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Dental Implants in Fort Collins

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The Most Effective Way to Replace Missing Teeth

Dental Implants is a restorative dentistry procedure that offers the most effective way for most people to replace missing teeth. Our dental office in Fort Collins offers implant dentistry as a tooth replacement option.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental Implants are artificial tooth root that is inserted into the jawbone. A dental implant is used to support a dental crown, bridge, or denture.
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants may be the ideal solution for you.

Dental Implants Procedure

Dental Exam and Assessment

If you need to replace one or more teeth, you’ll want to set up a dental appointment at our Fort Collins office. At that time, you can express your goals and concerns with our Fort Collins dentist, Dr. Murphy, who will determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for dental implants.

The assessment process involves taking x-ray images and CT Scans to determine the feasibility of implants for your specific situation. Using the latest technology the CT Scan is then used to generate a surgical guide that allows Dr. Murphy to plan an implant virtually and then accurately place an implant in the most safe, predictable, and efficient manner. In addition to increased accuracy, patients will also save chair time.

If you’re a good candidate for dental implants, the process will require at least two additional visits to our Fort Collins office after your initial exam. The procedures will vary based on your overall oral health and bone density. Below is the general process of getting a dental implant.

Tooth Extraction (for some patients)

In the event that you have one or more diseased teeth that need to be extracted, this will be normally performed prior to starting the dental implant process, in some cases extractions and placement of implant can be done the same day.

Bone Grafting (for some patients)

In some cases – especially if your tooth has been missing for a long time – it may be necessary to enhance the bone in the jaw through bone grafting. This bone graft may be necessary in order to support dental implants.

The bone grafting procedure involves taking bone from another source, such as Alloplast (synthetic material), Xenograft (animal source) or Allograft (cadaver bone). The grafted bone will eventually fuse with the natural bone in the jaw, providing a strong foundation for dental implants.

Placement of Dental Implant

The implant will be surgically placed into your jawbone once it is determined that your bone is strong enough to support a dental implant. In many cases, a temporary crown is placed on top of the implant so that you have chewing function for the missing tooth.
At this point, you’ll need to wait for the implanted area to heal while the implant integrates with the bone tissue over a period of time. This healing process usually takes a few months. Dr. Murphy will provide you with an anticipated timeline as part of your overall treatment plan.

Placement of the Crown

The final step is the attachment of the dental restoration which is usually a crown. This occurs after your mouth has fully healed.
The crown is fabricated at the dental lab and it will look like your natural tooth. It will match your teeth and will be aligned perfectly with your bite.

Ongoing Oral Health Care

After your dental implant is in place, you’ll perform the same brushing and WaterPiking for your dental implant that you do for your natural teeth. You’ll still come in regularly for dental exams and dental cleanings so that we can assess the state of all of your teeth – including the dental implant.

For patients, a major benefit of continuing ongoing care at our office is that patients will be treated using the AIRFLOW master which is a technique that is gentle to the gums and soft tissues of the mouth. Rather than using traditional metal tools such as cavitrons, air/water and powder are used to remove biofilm and plaque from the teeth and gums. With this latest technology the Hygienist will be able to maintain the health of the implant better than we have ever been able to do before, with minimally-invasive access to the periodontal pocket, restoration and implant without the need to remove crowns or prosthetics, the ability to reach deeper pocket depths, without harm.

Treatment for Peri Implantitis

At Murphy Dental patients have access to laser therapy using the Fontona Laser, the latest technology for treatment of Peri-Implantitis. This technology allows us to treat a failing implant vs. surgically removing the implant and starting the implant process over. The laser is in a minimally invasive technique in which the dead tissue is removed, sterilizing the infected area, and for the first time ever has the ability to regenerate healing, attachment of the tissue and regenerate bone, therefore stabilizing the once failing implant.

