Dental Implants Specialist

Carl F. Lipe DDS

General Dentistry located in Denver, CO

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about half of American men and women are missing at least one tooth, but if you’re among that crowd, no one has to know. Permanent dental implants from expert dentist Carl F. Lipe at Denver Dental Implants look just like real teeth, allow you to eat normally, and require no adhesives or extra care. If you live in Colorado near Denver, Englewood, Aurora, Littleton, or Commerce City and are looking for the most natural, healthy tooth-replacement option possible, visit Dr. Lipe today. Call the friendly Denver Dental Implants staff or use the online booking form.

Dental Implants Q & A

Carl F. Lipe DDS

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss and the next best thing to your natural teeth. A dental implant is a titanium post that Dr. Lipe inserts into your jaw, where it fuses with the bone over about five months. This fusion gives the post strength and stability so that it can act like a “root.”

Once the implant and your jawbone have fused, Dr. Lipe caps the implant with a metal abutment, which holds your custom-designed crown in place. The crown looks just like a natural tooth and is made of either porcelain or composite materials.

Why do I have to replace my missing teeth?

Missing teeth pose health hazards that go far beyond their unattractive appearance. When you have a gap in your gums, the surrounding teeth shift and can even fall into the gap. Sometimes the teeth on the opposite side of your jaw are affected, too, and start to twist in the direction of the gap, a process known as “super-eruption.”

Without a tooth putting pressure on the jawbone when you eat, your jawbone may begin to erode, which can change the shape of your face. You also may not be able to chew your food properly, which could cause digestion problems. Finally, leaving the gap in your gum increases your chances of developing an infection.

How many dental implants can I get?

You can get as many dental implants as you wish, including a full jaw or both jaws of teeth. If you’re on a budget, you could choose a dental bridge or dentures that use implants to increase stability. Implant-supported dentures are less likely to shift when you eat or talk.

How long does it take to get dental implants?

Because a dental implant functions like a real tooth, it takes several appointments over many months to complete the dental implant process. While you’re waiting for your final implants, Dr. Lipe gives you temporary dentures or crowns.

During your dental implant appointments, Dr. Lipe may:

  • Correct infections or problems with your teeth or gums
  • Create and place bone grafts, if necessary
  • Place the dental implant and abutment cap
  • Place the permanent crown
  • Cement the crown  

If you’d like the most natural-looking tooth replacement possible, contact Dr. Lipe for a dental implant consultation. Call the friendly Denver Dental Implants team or use the online booking form today.