Dental Implants

At Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team, Drs. Ken Versman, Doug Heller, Eric Beckman, Daniel Thousand pride themselves on preserving the health and function of natural teeth. When natural teeth cannot be saved, we look to dental implants as the ideal option for replacing lost teeth.

Even if you have lost just one tooth – whether it is a new situation or something you have lived with for years – chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium alloy anchors that act as a tooth root. Titanium is very biocompatible so the bone will grow around the implant and stabilize it. Once the implant is stable, then the implant can be used to hold a tooth (crown) or can stabilize a bridge or denture. Zirconia is also a biocompatible metal that can be used as an implant and has the advantage of being white like teeth. On the other hand, there are several limitations and risks to zirconia implants compared to titanium implants at this time.
Our Littleton / Aurora dental implant team, Drs. Heller, Beckman, Thousand, Versman, and Hyer, are uniquely qualified to provide a full range of implant dentistry procedures. To surgically install a dental implant in the correct 3-D position and to develop or ensure there is adequate bone and firm gum tissue around it requires training,knowledge, and artistic skill. All licensed dentists can place a dental implant but only very few have taken the education of a periodontists to ensure predictable and esthetic implant results. Implants have a very high “survival” rate, which means that they aren’t lost often. On the other hand, implant “success” rates can be much less because success is making sure the best esthetic result is attained. Periodontists studied 3 additional years and placed hundreds of implants under the guidance of their faculty before treating patients on their own.

Do Implants Last Forever?

Implants are by far the best option for replacing lost or failing teeth. On the other hand, they can have problems similar to natural teeth. Implants do not get cavities or tooth decay, but they can get gum disease (called peri-implantitis) and can get over-stressed. Periodontists save teeth inflicted with gum disease every day, so we are uniquely qualified to treat peri-implantitis and to prevent peri-implantitis on the implants that we place. This is why we work with some of the best implants on the market that maintain bone support and minimize peri-implantitis.
Implants can also be over-stressed by people who clench or grind their teeth. This is why we work with some of the best dentists and prosthodontists in the Denver area who can correctly install the implant crowns and can make a bite guard if necessary.

Our Littleton / Aurora dental implant team’s ultimate goal is for the implants that we place to stay with you for the rest of your lives but there are risk factors that need to be evaluated and corrected to meet this goal. Each patient needs to take ownership in their dental hygiene maintenance and risk aversions to keep their implants long-term.

Comparing Options: Dental Implants vs. Fixed Bridges vs. Partial Dentures

If you have one or two missing teeth, then you have the options of replacing the missing teeth with implants, bridges, or a partial denture. You also have the option of not replacing the tooth/teeth at all, but this may result in shifting teeth, a faulty bite, or loss of other teeth in the future.

Dental Implants

Dental implants provide a fixed (meaning the teeth do not get removed) solution, and give the ability to chew just like they were normal teeth. They also do not get tooth decay and do not traumatize the adjacent teeth. One drawback to implants is that they require several months to get the final tooth in place because the bone needs to heal around the implant before it can be used.

Fixed Bridges

Fixed bridges are faster (only hours to weeks) and less expensive in the short term. Unfortunately, bridge can be more expensive long-term because they only last 10-15 years. If you get a cavity in one of the anchoring teeth, then the whole bridge needs to be replaced. If you have implants, then only the tooth with the decay will need to be treated. The anchoring teeth are also shaved down to make the bridge. There are instances when a bridge is the best option, but implants are a superior option most of the time

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures hold on to adjacent teeth with metal clasps but can replaced several missing teeth. Thus, if someone has many missing teeth and stable anchoring teeth, then a partial denture can be a good option. The main drawbacks to partial dentures is that it can traumatize and loosen the anchoring teeth over time and it needs to be removed and cleaned after meals and while sleeping.
Once you learn about dental implants, you will finally realize that there is a way to improve your quality of life.

