An implant is a titanium post surgically inserted into the jawbone to serve as a prosthetic tooth root. At Lone Peak Dental Care, we place implants and custom-make the crown portion to match the rest of your teeth for a natural appearance. Porcelain or ceramic crowns are often used as the prosthetic tooth section of dental implants because they closely resemble the appearance of natural enamel and are stain-resistant, too.
Because dental implants are fused with the bone in your jaw through osseointegration, they become a permanent part of your mouth and last much longer than other restoration options, such as dentures. Dental implants can last a lifetime when properly cared for and maintained. Caring for your dental implants is as easy as caring for your natural teeth with daily brushing, flossing, and regular checkups with your cosmetic dentist to prevent complications such as gum disease and tooth decay.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
If you are missing one tooth, a few in a row, or all of your teeth, you could be an ideal candidate for dental implants. Many patients choose implants over other restorations because they are completely stable and enable them to continue eating all their favorite foods. Additionally, they are the most natural-looking option available and often even feel like your natural teeth. Since the implants become permanent structures in your mouth, they require the same maintenance and care as your natural teeth.
The Procedure for Dental Implants
Your first step to a great smile is to schedule a consultation with your dentist to see if you could benefit from the implant. This consultation will include an oral exam, X-rays, and impression molds of your mouth so your doctor can develop a treatment plan for you that addresses your specific needs.
Once a dentist determines that you are a good candidate for dental implants, we will begin the restoration process. The first step is placing the implant into the jaw tissue. The gums are sutured closed over the implant, allowing the implant to heal and bone to fuse around it. The process can take one to two months to fully recover.
After that, abutments are placed onto the implants in the jawbone. Abutments secure the final restoration to the mouth. The doctor will then take impressions of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. These impressions are sent to the lab, where the restorations will be fabricated. Later, you will be asked to return to the office for the final restoration to be cemented in. These restorations will look and work just like your natural teeth! Your new implant restoration will last many years with proper dental care and regular dentist visits.
Dental implants are ideal replacements for missing teeth because they are permanent and require no special care outside of routine brushing and flossing. To learn more about dental implants, contact Lone Peak Dental Care at 9853 So. 700 E., Sandy, UT 84070, or call (801) 572-4430.