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Dental Implants

Are you looking for a reliable, long-term solution you can count on to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth?

Dr. Gregory Bauer provides dental implant restorations to help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile that is functional and aesthetic.

Find out why patients throughout Lakewood, CO, trust our friendly dental team to provide the care they need…

What Are Dental Implants?

Implants are the most trusted and reliable tooth replacement solution in dentistry. They are made up of three parts: the implant post, the abutment, and the restoration. Once placed into the jaw, the titanium posts mimic tooth roots and fuse with the surrounding tissue. Dr. Bauer coordinates with some of the finest oral surgeons in the area to place the implants. Once you are fully healed, you’ll return to our Lakewood office to receive your restoration and complete the process.
Implants go through the gums and into the jawbone, allowing you to replace missing teeth from root to crown.

Why Dental Implants Are the Superior Choice

Long-Lasting

After getting dental implants, you’ll likely never have to worry about them again. With proper care and maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. However, your restoration will eventually need to be replaced, making it important to stay on top of your routine dental exams at our Lakewood office.

Jawbone Retention

Just one missing tooth can drastically affect your jaw and cause the tissue to weaken over time due to bone atrophy. This can cause you to look older than you are and give your face a sunken appearance. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that can prevent jawbone recession.

Restored Function

Missing teeth can make it difficult to chew or properly enunciate words. Dental implants restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile confidently. You don't have to worry about your restorations slipping out of place the way traditional dentures sometimes can.

Boosted Self-Esteem

Implant-supported restorations look and feel like natural teeth and are designed to seamlessly blend in with the rest of your smile. Patients enjoy higher self-esteem and no longer feel the need to hide their smiles or feel self-conscious about their appearance.

"The Staff Here is the Best."

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Vicki Groninga

2020

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Dr. Bauer and his staff are amazing!! Dr. Bauer is caring, compassionate and a wonderful dentist. He takes the time to explain everything he is doing and is really gentle...I have never really been fond of dentists but my experience with this practice has changed my outlook, The staff here is the best! I highly recommend this practice to anyone searching for a dentist

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Mike Stapp

2019

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Bear Creek Family Dentists exemplifies how a dental center should operate. It starts with the front office that are the friendliest, most professional and accomadating you will find. Then the gentile care, knowledge and outstanding results of the hygienists and Dr. Bauer continue to impress me. I've been a client of theirs for decades and highly recommend them. Mike

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Start Your Journey to a Healthier Smile Request Your Consultation Today

Missing teeth can wreak havoc on your daily life. Are you tired of not being able to eat certain foods, having trouble pronouncing words, and not feeling confident about your smile? We invite you to book a consultation with Dr. Bauer to learn more about your options and how dental implants can truly transform your quality of life.

To get started, fill out our online contact form and a member of our team will be in contact with you. You may also call our Lakewood office at:

(303) 988-6767

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Why Choose Us for Dental Implants? Dentistry with a Personalized Touch

Top-Rated

Bear Creek Family Dental has received over 100 five-star reviews for the unparalleled level of care we provide. We strive to make each dental visit as pleasant and enjoyable as possible while providing stunning dental implant restorations of the highest quality.

Patient Education

Dental implants can be confusing, but we’re here to make them as simple as possible. We explain each treatment step in full detail to ensure patients understand the procedure and feel empowered and confident that implants are the best solution for them.

Compassionate Team

Our Lakewood team treats every patient like family. We truly love our jobs and enjoy getting to know each one of our patients on a personal level and learning about their needs. Here, you’re treated like a person, not just another appointment to check off for the day.

What are My Restoration Options?

At Bear Creek Family Dental in Lakewood, CO, we offer three kinds of dental implant restorations. Our dentist will work with you to determine which is best for your individual needs.

Implant-supported crown

Crowns

Dr. Bauer offers gold or high-grade porcelain crowns to replace a missing tooth or teeth and provide years of durability.

