Dental implants are an effective and natural-looking solution for people in good general oral health but have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury to the mouth, or any other reason. At ProCare Dental, we place a dental implant, a small titanium rod, into the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth where it will function as the root of the artificial replacement tooth. The visible portion of the implant is the dental crown, a custom-designed shell that is color-matched to the surrounding natural teeth. When the permanent crown is attached to the abutment, it blends seamlessly with your natural teeth.
Because the replacement tooth root is in the jawbone, it stimulates the jawbone and thus helps prevent bone loss in the jaw that can occur when a patient is missing one or more teeth. Plus, dental implants help prevent the shifting of teeth that occurs after a tooth is lost. If the tooth is not replaced, the adjacent teeth can begin to shift into that space, impacting the patient’s bite and causing additional problems in the future.
The Procedure for Dental Implants
Dental implants are placed into the jawbone after sufficient healing following tooth extraction. Our dentist will make a small incision in the gum tissue to gain access to the bone. Then, the implant will be surgically placed into the jaw. Once the implant is placed, the bone will be allowed to heal over a few months. After this time, our dentist will attach the abutment to the dental implant. The abutment serves as the connector between the actual dental implant and your restoration.
Several restorations are available, including crowns, bridges, and dentures. Once your restoration is ready, it will be attached to the abutments.
The entire procedure can take several months, depending on how long you can heal from the tooth extraction and how many implants you have placed.
Advantages of Dental Implants
There are various reasons why patients choose to get dental implants, but one of the most common reasons is that it’s a better way to replace missing teeth than dentures are.
A patient must wear dentures to prevent teeth from shifting out of place or falling out. However, some feel self-conscious about wearing dentures because they don’t like the way their smile looks with them. Others find them uncomfortable to wear because they don’t have a natural suction and will shift around while eating or talking.
With dental implants, patients can forget that they have missing or damaged teeth! They’ll look and feel completely natural. Plus, they will also be more comfortable and stable than dentures. As a result, the patient can eat, speak, and laugh without worrying about their teeth moving around. Patients will also enjoy a higher quality of life with dental implants because the oral functions they once struggled with will no longer be an issue.
Dental implants are an excellent option for patients looking for a long-lasting solution to their tooth loss! Visit ProCare Dental at 1377 E 3900 S #202, Salt Lake City 84124, or call (801) 278-2817 for more information.