Dental Implants: The Best Option for Replacement Teeth

When you lose a tooth, it’s imperative to find a replacement option as soon as possible. If the tooth is not replaced, the adjacent teeth will drift and cause issues with misaligned bite, changed facial contours, and even speech. Dr. Kelly, at Colorado West Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PC, has documented long-term successes with dental implant patients. We place implants in our Grand Junction, CO, location only.

What Are Dental Implants?

The actual implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone where a tooth is missing. The implant and bone become fused together, forming a foundation for an artificial tooth. An abutment, on the end of the implant, extends through the gums and will be attached to the replacement tooth. The new tooth will look and function like a natural tooth.

The Surgical Process

The dental implant procedure usually only requires one surgery. During this surgery, the implant is placed into the jawbone with a healing abutment protruding through the gums to prevent tissue from growing over the implant. Over the next three to six months, the implant is integrated into the bone to take on the role of the root of the tooth. A temporary crown may be placed to protect the area during this healing time. When the implant is completely bonded to the bone, the restorative procedures may begin.

In some cases, two surgeries, one to place the implant and another to place an abutment, are necessary for the implant process to succeed.

Dental Implant FAQ

Q: What kind of anesthesia is used during the implant surgery?
A: Implant surgeries are performed right in our office. Anesthesia options will be discussed during your consultation.

Q: Why should I choose dental implants over another kind of replacement tooth?
A: Other restorations do not feel, act, or function exactly like a natural tooth. Whether you need to replace one or several teeth, implants will renew your self-confidence and give you the peace of mind dentures or bridges do not.

Q: Can anyone get implants?
A: For any patient considering implants, a full oral examination must be performed. We will review your medical and dental history as well. If you are not a good candidate for implants, we can suggest procedures, such as bone grafts, to improve your success with an implant procedure in the future.

Q: How do I take care of implants?
A: Dental implants require the same care as natural teeth. Brushing, flossing, and regular visits to your dentist are critical for the implant’s long-term success.

Do you need dental implants? Call 970-245-2222 to be seen in our Grand Junction or Carbondale office today!

Contact Us

Grand Junction Location 2530 N 8th St #103 Grand Junction, CO 81501


Monday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Carbondale Location Verheul Family Dentistry 1199 Village Rd #100 Carbondale, CO 81623


Dr. Kelly sees patients in Carbondale on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. We work out of Verheul Family Dentistry. If this location is more convenient for you, please ask us about it when you schedule your appointment.


To our patients, 

The continued spread of COVID-19 across the country is concerning to all of us.  As an oral and maxillofacial surgery office, we have the responsibility to help our patients and yet protect our staff, ourselves and the community from this contagion. 

As of March 17, 2020, the American Dental Association, along with the Colorado Dental Association, has recommended dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks. We have decided for the safety, health, and well-being of our patients and staff, we are going to follow their recommendation and will only see emergency patients during this time. 

We are very sorry for the inconvenience this may cause, however we want to do our part to prevent the spread of this virus and keep our community safe.

 We want to assure you that we have always been committed to providing the safest environment possible for our patients, and this is more important than ever right now. We have been actively recommitted to putting extra safety measures in place. In addition to our regular and strict disinfecting and sanitizing procedures in our consult and operating rooms between every patient, we are implementing increased disinfecting and sanitizing measures throughout our reception area, business office, and patient waiting areas. We are also abiding by the social distance recommendations. 

We will continue to update you as the situation evolves and will notify you of any further changes. We are here to answer any questions and help in any way we can. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

Dr. Stephen S. Kelly, DMD