WE’LL HELP YOU SELECT THE MOST OPTIMAL TOOTH REPLACEMENT OPTION
Unfortunately, tooth loss is sometimes unavoidable despite a person’s best efforts including good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups. If you’re suffering from missing teeth, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and about 40 million are missing all of their teeth. Decay, damage, and injury can impact the most vigilant dental patients! Once restorative treatments are no longer an option, teeth can fall out on their own accord or require extraction. Dr. Siona Motufau has extensive experience placing customized dentures and dental implants and the clinical expertise to manage complex cases and potential complications. We welcome you to schedule a complimentary consultation to help determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants in Montrose and Grand Junction, CO. Dr. Motufau will help you make the right choice based on your unique dental needs and budget.
IMPORTANT FACTORS TO CONSIDER
If you’re missing teeth but your overall and oral health are good (including healthy gums and bone), dental implants may be an ideal alternative to dentures. But even if you have bone loss or gum disease, Dr. Motufau has the right skills and expertise to perform the following preparatory procedures under one roof to help you become a good candidate for dental implants in Grand Junction and Montrose, CO.
CONSULT AN EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL TO PREVENT THESE MISTAKES
Successful dental implant surgery is based on functional activities such as biting, chewing, cutting, and proper occlusion (bite). Dental implants need a healthy oral environment for successful long-term fusion with your jawbone. As such, active gum disease and bone loss must be resolved before dental implants are considered.
To prevent avoidable mistakes and minimize the risk of complications and implant failure, it’s important to consult with an experienced top-rated implant dentist and to be wary of the following five issues:
Being told you’re an ideal candidate when you have preexisting issues
High-volume centers in which dental implants are offered as a one-size-fits all solution
Bargain-basement prices using inferior quality implants
Improper placement in areas with insufficient bone density or in areas that impinge on the nerve in the lower jaw or the sinus cavity in the upper jaw
Placing permanent teeth on implants prior to adequate healing
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ISSUES THAT CAN IMPACT DENTAL IMPLANT OUTCOMES
During your first consultation, Dr. Motufau will assess your oral health and determine if a preexisting condition may interfere with being a good candidate for dental implants in Montrose and Grand Junction, CO. The complimentary consultation includes diagnostic imaging to help identify areas of bone loss and visualize sinuses and nerves so we can create an accurate treatment plan. In addition to bone loss and gum disease, the following issues can negatively impact fusion and long-term dental implant success.
Overall health is a more critical factor than age, although both can result in less than ideal outcomes. Studies have shown advanced age increases the risk of implant failure, likely because older patients are more prone to systemic health conditions, poor jaw bone health, and potentially longer healing times.
Studies have found common complications of bruxism include fracture of the implant and or ceramic restoration and loose or fractured screws. If you severely grind or clench your teeth, Dr. Motufau will use special dental implant technology that can withstand ongoing pressure and may recommend a custom-made mouthguard.
Underlying medical conditions, especially if improperly controlled (e.g. diabetes, hyperglycemia, hyperthyroidism, and immune system disorders) make it more difficult for your body to heal after surgery and also increase the risk of postsurgical infection. Osteoporosis can impact the success of dental implants, especially in patients that have been on long-term bisphosphonate therapy. In addition, certain medications such as steroids or drugs that suppress the immune system can also impair fusion with your jawbone. Although these conditions don’t prohibit getting dental implants, Dr. Motufau will adjust your treatment plan to improve the likelihood of a successful outcome.
Multiple studies show dental implants have a lower success rate in smokers. Smoking affects your oral and general health, including low infection resistance and delayed wound healing. Smoking negatively impacts fusion of dental implants in the jawbone by lowering blood flow, while the harmful residues from tobacco delay wound healing and hamper new cell growth.
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DENTAL IMPLANT EXPERIENCE MATTERS
Even if you’re an ideal patient with good overall health and healthy gums and bone, it’s important to seek treatment from an experienced implant dentist. Dr. Motufau is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics, and Misch International Implant Institute. These distinctions set him apart from many of his peers in the field of implant dentistry. In addition to placing more than 4,000 dental implants and over 10,000 dentures, Dr. Motufau has proven experience in all preliminary treatments and regularly attends advanced courses to stay apprised of the latest innovations. He leverages sophisticated digital software, cutting-edge surgical technologies, and a state-of-the-art onsite lab to deliver highly precise and accurate treatment with long-lasting results.
PERSONALIZED SOLUTIONS TO RESTORE YOUR SMILE
By combining vast expertise with advanced technologies, Grand Valley Dentures and Implants consistently helps restore the smiles and lives of patients with transformative dental implants and implant-supported dentures. We’re dedicated to helping you become a good candidate for dental implants in Montrose and Grand Junction, CO because we believe everyone deserves the life-changing benefits provided by high-quality tooth replacement options!
WE’RE DEDICATED TO CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AND COMPASSIONATE CARE.
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