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Dental Implants

Missing teeth can not only be embarrassing, but may undermine the health of your entire smile. 

If you're missing one or all of your teeth, Dr. Terrance Wolbaum can restore your ability to bite, chew, and smile with dental implants.

Learn how Pioneer Hills Dental in Aurora, CO, can treat tooth loss using implants.

Dental Implants Work Understanding How 

Many patients have misconceptions about implants and how they're used. Here are the basics about implant dentistry and what makes it so effective.

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Artificial Tooth Roots

Dental implants are artificial roots that are surgically embedded into the jawbone. During a months-long recovery, the implants fuse with the jawbone, a process known as osseointegration.

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Support for False Teeth

Once the implants are topped with an abutment, they are able to support crowns, bridges, or full sets of dentures.

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Excellent Stability

Since the implants fuse with the jawbone, they offer greater stability, comparable to natural tooth roots. No creams or adhesives are required to keep implant restorations in place as you eat and speak.

Natural-Looking Results for a Fully Functional Smile

Dental implants are an ideal way to replace your teeth that can last for decades.

Candidacy for Dental Implants

Missing or Broken Teeth

People who are missing teeth or have severely decayed or fractured teeth are ideal candidates for dental implants. A broken tooth will need to be extracted before an implant can be placed.

Healthy Enough for Oral Surgery

Patients must be in good enough health to undergo oral surgery. They should not suffer from any medical conditions that put wellness at stake or that increase the risk of complications.

Sufficient Bone and Gum Structure

Healthy bone and gums are needed to support the implant. Since tooth loss leads to bone loss and gum recession, lack of tissue density could pose problems for some potential patients.

Contact a Skilled Dentist to Learn About Dental Implants

Dr. Wolbaum is one of the leading dentists in Aurora, CO. He strives to provide families with compassionate and effective cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry solutions. When it comes to dental implants, he is someone patients can trust.

Dr. Wolbaum holds a Misch Fellowship from the Misch International Implant Institute, an organization that has set the standards for dental implant education for more than 30 years. A Misch Fellowship dentist is someone with advanced knowledge about implants, bone grafting, and achieving lasting results for patients.

To learn more about dental implants and how they can benefit you, contact Pioneer Hills Dental online. You can also reach our practice by phone at:

(303) 766-8811

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Five Star Dentistry for the People of Aurora

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Nicholas Gallardo

2020

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Flawless experience from start to finish! Dr. Wolbaum's practice is clean, professional, transparent, and he and the staff truly care about their patients. They welcomed me in like family even amidst a global pandemic!

Shout out to Amanda for your patience and cooperation with all of my insurance/dental questions. You were always so thorough, accurate, and transparent about insurance costs and set a great expectation for my 1st visit!

Thank you to Dr. T (Terrence Wolbaum) for taking the time to really get to know me and my specific needs as a patient and for being so empathetic, educational, and genuine as a Doctor and community leader.

Finally, thank you to Jennifer for providing me a nice welcome in the dental chair and ensuring I was comfortable and relaxed. Will definitely be bringing my family here and referring others to do the same!

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Angelina Rivera

2020

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Dr. Wolbaum and the staff of Pioneer Hills Dental are absolutely amazing. From the minute that you walk into the door you are greeted by a friendly staff member. The dental hygienists are friendly, professional, and highly knowledgeable. Dr. Wolbaum is very thorough in his analysis of your dental health and funny and friendly as well. My family and I always feel at home when coming for our dental appointments. All of the staff is readily available for assistance and their level of communication is unmatched. I highly recommend Pioneer Hills Dental for all of your dental needs.

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Types of Dental Implants We Use at Our Practice

Different implant options are available to fill tooth gaps or completely restore a smile, including:
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Traditional Implants

Traditional dental implants consists of a screw made of titanium or other biocompatible materials. The implant post is anchored into the jawbone. We use high-end Biohorizon and Astra implants at Pioneer Hills Dental given their high success rates.

Mini Dental Implants

Mini dental implants are similar to traditional implants. Because they are smaller in diameter, they require less jawbone structure to be anchored in place and can thus be inserted without a bone graft. The final results of getting mini dental implants are comparable to those of traditional implants.

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All-on-4

The All-on-4® system is a way to get a set of full dentures supported by just four dental implants. The best part is that the implants are placed in a single visit. Thanks to careful placement and planning, these same-day implants yield great results.

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Facts and Figures Tooth Loss Among Older Patients

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*According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Given the rates of tooth loss, it's no surprise that many of our patients who get implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures are age 50 and older.