Fotona Laser Peri-implantitis Treatment Benefits:

  • Minimally-invasive technique
    No thermal damage to the surrounding bone
  • Fast regeneration/healing
  • Reduced inflammatory response
  • Greater long-term implant success
  • Digitally controlled handpiece technology for unmatched levels of precision

Laser Treatment Details (How it Works)

Infection control, detoxification of implant surfaces, regeneration of lost tissues, and plaque-control regimens are all important aspects of peri-implant disease management. The Er:YAG laser is used to remove microbial composition from the implant without causing damage to it, as well as to treat the damaged alveolar bone surrounding the implant. Following Er:YAG treatment, Nd:YAG or a suitable diode laser wavelength is used to reduce bacteria and stimulate biostimulation. Laser therapy is effective for both peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis.

Peri-implant Diseases Explained

Peri-implantitis is a damaging inflammatory process that affects the soft and hard tissues that surround dental implants. The soft tissues become inflamed, while the alveolar bone (hard tissue) that surrounds the implant gradually deteriorates. Peri-implantitis is distinguished from peri-mucositis by the presence of bone loss. Peri-mucositis is a reversible inflammatory reaction involving only the soft tissues surrounding the implant.

Dental Implants Benefits

Dental implants offer a huge advantage over non-treatment – and they’re also superior to more traditional teeth replacement options like bridges and dentures.

Dental Implants Look and Feel Like Natural Teeth

Dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth. The replacement tooth is usually a zirconia crown, so they blend in perfectly with your smile.

Dental Implants Improve Chewing and Speaking

Missing teeth can adversely affect your speech by causing annunciation problems. This is especially true if the missing teeth are located towards the front of the mouth.
Missing teeth at the front of your mouth will also have a negative effect on your smile.
Dental implants do a great job of not only improving your smile but improving your speech as well.

Dental Implants Last a Lifetime

Dental Implants last a lifetime with proper care. This provides a major advantage over dentures and bridges which will need to be periodically replaced

Dental Implants Help Prevent Further Problems

Avoid Additional Stress on Teeth

Dental implants are extremely beneficial to nearby teeth. Tooth loss stresses nearby teeth as additional pressure is applied to those teeth when chewing, and the load is no longer shared with the now-missing tooth. The dental implant acts as a natural tooth and is able to bear the load.

Prevent Bone Loss and Tooth Movement

Without dental implants, teeth can actually shift and move around. This can result in additional tooth loss and even bone loss of your underlying jaw bone. Dental Implants anchor directly to the bone and prevent this unwanted migration of teeth.

Superior to Dental Bridges

Unlike dental bridges which rely on adjacent teeth for support, dental implants stand on their own. This helps to prevent any further dental problems by reducing the load on those adjacent teeth

Better than Dentures

Dental Implants stay in place as they’re permanently anchored to your jaw. They feel just like your real teeth. This is in stark contrast to dentures which have a tendency to slip and require frequent maintenance.
Dental Implants stay in place and become part of your normal daily oral hygiene routine.

Dental Implants Look and Feel Like Real Teeth

Another great advantage of dental implants is that they look and feel like natural teeth. You can eat your favorite foods without worry, and smile with confidence knowing that your dental implants look great and will stay in place.

What are the Different Types of Dental Implants?

Single / Multiple Tooth Implants

Single and multiple tooth implants are the same kind of implants discussed above – the only difference being the number of teeth that are being replaced.

Mini Dental Implants

Mini Dental Implants are dental implants that are about the size of a toothpick. The placing of the mini dental implants is less invasive than traditional implants due to the smaller size of the implant, and the fact that the bone requirements for the implant are less strict.
While mini dental implants don’t typically last a lifetime like traditional dental implants, they do offer some advantages:
  • Less Time Required – Mini dental implants can usually be placed in just one dental office visit.
  • Less Invasive Surgery – The mini implant procedure occurs on top – rather than under the gums
  • Less Stringent Bone Mass Requirements – Mini implants don’t require as much bone to be present for the implants to anchor to.

