Dental implants are widely regarded as the most important advancement in dentistry since the introduction of fluoride.
Dental implants offer a contemporary solution for missing teeth and are the closest you can come to replacing them. Statistics show that nearly 70% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. Furthermore, by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.
Historically, patients had no alternative but to employ a fixed bridge or removable denture to restore their ability to eat, speak clearly and smile. Although they are still widely employed, fixed bridges and removable dentures are not the perfect solution. Removable dentures have metal clasps that secure them to the remaining natural teeth that may be visible when smiling; they may also slip or cause embarrassing clicking sounds while eating or speaking. Removable dentures may also accelerate bone loss in the area where the tooth or teeth are missing. Fixed bridges, while cemented in place, often require cutting down otherwise healthy adjacent teeth and ultimately place additional force on these natural teeth. They also do no allow for flossing in between the fused sets of crowns and can serve as “food traps” that can significantly increase the likelihood of recurrent decay, periodontal (gum) disease, and other factors that often doom fixed bridgework to early failure. For these reasons, fixed bridges and removable dentures usually need to be replaced every seven to 15 years.
Dental implants help eliminate virtually all of these concerns. They have now been around for over thirty years with decades of global research, clinical studies, and millions of patients to all attest to their status as the “gold standard” for replacing missing teeth. Rather than resting on the gum tissue like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that your oral and maxillofacial surgeon surgically places in the jawbone. Composed of titanium metal that “fuses” with the jawbone through a process called “osseointegration,” dental implants essentially serve as prosthetic roots that then support an overlying crown. They never slip or make embarrassing noises that advertise the fact that you have “false teeth” and never decay like teeth anchoring fixed bridges. Just as importantly, because the implants fuse with the jawbone they help maintain the health of your jawbone by preventing further bone loss.
After more than 30 years of service, the vast majority of dental implants first placed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States continue to still function at peak performance. Implant based dental restorations look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. They can support an active lifestyle and can give you back the quality of life you deserve.
At Peak Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center, Dr. Noori will employ his years of experience and training with dental implants at some of the leading academic institutions across the country. Additionally, our office utilizes some of the most cutting-edge imaging and surgical technology available anywhere- in addition to only using implants from the global leaders in implantology- to help you and your dentist treatment plan your surgery with the utmost accuracy assuring you the best result available.
Dr. Noori and his staff will take the time at every step of the process to discuss your unique situation in detail and explain all of the options available to you.
The loss of a tooth can be quite traumatic both psychologically and physiologically.
The absence of a single tooth can lead to significant cosmetic changes in a person’s smile; more importantly, however, it can have a tremendous effect on how a person’s teeth occlude (i.e., ‘bite’) together. In turn, this can affect the ability to properly chew food (and nutritional health) and, over time, lead to shifting of other teeth with a resultant forced change in how the jaws come together that can cause pain and discomfort with the jaw joint (TMJ).
Most immediately following tooth loss, the bone surrounding the now missing tooth slowly begins to resorb (i.e., shrink), resulting in a loss of both bone height and width. As bone resorbs, the overlying gum tissue also tends to lose both volume and its normal anatomic form. This loss of bone and gum tissue following tooth extraction also often results in both functional and cosmetic defects, leaving an unsightly collapsed appearance. Your dentist and Dr. Noori can further discuss these concerns with you along with steps that can be taken to prevent these changes following tooth loss.
Here, at Peak Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center, we understand how important a bright, warm smile can be. We also see firsthand the difference dental implants can make in our patient’s improvement in quality of life. Dental implants allow our patients to regain their original youthful smile and chewing capacity, allowing them to enjoy eating food as they previously did eliminating the need for dentures and bridges.
While there are literally hundreds of companies from around the world that manufacture dental implants and related components, we adamantly refuse to compromise the quality & potential longevity of your work by using cheaper, unproven implants. Nobel Biocare, Astra, Straumann, and 3i are the industry leaders in market share and have a long proven history of success with significant scientific and clinical research to support their use.
It is both our philosophy and goal at Peak Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center to optimize our patient’s treatment. By using dental implants systems with a long history and track record of success, we are ensuring that you will be able to keep your smile and dental implants for a long time.
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We understand and appreciate our patients’ desire for a holistic approach towards replacing their missing teeth. Peak Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center is proud to be one of a select few centers that offers Zirconium or Metal-Free Dental Implants. Dr. Noori has extensive experience with the use of Zirconium Implants and we are pleased to offer this option to our patients.
What are Zirconium Implants?
Not long ago, dental implants were a highly acclaimed novel technique. Now, dental implants are commonplace and more accessible to the general public. Research within the field of dental materials has once again revolutionized the field of dental implantology with the introduction of a new material, zirconium.
Metal-free implants, also known as zirconium or all-ceramic implants, are made of zirconium. Zirconium is a naturally occurring, extremely hard, metal-free substance. It is resistant against acids and corrosion. Just as importantly, it is biocompatible which means no allergic reactions should be expected.
Patients who currently experience allergic reactions to metals will not experience allergies with zirconium-based implants. Until recently, Zirconium implants have only been available in Europe; however, now they are FDA approved and available in the United States.
