Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option for patients who are missing one or more teeth. At Lake Mountain Dental, our dentist may recommend implants if you have one or more missing teeth and your surrounding teeth are not strong enough to support dental bridges or dentures. The dental implant replaces both the root and crown portions of your tooth. The implant, once fully healed, is a permanent part of your smile.
The Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants are surgically embedded below the gum line, acting as replacement tooth roots. The titanium post fuses to the jawbone and forms a sturdy anchor for the dental restoration that will be attached to it. Patients who have experienced jawbone recession or facial bone loss can still receive dental implants. The titanium post provides a sturdy base for dental restoration, restoring stability to the patient’s bite. The repair itself can be designed to look and feel just like the patient’s natural teeth.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
The dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and surrounding structures, take X-rays and discuss your medical history, tobacco use, and any medications you’re taking. The dentist may also take impressions of your teeth to be sent to the dental laboratory that will fabricate your implant.
The dentist will surgically place the implant into the jawbone while the patient is under local anesthesia or sedation, so pain during the procedure is minimized.
Osseointegration is the process by which the bone and implant material attach, allowing the implant to serve its function. Osseointegrated implants have a very high success rate and are generally considered safe.
The dentist will create a custom, natural-looking crown that matches your natural teeth. The crown will be attached to the abutment for a fully restored tooth.
After your implant procedure, you’ll probably need to follow a special diet for a short period. You’ll also need regular follow-up appointments with the dentist for six months to a year to monitor your implant.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants can last a lifetime. As long as your oral hygiene routine at home is adequate, the implants will not need to come out. Dental implants can provide stability and comfort for your smile when properly placed and cared for.
Dental implants require the same level of care as natural teeth. You should brush and floss twice daily and brush your teeth after eating. This will help to keep the natural teeth and dental implants healthy.
To learn more about the advantages of dental implants, contact Lake Mountain Dental at 4342 E Pony Express Pkwy Eagle Mountain, UT, 84005, or call 801-830-4486.