longmont dental implants

Longmont Dental Implants

Shaped like a screw, dental implants function as artificial tooth roots. They are placed in the bone structure to provide a permanent base for a prosthetic device, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures, allowing the prosthetic device to function like natural teeth.

The most common and best type of implant is an Endosteal implant, which is what we use in our dental practice.

diagram showing the parts of a dental implant

What Are the Parts of a Dental Implant?


The post or “implant” is the screw-like device that is integrated with the bone and occurs entirely below the gumline


An abutment is also known as a connector because it connects the post to the replacement teeth. Implants often need time to integrate with the bone structure before a prosthetic device, like a crown, can be placed. In this case, we place the post first, and then we place the abutment at the same time we place the replacement teeth


This is the replacement tooth that is attached to the implant, which is usually a crown, bridge, or denture.

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What Materials Do Dental Implants Use?

Our office uses only dental implants manufactured from medical-grade titanium, an extremely durable material that resists corrosion and lasts a lifetime.

Who is a Candidate?

The following are prerequisites to be a candidate for a dental implant:

  • Adequate bone structure (or a candidate for bone grafting)
  • Healthy gums
  • No medical conditions that would compromise bone health, such as uncontrolled diabetes or osteoporosis

Types of Implants

Same-Day Implants

Also known as immediate implants, these are placed at the same time the tooth is extracted. The only time we don’t perform same-day implants is when a bone graft is needed. In this case, we perform the bone graft and wait about four to six months before placing the implant.

Full-Arch Implants

If you need to replace all of your upper or lower teeth, all-on-4’s are a great option.  This is a type of denture that is secured  by 4 dental implants.  It’s the most secure way of replacing all of your upper or lower teeth.

Methods to Connect Dental Implants to Dentures


Also known as screw-in denture implants, these are the most secure way to attach dentures and what we often recommend.


As the name implies, these are dentures that snap in and out and cost less than screw-ins. However, we typically don’t recommend these as screw-ins offer more advantages

Rendering of woman getting sedation dentistry and dreaming about being on a beach

Is Getting a Dental Implant Painful?

We use a local anesthetic to make your experience more comfortable. If you’re anxious about this procedure, we offer sedation dentistry to make your visit much more comfortable.

Learn More About Sedation Dentistry

What Is the Process?

The process for dental implants at our office begins with scanning your mouth with an iTero to create a 3D map of it. If necessary, we extract the tooth, and, unless you need a dental bone graft, we place the implant on the same day!

If you require a bone graft, you’ll need to wait about four to six months to allow the bone to regenerate before receiving the implant.

Technology We Use for Placing Dental Implants


This type of CAT scan takes 3D images of your mouth.


This generates a 3D image of your mouth and enables an accurate treatment plan for your bridge, crown, or dentures.


Dr. Hedrick uploads the 3D scan of your mouth into our CEREC machine to create a guide to ensure that the implant is placed in the correct spot in your jawbone.

How to Care for Your Dental Implant

You should care for your implant similar to the way you would care for your natural teeth, but there are a few differences.

First, we recommend that you use a water flosser with the plaque seeker tip.  This is a special type of tip for the Waterpik  called a plaque seeker tip specifically for people with implants, crowns, and bridges.  You can learn more about it in our guide on Waterpik tips.

Second, if you have bridges or an all-on-4 to go along with your implants there are other types of floss you can use to clean between your gum tissue and device.

Finally, there are additional types of toothbrushes you can use,  such as the interdental brush.

Are Dental Implants Covered by Insurance?

Yes, dental implants are typically covered by insurance at 50%.

longmont dental implant dentist dr adrienne hedrick

Dr. Hedrick’s Thoughts

“When patients are concerned about the implant procedure hurting, I remind them that having no tooth is more painful.

My approach to implants is known as a “crown-down.” We use our CBCT and CEREC to overlay scans, and the CBCT 3D image will determine exactly where I need to place the crown and implant.

This is a very predictable surgery with little pain or discomfort, and normal activities can resume the next day. Regarding pain, most patients take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory for a few days after the procedure.”


Why Get Dental Implants at Longmont Dental Loft?

If you’re looking for dental implants in Longmont, you can’t go wrong with Dr. Hedrick. In addition to her high-level skill at placing them, we have all the technology you need for a top-notch experience. Our 3D scanner is extremely accurate, and you won’t have to deal with traditional impression material. Also, our same-day implants along with a crown or bridge mean fewer trips to the dentist. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 303-772-6333.