All-on-4 Dental Implants

This is an alternative implant solution for people who are missing most of their teeth. The procedure involves the use of 4 implants that secure 10-14 teeth. Usually, All-on-4 would be used to replace all of your upper or lower teeth.
All-on-4 Dental implants are oftentimes a great option for patients who have severe bone loss. While bone grafting may be required for single or multiple tooth implants, it oftentimes isn’t necessary for All-on-4.

Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Dental implants will vary widely from patient to patient.

Some patients require additional procedures (like extractions and bone grafting) prior to implant placement. Some patients only need to replace a single tooth - other patients need full mouth implants.

There is really no way to tell how much dental implants will cost until you come in for a dental implant consultation. If the exam reveals that dental implants may be a good fit for you, we will come up with a treatment plan and an estimated cost.

The cost of not getting dental implants can actually be much higher than getting dental implants. Alternative dental procedures - like bridges - may actually create a situation that causes additional tooth loss and bone loss. This is due to the stress that a dental bridge puts on teeth that are surrounding the area vacated by the missing tooth.

Note that we have flexible payment options for our dental services. We accept cash and credit. We also accept financing through CareCredit. Additionally, we have an in-house dental plan that may be helpful for getting the dental care you need.

Finally, we accept most dental insurance plans - more details on that below...

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Most major dental insurers cover at least a portion of the cost of dental implants.

We're experts at navigating the complex world of dental insurance here at Murphy Dental. Call us with your dental insurance company information, and we'll be able to tell you how much your plan covers.

Is Dental Implant Surgery Painful?

This is a surgical procedure. We will keep you comfortable by applying local anesthesia in the areas that are being worked on. We also have sedation dentistry options - oral sedation, iv sedation and Nitrous Oxide - to make sure that you stay comfortable during all dental procedures.

What are the Different Types of Dental Implants Materials?

The two main types of materials used in dental implants are Titanium and Zirconia.

Titanium Dental Implants

Titanium dental implants are an extremely popular dental implant choice with patients for over 40 years. Titanium is considered "biocompatible". This means that it is usually readily accepted by the body.

Titanium has been used in dental surgery since the 1940s - and in other bone-related surgeries - like joint and spinal surgeries - since the 1950s. It bonds well with bone, making it a perfect choice for dental implants.

The success rate of Titanium dental implants is extremely high.

Zirconia Dental Implants

Zirconia implants are ceramic-based dental implants that are also compatible with the human body (similar to titanium implants).

They are naturally resistant to bacteria growth.

From an aesthetics standpoint, zirconia implants are tooth-colored, so they blend in a bit more along the gumline when compared to titanium implants.

It is difficult to track down reliable studies, but it appears that zirconia dental implants may have a higher incidence of failure than titanium dental implants.

Easy Payment Options

We accept most major insurance, cash, most credit cards, and offer patient financing with Cherry and CareCredit.
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Comprehensive Dental Exam

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Emergency Exam (Problem-Focused) and X-Ray for Diagnosis: $50.00**

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- Zoom!® In-Office Whitening with Take-Home Trays for $450
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- For Implants, Impacted Teeth, Surgical Procedures

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Welcome from Dr. Murphy

About Dr. Murphy

We are excited to welcome you to Murphy Dental! Our goal is to provide excellent care and a relaxing environment for our patients. Whether you are looking for a routine checkup, cosmetic dentistry, emergency dentistry or restorative care, we can help!

We offer general dentistry, including cleanings, exams, X-rays, fillings, crowns and more. We also can provide restorative care, including endodontics, implantology and periodontics. We take pride in offering outstanding service at affordable prices.

Dr. Murphy is our Fort Collins Dentist. He is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the Colorado Dental Association (CDA). Our Fort Collins dental practice is consistently rated as a Top Dentist in 5280 Magazine thanks to Dr. Murphy and his skilled team of dental hygienists.

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(970) 225-8081


2038 Caribou Dr. Suite 101
Fort Collins, CO 80525


We’re located on Caribou Dr just west of Timberline Ave – north of Harmony Road and South of Horsetooth Road. For full directions click here.

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