Implant-supported bridge

Bridge

If you are missing one or more consecutive teeth, a dental bridge is an excellent option to fill in the gaps to rebuild your smile.

Implant-supported denture

Dentures

Patients missing a full arch of teeth can experience a total transformation with the stability of implant-supported dentures.

"Dr. Bauer and His Staff Are Amazing!"

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K K

2019

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I have been a patient at Bear Creek Dental for over 10 years. The hygienists are top notch. And Dr. Bauer has never done wrong by me. This is a very friendly, comfortable, and highly competent dental office. Thank you Bear Creek.

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Charity Witherell

2019

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Dr. Bauer is friendly and is personable. He takes time out of his busy schedule to ask how you are and always explains any procedures very thoroughly. The staff are welcoming and friendly as well. If you are looking for a new dentist, try it out. You will be glad you did.

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The Dental Implant Treatment Process What to Expect

Consultation

Dr. Bauer will conduct an in-depth evaluation to learn about your treatment goals and determine if implants are right for you. He uses x-rays to examine your teeth, gums, and jaw. If he determines implants are the best solution for your missing teeth or tooth, he will recommend a trusted oral surgeon to perform your surgery.

Preparatory Procedures

Before beginning the implant process, any preparatory procedures such as bone grafting will be performed by a specialist. Once your gums have fully healed, the implant process can begin.

Implant Placement

The implant dentist will administer anesthesia to numb the area and ensure your comfort at all times. A small incision is made along the gums to access the jaw. The titanium posts are then carefully inserted into the jawbone.

First Healing Period

It will take around four to six months for the area to heal after implant placement. Over time, the titanium posts naturally fuse to the jawbone, locking them into place and creating a solid foundation.

Abutment Placement

After healing is complete, you will return to the dentist for abutment placement. The process is fairly simple and involves attaching the abutment to the titanium post.

Second Healing Period

It will take around two weeks for the implant area to heal after abutment placement.

Impressions

You will return to Bear Creek Family Dental to begin planning and designing your restoration. Dr. Bauer will take digital impressions of your mouth to create a crown, denture, or bridge that closely resembles natural teeth. The impressions are sent to an off-site dental lab, where technicians will create your stunning restoration.

Restoration Placement

Once the restoration is ready, Dr. Bauer will attach your custom crown, bridge, or denture to the implant for results that look and feel like a real tooth.

Let's Talk About Dental Implants Contact Us to Get Started

You don't have to go through life with missing teeth. Dr. Bauer can use dental implants to restore your smile and truly change your life. There's no reason to wait. Contact our Lakewood dental practice today to discuss implant options with a respected dentist.

You can arrange a dental implant consultation by contacting us online or calling our office. We look forward to hearing from you.

Call Us: (303) 988-6767

Words of Praise From Happy Patients

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andriagee

2020

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Is it crazy to say that I actually look forward to going to the dentist!?? I have been going to Dr. Bauer for years (both the old one and the new one) and they do the best dental work around! The whole staff is friendly and courteous and they truly make me love my teeth!! Best dentist ever!

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Dennis Zanto

2020

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We have been going Bear Creek Dental for about 35 years long before Greg Bauer took over for his uncle. Service has not changed in the entire time. The Dr and hygienists all very caring, honest and easy to talk to. Don’t change.

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Imagine Your Life with Dental Implants

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Smile with Confidence

If you have a missing tooth, you probably don't like smiling for photos, and you may have mastered the art of covering your mouth when you laugh. After replacing your tooth with a dental implant and a natural-looking restoration at our Lakewood practice, you'll love smiling. This can help you come across as more friendly and joyful.

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Bite and Chew Normally

Patients who choose traditional dentures or bridges often have to change the ways they bite and chew to keep their restorations in place. On the other hand, when you attach your prosthetic teeth to dental implants, they'll be fastened directly to your jawbone, allowing you to bite into all of your favorite foods without a second thought.

