Dental implants offer an excellent prosthetic treatment for those coping with missing or damaged teeth and looking for a long-lasting solution to restore lost teeth. With the recent advances in dental technology, implants are now the go-to option for patients wanting to replace missing teeth. At Alta View Dental in Sandy, UT 84094, we can help provide you with strong, beautiful, natural-looking teeth that can last you a lifetime.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are placed underneath the gums and deep into the bone. They naturally fuse with the jawbone in a few months and act as anchors for crowns, bridgework, and even dentures. Dental implants can work for many decades and are a relatively permanent solution to any of your dental problems.
Why Are Dental Implants Needed?
Most often, a dental implant is needed if you are missing a tooth. For a lone missing tooth, one implant is inserted into position and allowed to heal. In case of several missing teeth, we may place multiple implants for either a fixed bridge or a complete denture. Dental implants are easy to maintain and provide a permanent solution for your tooth loss.
Who Can Have Dental Implants?
A patient should have sufficient healthy bone structure for the dental implant to heal and bond naturally. We may recommend that you have a bone graft done before the implant surgery if you have bone loss. You should be fit health-wise to undergo this kind of procedure and have the ability to heal from it completely. Most of our patients who would prefer implants can have them placed safely.
What Is the Procedure for Dental Implants?
To begin the implant procedure, we will make a small incision through the gums and insert the titanium implant post. The gums are sutured, if necessary, and you can go home with vital after-care instructions. The recovery from a dental implant is more straightforward than that of extraction. You may experience slight pain in the surgical site for up to a week.
The new implant will take a few months to heal before any additional treatment can be done. Your bone tissue will fuse naturally to your implant during the healing process, giving you a strong root structure for your new tooth. Once it’s stable enough, we can fabricate and place a crown, bridge, or denture depending on what you need to improve your smile.
If you would like to have dental implants and want to learn more about them, call Alta View Dental in Sandy, UT 84094, at (801) 572-4261 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Hughes.