Dentures Stabilized By Dental Implants
Some of the major disadvantages of typical traditional dentures, which are not secured by dental implants:
- Unsecured dentures are uncomfortable and often painful
- Loose-fitting dentures do not look natural, especially when eating
- As the bone continues to melt away, the dentures become loose, and can fall out when laughing, sneezing, or coughing without the use of adhesive
- People without their teeth and supporting bone visibly age much faster
- Wearing unstabilized dentures usually undermines a person’s self-confidence.
- People with unsecured dentures cannot eat certain foods, such as steak, corn on the cob and apples
These problems can be solved with implant secured dentures, which are stable (securely fastened to 2-6 implants) and maintain the integrity of the facial structures by preserving the bone.
Some of the many advantages of dental implant retained dentures and dental implant supported dentures:
- They are more comfortable and stable than traditional dentures
- They virtually stop the bone resorption process (deterioration of jaw)
- Appearance is improved
- It is not necessary to cover the roof of the mouth, so food’s texture, temperature and taste can be better appreciated
- Relines and repairs are infrequent compared to traditional dentures
- No need for adhesives inside the mouth to help hold dentures in place
- Natural biting and chewing capacity is restored
Nobelbiocare® All-on-4 Dental Implant Procedure
Peak OMS Center is proud to be among the few centers in Denver that offers the ability to restore a full arch of upper and/or lower teeth in the same day using the innovative new implant technique called All-on-4 from Nobel Biocare. Qualified All-on-4 patients receive four Dental Implants and a full set of new replacement teeth per arch on the same day of treatment. The All-on-4 implants can be immediately loaded instead of waiting months to heal, thus allowing patients to leave with fixed teeth instead of having to wear dentures while the implants healed.
With loss of teeth, patients will experience loss of bone, diminished chewing function and will begin to appear to age more quickly. Individuals wearing lower dentures only retain 10% of their chewing capacity. With the All-on-4 technique, patients no longer wear dentures and regain up to 90% of their chewing capacity. This pioneering technique is specifically designed for individuals to re-establish their chewing function, stop bone loss and the effects of aging.
Unlike other approaches that involve more laborious and costly techniques often requiring bone grafting, sinus lifts, and eight or more implants per arch which can take up to 3 years to complete treatment, Dr. Noori uses this proven technique that involves only using four specially placed implants without the need for bone grafts & sinus lifts. The end result is a solid base of teeth that are fixed in place and are not removed. It means lower costs and reduced healing times allowing our patients to regain their original youthful smile and original function faster, more reliably. The All-on-4 technique is FDA approved and has a long history of success.
Dr. Haeman Noori is only one of a few select surgeons in Denver and a leader in delivering Nobel Biocare’s All-on-4 procedure for restoring a full arch of upper and/or lower teeth. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss whether this may be an option for you and are very happy to be able to offer one of the most exciting options in all of dentistry.
Dental implants are typically planned by your surgeon using a combination of both a clinical evaluation and careful examination of dental x-rays. Although extremely helpful, these x-rays only show a 2-dimensional view of the area. Typically, the “width” component and exact location of important anatomy such as nerves and sinuses cannot be adequately determined. We are proud to be able to offer a Cone Beam CT evaluation within our suite for our patient’s convenience.
This scan can be used to help determine the most optimal location for implant placement. Knowing this information in advance of the surgery not only allows for proper surgical planning, but also helps avoid surprises during the procedure.
CT Guided Implant Surgery incorporates 3-D CT scans, sophisticated computer CAD-CAM software, and biomedical engineering. This combination enables Dr. Noori to virtually plan and carry out your implant procedures with unrivaled accuracy and ease and to provide our patients with the best implant experience for practically all types of tooth replacement needs.
CT Guided Implant Surgery allows your procedure to be “performed” virtually in advance of your surgery. The majority of the work actually occurs when you are not in our office. During the planning stages of implant treatment, a scan will be taken and Dr. Noori will then use advanced computer programs to virtually place implants within the three dimensional representation of your mouth in the safest and most ideal positions. These implant positions can be shared in advance with your general dentist so that your treatment is meticulously thought out from both the surgical and restorative standpoints. Once the plan is perfected, it is sent to a company that makes a surgical guide. The guide allows for the implants to be placed exactly as they had been carefully planned digitally. This surgical guide will only allow the implant to be placed in the predetermined locations.
Guided Implant Surgery is typically performed in less than an hour. The need for incisions or sutures is often avoided which, in turn, helps minimize post-operative swelling and/or discomfort. This state-of-the-art procedure can be used for all patients requiring any type of implant restoration from a single tooth to full mouth restorations.
Major patient benefits:
Increased Predictability and Safety
By planning your treatment and transforming this into a surgical template, there is a much higher degree of patient safety and predictability compared to “freehand” implant placement. Dr. Noori will communicate with your general dentist to ensure optimal esthetic results even before you begin your procedure.
Minimally Invasive Procedures
This treatment option reduces discomfort and post-operative swelling considerably for our patients compared to conventional treatment by allowing your surgeon to truly perform minimally invasive procedures. This treatment method also reduces the number and duration of appointments for our patients, which means fewer interruptions in everyday life.