Bone and Gum Grafting Before Placing Implants

Missing teeth can cause the loss of bone and gum density. If patients are still interested in implants, grafting surgery can be performed to build up the jaw and gumline.

Bone Grafting

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Bone grafts restore density to the jawbone through the use of harvested bone, donor bone, or synthetic material. After healing, the patient will be ready for dental implants.

Gum Graft

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A gum graft rebuilds the gumline along the gap left by a missing tooth or multiple teeth. Soft tissue harvested from the palate or donor allografts can be used.

Schedule a Consultation at Pioneer Hills Dental

Dr. Wolbaum and the entire team at Pioneer Hills Dental is proud to offer the families of Aurora, CO, a patient-centered dentistry experience. We build genuine connections with our patients and believe strongly in connection and community.

Dr. Wolbaum is a member of the American Dental Association, the Colorado Dental Association, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the Metropolitan Denver Dental Society, and the New Dentist Committee.

To speak with a Misch Fellowship dentist about dental implants, contact Pioneer Hills Dental online. You can also call our office at:

(303) 766-8811

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High Quality Dental Care Helping People All Over Aurora

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Alijah Smith

2020

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I always hated going to the dentist until I found Pioneer Hills. Dr. Wolbaum and his staff are caring, efficient, and professional. Their oral health services are excellent, and they are compassionate about your health. By far, the best experience!

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Amanda Yip

2020

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I’ve been to a few other dental places before I found Pioneer Hills Dental and haven’t gone anywhere else since! The staff here truly cares about their patients. They are always thorough in their cleaning and are honest in their recommendations.

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A Treatment Timeline for Placing Dental Implants

From start to finish, the process of placing and restoring dental implants typically takes several months to complete. When you visit our Aurora practice, we will provide a detailed breakdown of the process.

Thanks to implants, Dr. Terrance Wolbaum is able to rejuvenate the appearance and strength of a person's smile.
Thanks to implants, Dr. Terrance Wolbaum is able to rejuvenate the appearance and strength of a person's smile.

Initial Consultation

During the consultation, we will discuss your tooth replacement goals and examine any remaining natural teeth. This is a chance to get answers to any questions you may have.

Anesthetic and Sedation

Prior to oral surgery, local anesthesia is administered to eliminate pain. Sedation techniques can also be used to put patients into a calm and fully relaxed state.

Placing the Implants

Incisions are made along the gumline to expose the jawbone. The titanium implant is then inserted, using the socket where the original tooth was rooted when possible.

Initial Healing Period

Healing from surgery lasts about 12 weeks. During this time, the titanium fuses with the surrounding jawbone. The process continues when osseointegration is complete.

Placing the Abutment

The abutment is the part of the implant that secures and supports the finished restoration. The abutment is placed during a second oral surgery procedure.

Second Healing Period

Healing after the abutment is placed takes much less time than the first recovery period. For most patients, the gums heal from this second surgery in just four to six weeks.

Attaching the Restoration

Once the abutment is in place and the patient is healed, the dental implant is ready for the last step. The final custom crown, bridge, or denture is anchored in place.

High Rates of Satisfaction from Dental Implant Patients

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Implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures have high rates of success and satisfaction. The majority of patients are satisfied by the look and feel of the results.

State-of-the-Art Dental Care for Families Here in Aurora

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Alexandra Ginter

2020

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What a great dental office! Very clean, worked really well with my difficult schedule, everyone was very professional but also warm and kind. For those who don’t mind going to the dentist or those who are apprehensive about it, this office is a great choice! They’ll make you feel comfortable.

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Stacey Lyon-Cronk

2020

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I'm terrified of the dentist, as many people are. It took me a long time to schedule this appointment with the prodding of my husband, and I chose Pioneer Hills because a co-worker referred me. They were warm, welcome, and friendly from the get go and they set up a clear treatment plan. They also contacted my insurance to find out what was covered and how much I would expect to pay out of pocket. They were calm and comforting through the entire process, and I can honestly say that most of my fears of following through with my treatment plan are alleviated. I'm glad I chose them.

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Pioneer Hills Dental

Pioneer Hills Dental is a comprehensive practice where patients of all ages can receive advanced dentistry in a state-of-the-art setting. Our dentist, Dr. Terrance Wolbaum, is an active member of many prestigious dental organizations, including: 

  • American Dental Association
  • Colorado Dental Association
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Metropolitan Denver Dental Society
  • New Dentist Committee
  • Misch Fellowship

To make dentistry more affordable for families, Dr. Wolbaum proudly accepts most dental insurances and financing through CareCredit®. To book your appointment, request a consultation online or call our practice at (303) 766-8811.

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