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What's Special About Our Dental Implants?
At SmileCOS Dentistry we pride our practice on the personal touch that we offer every patient who walks in our door. When you commit to one or several dental implants with us, we make a pledge to you that we will treat you with the care and respect that we would our own family. We source only the highest quality implants and restorations crafted by artisan level professionals.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Potential to last a lifetime
Restore ability to eat as you did with natural teeth
Restored facial structure
Speak as you did before tooth loss
No dental adhesives
Ease of cleaning and care
Commitment to care
Top tier professionals
We work with your insurance
Local to you
Andrew Miller, DDS
Andrew Miller, DDS hails from a large family in the Midwest. After finishing an undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Nebraska, he attended the Medical Center and received his doctorate of Dental Surgery. For three years, he worked in a Cosmetic practice with an emphasis on full mouth rehabilitation in Littleton, CO. In 2003 he transitioned to Colorado Springs to work in a family practice that emphasized Orthodontics and TMJ Disorders. Post doctoral continuing education includes Cosmetic Dentistry, Cleft Pallet Surgery, Bonding, Root Canals, Conscious Sedation, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontal non-surgical and surgical treatment, Implant Placement and Restoration. He is a member of the Colorado Springs Dental Society, American Dental Association, and Colorado Dental Association.
Francisco Darquea, DDS
Dr. Darquea grew up in Quito, Ecuador and became a U.S. citizen on August 22, 2012. He is fluent in both Spanish and English. Dr. Darquea graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Bioinformatics and a minor in Computer Science and Business. He obtained his doctorate of Dental Surgery from Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry. To further increase his skills and knowledge Dr. Darquea completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry at Idaho State University. His advanced training focused in oral surgery, implant placement and restoration, IV Sedation, Oral Conscious sedation, cosmetic dentistry and full mouth rehabilitation. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Seattle Study Club of Southern Colorado, Colorado Dental Association and Colorado Springs Dental Society,. He enjoys playing piano, playing tennis, and staying in great physical condition. He is married and has three children – all boys. With a growing family he has become proficient in capturing family moments with his love of photography. He is very excited about the opportunity to meet and learn about you, and to help maintain your oral health.
Daniel Lamb, DMD
Dr. Daniel Lamb D.M.D. has been setting the highest standards of excellence in dentistry since 2006. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and his dental degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. An esteemed member of the dental community, Dr. Lamb is an active member in many leading dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association, Colorado Springs Dental Society and the Academy of General Dentistry. He enjoys giving back to his community by participating in the Give Kids a Smile program, and in his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, sports, computers, technology and spending time with his family. He is also a huge college sports fan, and loves to follow his alma mater - the University of Utah.
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Dental Implant FAQ's
Dental implants are a type of dental restoration that is ideal for patients who have lost one or more of their permanent, adult teeth. Unlike dentures, which are only temporary and may last between seven to ten years at most, dental implants can typically last your entire life (if you properly maintain them).
Dental implants have three parts to them. The first part is the titanium post. Titanium is used in the post because the human body does not reject this metal. Instead, bone builds up over the implant, a process known as "osseointegration." The titanium post is attached to the abutment, which is considered a connector component. This abutment attaches the post to the final part of the implant, which is called the restoration (or the "crown").
It’s hard to know for sure unless we can do an exam with you, but usually, the answer is yes. Some of the factors that we consider when examining your mouth to see if dental implants are a good fit for you are as follows.
We look at the amount of time you have been without teeth. Tooth loss can mean bone loss in the jaw, and if there is significant bone loss in your jaw, we may have to perform a bone graft before proceeding with dental implant placement.
We also look at the habits you maintain. Smokers and tobacco users generally are encouraged to quit before considering dental implants as tobacco use can mean rejection of the implant.
Probably not! Chewing your food and enjoying the comforts of "real teeth" is something that everyone can enjoy.
There are a few different applications for dental implants and a few different kinds of implants. Normal implant posts are made of titanium, but there are also zirconia implants for those with poor gum health.
Dental implants can last for the rest of your life if you take care of them properly, which includes regular visits to our office for cleanings and exams.
Depending on the number of implants you need placed and the state of your oral health before starting your journey, the procedure can vary in length. Usually the planning and placement process only takes a couple weeks. The recovery process varies the most depending on how many implants you have placed.
Absolutely! There is no greater solution to lost teeth available today than a dental implant. They are superior in every way to removable restorations in both the freedom and the oral health that they lend to the patient.
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