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Easy Maintenance

Traditional dentures can be a hassle for a number of reasons, but cleaning and maintaining them may be the worst of all. Meanwhile, implant-supported restorations can be treated just like natural teeth. You can bite and chew without worrying about them slipping out of place, and you can brush and floss your teeth like normal.

What Are the Risks of Dental Implants?

The surgical procedure to place the implants involves the same risks as any type of oral surgery. These risks include infection and negative reactions to anesthesia. Dr. Bauer only partners with trusted and experienced oral surgeons in the Lakewood area, so you can be confident that your procedure will be conducted as safely as possible.

There is a very small risk of implant failure, meaning the titanium implant fails to integrate with the bone. When this occurs, it's usually because the patient was not a good implant candidate in the first place, due to factors like poor bone density or tobacco use. Dr. Bauer will conduct a thorough evaluation during your initial consultation, and he will only recommend you for implant treatment if he is sure you are a good candidate.

Request Your Consultation

It's easy to request a dental implant consultation at Bear Creek Family Dental in Lakewood, CO. You can get in touch with us online or by phone. Contact us now to take the first step towards a fully functional, natural-looking smile.

Dental Implant FAQ

Are dental implants covered by insurance?

Some insurance plans will offer partial coverage for dental implant treatment, while others will not. If implants themselves are not covered, certain preparatory procedures or restoration costs may be. Insurance coverage for implant treatment can be confusing. Our team in Lakewood will help you review your policy so you can be sure to maximize your benefits.

Is it painful to receive dental implants?

Your implant placement procedure will be conducted with local anesthesia, so you shouldn't feel any discomfort during the surgery. If you are particularly nervous about implant surgery, we can help you find an oral surgeon who offers sedation, which can help you achieve deep relaxation during your treatment. After the implant surgery, you will likely experience some swelling and tenderness for a few days, but this can be effectively managed with over-the-counter pain medications.

Why are implant dentures better than traditional dentures?

Implant-supported restorations are superior to traditional dentures for several reasons. First, implant-supported restorations are connected directly to the jawbone, so they never slip or slide while you are speaking or eating. Second, because implants connect to the jawbone and replace tooth roots, they keep the bone strong and healthy, which reduces your risk of additional tooth loss and prevents you from developing a sunken facial appearance. 

Should I remove my unhealthy teeth and get implants?

At Bear Creek Family Dental in Lakewood, CO, we believe that natural teeth are always preferable to artificial teeth. If there's a chance to save your natural teeth, our dentist will recommend that route first. However, if your teeth have experienced extreme decay or breakage, removing the teeth and beginning dental implant treatment may be a viable option. 

How do I choose an implant dentist?

If you are considering dental implants, you should work with a respected dentist who will take the time to educate you about implant treatment and treat you with respect. Dr. Bauer is recognized by several professional organizations, and he excels at making his patients feel comfortable and valued. Plus, he uses natural-looking restorations that can give you a beautiful, confident smile.

"You Know You're in Good Hands in This Dental Practice"

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Irvin Quezada

2019

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I strongly considered switching dental practices simply because Bear Creek Family Dental is a little ways from where I live but when Doctor Bauer called me the night I had oral surgery to check up on me - it completely changed my mind! It meant so much to me that Doctor Bauer would take time out of his night to make a personal call - Bear Creek Family Dental has earned my loyalty!

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Liz Treichler

2019

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I have been a patient here for 30 years! The second Dr. Bauer is as excellent as the first Dr. Bauer. Office staff is welcoming, responsive, and caring. Dr. Bauer is thorough and extremely knowledgeable, as well as very thoughtful about patient comfort and understanding of procedures. You know you're in good hands in this dental practice.

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Dr. Gregory Bauer

Dr. Bauer of Bear Creek Family Dental is committed to providing every patient with a positive dental experience. We use the latest tools and techniques at our office to preserve and promote your oral health. Dr. Bauer is proud to be affiliated with:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry

For more information about our services, contact our practice online or call (303) 988-6767 today.

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