Did you know:

  • Implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth.
  • Dental implants provide comfort, convenience, and confidence. These modern miracles of tooth replacement can also be matched exactly to your own teeth, restoring your smile to its optimal state. Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.
  • Our doctors team with your dentist to provide the restoration for your implants. They plan and work very closely together to create a very pleasing outcome for your tooth replacement needs.
  • Our team of Dr. Versman, Dr. Heller, Dr. Beckman, and Dr. Thousand are uniquely qualified to provide a full range of implant dentistry procedures. They have been performing a full range of implant dentistry for more than 27 years in the Denver/Aurora, Colorado area.
  • Drs. Versman and Heller were one of the first U.S. dentists to study directly with the inventors of today’s implants. They have also educated dentists, periodontists and dental students about dental implants and implant procedures for many years, and have lectured on the subject in the Denver/Aurora, Colorado area, nationally and internationally!

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  • Jessica WearpJessica Wearp

    Dr. Heller and team were recommended to me by my orthodontist for a gum graft and they were FANTASTIC! On my first visit Dr. Heller explained the procedure and answered my questions thoroughly. He was personable and had a great sense of humor, which put me at ease. The office staff worked with my insurance and communicated the financial arrangements so there were no surprises. During the procedure I felt only minimal discomfort at one point, but otherwise I was completely numb. The recovery was bearable but I did take pain medication for a few weeks as needed. I didn't feel comfortable speaking for several days, which probably varies based on the extent of surgery (I canceled Zoom meetings and calls the week after). While no one wants a gum graft, after having it done I wish I would've scheduled it earlier -- don't wait if you need one! Had I gone in earlier, I could have avoided some bone loss. Just make sure to stock up on smoothie and soup ingredients before the procedure. Dr. Heller made me feel comfortable throughout the whole process and now, 6 weeks later, I have a much healthier and attractive smile.

  • A Google UserA Google User

    Dr. Jenna Hyre is an exceptional Periodontist. I was introduced to her when she was in her last few months of residency at the University of Texas San Antonio Periodontics. My first visit with Dr. Hyre was warm and welcoming. Dr. Hyre conducted a thorough examination of the issues I had. She explained in great detail the processes and procedures that were required to fix the years of bone loss and receding gums. More importantly she listened to me and answered all of my questions. I had many visits with Dr. Hyre, each one of them better than the last. Dr. Hyre performed extractions, bone graphs, pocket reconstruction and guided tissue regeneration. Her attention to detail and the work she performed is beyond amazing. I personally thank her for the wonderful experience and her professionalism throughout all of my visits. I highly recommend Dr. Hyre and wish her all the best as she furthers her career.

  • Brigitte AdesBrigitte Ades

    Love the teamwork here! Talk about having fun while going to the dentist, yes it is true. You can have fun and get great work done. Whenever I need anything done the team from Periodontal Associates is there. I am thrilled to leave a review for this group of dentist. They are simply amazing

  • Valerie FarrarValerie Farrar

    I've had the best experience with this office. I have had some terrible experiences in the pass with different places. They made me feel comfortable and I couldn't have a better team to tend to all my dental needs. They take the time to really care by reaching out to check on you, and getting your emergency taken care asap even during a pandemic.

  • Laurie KincerLaurie Kincer

    Dr. Hyer was patient and professional when she did my implant. I was apprehensive and she put me at ease immediately. I can’t recommend her highly enough. You will be happy to work with her and you’ll be smiling even brighter under her professional care.

  • Melissa H.Melissa H.

    Let's be honest here - there is nothing fun about having gum surgery. However, the staff and Dr. Heller were as good as it gets with regard to my treatment....

  • Bridget B.Bridget B.

    Wow, from the moment I walked in I felt welcome. Super nice people and caring. I am a chicken and do not like dentist anything. Doctor Heller explained...

  • Paul BeauchampPaul Beauchamp

    Dr. Dan Thousand and staff were amazing. Having gum grafting done is not a pleasant experience by any means, but I was very impressed with Dan Thousand and his staff through this whole process. Several things Dan Thousand and I discussed really resinated with me, such as how damaging smoking cigarettes is to the tissue inside my mouth, ect. Long story short, I took everything Dan Thousand said to heart and I was able to quit smoking as result of this surgery, and for me this is a very huge accomplishment. Dan and I actually celebrated 46 days of no smoking on my final follow up today. I was very pleased at the results of the surgery as I no longer have any negative areas of gum recession in my mouth. The day of the surgery was a very difficult day due to the pain, but it was very nice to receive a call from their office checking up on me to see how I was doing. The follow up phone call was very comforting. I would highly recommend Dr. Dan Thousand and his staff to anyone who ever needs to have gum grafting done. 😃

  • Sara KluhsmanSara Kluhsman

    Dr. Thousand is pure genius! He fixed a failing implant & placed a new 1 as well. I will never go anywhere else. That man preforms miracles!

