Dental implants have been in use for over 20 years and have proven a safe and effective treatment for restoring function and aesthetics to the mouth. They are a versatile treatment option that can be used to restore a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even a full arch of missing teeth and provide an excellent long-term outcome.
What are the benefits of replacing a missing tooth with dental implants?
Patients who undergo dental implant placement find that the restoration provides a variety of benefits not offered by other forms of dental restoration, such as fixed bridges, flippers, and dentures. Dental implants provide the following benefits:
Maintain the health of the adjacent teeth: When dental implants are placed, there is no need to grind down or damage adjacent teeth to cement a bridge. Dental implants also don’t require the strength of adjacent teeth to carry their burden, as they fully support the new crown where the tooth was missing. In addition, dental implants can be brushed and flossed like natural teeth, making it easier to maintain the overall health of the mouth and avoid tooth decay or periodontal disease.
Increased stability: Dental implants are made of medical-grade titanium, which fuses with the jaw bone during the healing period. This fusion creates the most stable restoration available and ensures that the restoration acts just like a natural tooth. Patients with dental implants have no trouble biting into apples, eating chewy foods such as caramel, or speaking and annunciating properly.
Enhanced Aesthetics: While many restoration options emulate the look of natural teeth, dental implant crowns are replicated to fit into every patient’s mouth uniquely. Each restoration looks just like the original, healthy tooth, thus allowing patients to smile with ease.
Decreased Bone Loss: When a tooth is missing from the mouth for a long time, the jaw bone beneath the gums can begin to deteriorate. When dental implants are placed, the jaw bone fuses with the implant screw and maintains its natural, healthy growth and development.
While bridges or dentures are a good option for some, it is recommended that most patients commit to dental implants. These tooth replacement options don’t provide the long-term support your mouth needs to maintain a healthy bite and natural-looking teeth that will give you your ability to chew correctly. Dental implants offer the best option for a solution to tooth loss that will last a lifetime.
Are dental implants the right solution for me?
If you are missing a tooth or need to have a tooth removed, dental implants are the best option for replacement. During your initial consultation, our surgeons will review your medical history and X-rays and perform and thorough oral examination to determine if you are a candidate for a dental implant. If the bone in your jaw is thin, you may need an additional bone grafting treatment to restore jaw bone height and width. The number of missing or deteriorating teeth in need of replacement will determine the dental implant treatment that our surgeons will recommend. This can range from a single tooth restoration with individual implants to the restoration of two or three teeth using an implant-supported fixed bridge. Implants can also be used to restore a full upper or lower arch of teeth by supporting a full prosthesis.
What can I expect during dental implant placement?
The majority of patients can expect to undergo two surgical procedures to complete their full implant restoration. To reduce anxiety and subdue any pain during the treatment, our surgeons will review options for anesthesia and sedation during the initial consultation.
During the first procedure, the implant screw will be placed into the jaw. In certain circumstances, patients in need of bone grafting or tooth removal can have their implants placed during the same surgical procedure. Following the first treatment, patients will undergo a three to six month period of healing to allow the implant to fuse with the jaw bone properly.
When healing is complete, our surgeons will perform a second surgical procedure to complete the restoration. During this procedure the implants are uncovered, at abutments are attached to the implants, and the final restorative crown is secured on top of the abutment posts. The crown is shaped and colored to match the surrounding natural teeth. Patients can expect the entire procedure to be completed in approximately six to eight months and can expect little impact on their day-to-day activities.
Dental Implants in Provo, Payson, and South Jordan, UT
Patients undergoing tooth restoration with dental implants enjoy a lifetime of stable, beautiful teeth which blend seamlessly with the natural teeth in the mouth. If you are interested in learning more about this revolutionary procedure, we encourage you to contact The Dental Implant Specialists to schedule an initial consultation with Drs. Harris, Park, or Brown. It is our goal to provide you with the highest-quality tooth restorable possible so that you can smile, speak, and eat with confidence and ease.