steinbach will first examine your teeth and gums to determine the health of your smile. If you have strong gums, healthy teeth, and good overall oral health, you’ll most likely be immediately cleared for our restorative treatment.

We offer supplemental procedures for patients who may require one or more additional treatments to improve their oral health and prepare for the dental implant process. For example, we may need to extract any damaged teeth to prepare the surgical site for treatment. Or, some patients may require a bone graft to strengthen your jawbone so it can better support the implant.

The Implant Process
The Implant Process

Your journey to a rejuvenated smile starts with a consultation with one of our qualified implant dentists. Here at Elevate Dental Wellness, we utilize innovative technology that helps us design a precise and suitable treatment plan just for you.

Once our highly-skilled dentists have created your treatment plan, we’ll schedule your implant placement as soon as possible. Then, our implant dentist will surgically place your implant fixture, the part of the implant that forms a secure attachment to your jawbone.

Through a process known as osseointegration, your jawbone will bond with a titanium fixture. This process can take a few months to complete but afterward, you’ll return to our office and our implant dentists will place your new permanent crown. Your porcelain crown is custom-crafted to blend in with your smile.

Aftercare for Dental Implants

For the first week after surgery, it’s especially important to follow your dentist’s instructions. These will include avoiding chewy, crunchy, or sticky foods, as well as rinsing your mouth out with warm salt water after meals.

After you’ve healed from surgery, you can care for your implants just like natural teeth. All you need to do is brush and floss every day — use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nylon floss for optimal results. It’s also essential to visit your dentist for bi-annual checkups.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do dental implants last?
Are dental implants safe?
Does insurance cover my dental implants procedure?
What do I do in the event of a complication with my dental implants?

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are made from durable zirconia or titanium and can last up to a lifetime with proper care. On average, they last about 20 to 25 years. To keep your implant healthy, make sure to brush and floss every day in addition to visiting your dentist for regular checkups.

Are dental implants safe?

Not only are dental implants safe, but they’re the only tooth replacement that stimulates jawbone growth to protect your long-term health. As long as your implant surgery is performed by an experienced dentist, you have nothing to worry about.

With a wealth of experience and training, Dr. Steinbach can ensure safe and comfortable treatment for you.

Does insurance cover my dental implants procedure?

Most insurance plans don’t cover dental implants, but they may pay for a portion of your overall treatment cost. The specifics can vary depending on your plan and provider. We recommend contacting your provider to find out what coverage you have. Our team is always happy to discuss your insurance details and ensure you’re maximizing your benefits.

What do I do in the event of a complication with my dental implants?

If you experience any issues with your dental implant, contact us right away. Don’t attempt to fix the implant yourself, as this can result in further damage and set your treatment back. Dr. Van Gorden or Dr. Steinbach will see you as soon as possible and provide the care you need.

Don’t Wait—Restore Your Smile Today

If metal implants have made you hesitate from getting your smile repaired, look no further than our Zirconia dental implants. They are a metal-free and holistic restoration option suitable for a wider range of patients. Dr. Van Gorden and Dr. Steinbach in Basalt, CO are ready to help you regain a healthy smile with dental implants. Let’s get started. Schedule your consultation today by giving us a call at (970) 279-5647 or filling out the contact form at the bottom of this page.

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