  • Karen Pelling LevineKaren Pelling Levine

    Dr. Doug Heller is one of three of the doctors that make up the driving force in my efforts to save my teeth and my overall health. What started out as one broken tooth led to the possibility of my losing all of my teeth to gum disease. Panicked, I reached for a second opinion and found Dr. Heller, along with my regular Dentist & Orthodontist. I am now the proud owner of only 5 implants, as opposed to full upper and lower implants OR full dentures. Though dental procedures are hardly fun, Dr. Heller and his staff have made it a smooth process, from financial to face-changing....I couldn't be happier. 😁 You be the judge. My profile pic, there on the left, is a fine example of their handiwork.
    Double Bonus: Doorbell just rang. Beautiful plant has just arrived to cheer me in my recovery....Thank you, Dr. Heller and your wonderful Staff!

  • Jerome GilmerJerome Gilmer

    I was sent to Dr. Beckman on a referral from my dentist because of a slightly loose tooth. Dr. Beckman evaluated the situation and recommended a gum graft and bite adjustment. It is now six weeks since the procedure, and while the recovery was not painless, it was pretty much exactly as he said it would be. Upon evaluation earlier this week it was clear that the procedure was successful.

    Dr. Beckman and the staff were very nice, supportive and professional and I would highly recommend this practice to anyone needing this kind of help.

  • Tori Horton HamillTori Horton Hamill

    Dr Beckman performed a gum graft. I was nervous, but he explained everything clearly and thoroughly. The staff were very accommodating when I had to reschedule and they keep the schedule flowing on time so I was not sitting and waiting beyond the appointment time. The only downside was having to ask multiple times about the cost and what my calculated out of pocket would be. Would definitely recommend.

  • Ashley SingletaryAshley Singletary

    5 stars! Dr. Beckman and the entire office staff provide superior customer service and care. I recently had a gum graft performed and from the very first meeting I felt at ease. Dr. Beckman took his time explaining the procedure and patiently answered any questions I had. On the day of the procedure they go the extra mile to make sure you are comfortable- they use top of the line medical treatment for an effective procedure and speedy recovery. The team was very supportive and available through the entire process and even calls to check on you post procedure. I highly recommend Dr. Beckman and his team!

  • Doris BinderDoris Binder

    I needed to get some implants and Dr. Heller was recommended. Thankfully, he was absolutely wonderful. I wasn't sure what to expect, but he explained everything that needed be done and the procedure began. Now it's not an over night process, but the weeks after each step was a piece of cake. I am so happy with my implants. I had to have a tooth pulled a few weeks ago, and I don't know how he does it, but I had zero pain, no complications and I needed no pain Meds. The staff is so friendly and I highly recommend them.

  • Kenneth McCallKenneth McCall
  • Jan BernsteinJan Bernstein

    Dr. Beckman and the staff couldn't have been nicer or more professional. I highly recommend the practice to anyone in need of a periodontist.

  • Chelsy LaForceChelsy LaForce

    Dr. Heller and the rest of the team is absolutely amazing. They are super helpful through the entire process and I knew I was in great hands. Thank you so much!

  • Terry Lavitt SeiverTerry Lavitt Seiver
  • Aprille Tripler MooreAprille Tripler Moore

    Dr. Beckman and the entire staff at Periodontal Associates are amazing! Dr. Beckman performed a gum graft procedure on me and to my surprise and relief I felt no pain. Not during the procedure or post op. The entire experience from consult through my last follow up appointment was topnotch.

  • Terry SandahlTerry Sandahl

    I have been a patient of first Dr. Versman and then Dr. Heller for over 20 years. This is an amazing periodontal group! I feel so comfortable having them take care of my needs~and there have been many! Dr. Heller is so easy going and I never feel like whatever he does will fail. They have a great support staff too! All their assistants are competent and friendly, and my hygienist Michelle is the best! Love these guys and wouldn't think of going anywhere else!

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