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Denver Prosthodontist and Cosmetic Dentistry Options for Oral Care

A smile is a universal gesture of welcome and friendship. However, when people lack confidence in their appearance—because of damage to their teeth, missing teeth, or discoloration—it can be harder to share. Through Denver Prosthodontist and  cosmetic dentistry, Denver, patients can regain confidence in the way they greet the world.

“Cosmetic dentistry” is the broad term for dental practices that go beyond oral health to address aesthetic issues. Dr. Aldo Leopardi, Denver Prosthodontist and a leader in aesthetic care, offers a variety of solutions in prosthodontics and cosmetic dentistry. Denver patients are invited to compare some of these options below.


Dental Implants

When a patient is missing teeth, there are more concerns than just those seen above the gum line. After teeth have been missing for long enough, the bone that surrounds the location of the tooth root can begin to deteriorate in a process known as “bone resorption” (bone melting away).

Dental implants are a form of restorative and cosmetic dentistry that offers Denver patients a solution to missing teeth. The implant replaces the tooth root, which helps to preserve and strengthen bone in the area of the gap. Also, because artificial crowns are anchored to implants, they look and feel like natural teeth.


Fixed Devices

Another form of cosmetic dentistry that Denver patients might consider is a fixed appliance. Like implant dentistry, a fixed dental approach installs a device that is meant to remain in place long-term. One example is a dental bridge, which permanently fills a gap by connecting an artificial replacement tooth to adjacent teeth.

Fixed dental solutions offer some advantages. Once a dentist places it, a bridge or similar device can serve the patient without his or her intervention for years. Also, fixed solutions can be less costly than a dental implant.

However, dental implants are a more cost-effective investment over ones lifetime. Tooth-supported replacements last an average of 10 years according to the American Dental Association, while dental implants are over 95% successful for 20+ years. Also, bridges can create strain and wear on adjacent teeth.


Removable Devices

Typically, these solutions to missing teeth are prosthetic devices supported by the tissues of the mouth. For example, many conventional dentures are removable.

Removable devices often require less financial investment, fit comfortably, and provide an immediate aesthetic improvement. They do not require extensive medical procedures like other cosmetic dentistry solutions, which makes them a good option for Denver patients with health concerns.

However, removable devices may limit patients in the types of food they can chew. Also, they require regular maintenance, and they do not address the bone resorption concerns that dental implants do.


Your Best Choice

Dr. Aldo Leopardi serves patients throughout Greater Denver in need of an experienced cosmetic dentist (Littleton, Cherry Creek, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Castle Pines  to Broomfield, Aurora and all parts in between.) He helps his clients evaluate their options for aesthetic dental care, and then he implements these solutions to achieve great results on their behalf.

Learn more about the treatments available to you. Schedule an appointment today by calling (720) 488-7677.