Dental implants are a permanent option for replacing missing teeth. They are titanium screws that take the place of the root portion of a natural tooth. The screw is surgically implanted into the jawbone and fuses with the bone to create a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.
Dental implants look and feel just like natural teeth. They are made of materials that are resistant to corrosion, so you won't have to worry about them losing their quality. After osseointegration, the implant becomes a permanent fixture in the mouth. They also stimulate the jawbone, just like the roots of natural teeth, which prevents bone loss in the jaw.
Who Would Need Dental Implants?
Most people with one or more missing teeth can benefit from dental implants. You may need an implant if you have lost one or more teeth due to the following reasons:
- Tooth decay
- Tooth root fracture
- Clenching or teeth grinding habit
- Facial injury
- Gum disease
Who Can Have Dental Implants Placed?
Dental implants may be right for you if you have lost a tooth (or multiple teeth) due to decay, disease, trauma, or age. Dental implants also may be a good option if you've had bridges or dentures in the past but have experienced bone loss.
Patients need to be in good oral and overall health to be good candidates for dental implants. Dental implants are fused to the jawbone, so patients should have enough bone in their jaw to support the implant. Patients should also have healthy gums free of periodontal disease.
Dental Implant Surgery
At your consultation, our oral surgeon will perform a thorough evaluation. This will include a review of your medical and dental history. The oral surgeon will carefully examine your smile, including the teeth, gums, and jawbone. This will allow the oral surgeon to evaluate your condition and determine whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants. Then, the oral surgeon will take X-rays of your smile. The oral surgeon can use these X-rays to map out the ideal placement for your individual dental implants. It will also show any bone loss that has occurred.
For dental implant surgery, the oral surgeon will place your implants into the jawbone. Your oral surgeon will place temporary restorations after the procedure. After implants are placed, patients need time to heal. During this time, your jawbone will fuse to the posts through a process called osseointegration. Once this occurs, the posts will act as secure roots for artificial teeth.
Then, you will return for your second appointment, approximately four to six weeks later. The final restoration phase involves attaching the permanent prosthetic to the implant posts. This prosthetic is often a dental crown, and it comes in a wide variety of materials, including ceramic, porcelain, and zirconia.
At Floss Family Dentistry, we offer high-quality dental services using advanced technology. To learn more or to schedule an appointment with us, call dentist in Lehi UT at (801) 610-7200 or visit our dental office at 2183 West Main Street, Suite 301A, Lehi, UT 84043.