What are Dental Implants
Simply put, a dental implant or tooth implant is a method for restoring a tooth that has decayed, worn down, or cracked and cannot be saved. Dental implants are one of the most effective options to replace a missing tooth or teeth. They are composed of two parts, the alloy post anchored to the jawbone, which replaces the tooth’s root, and the restoration, which replaces the tooth itself. A dental restoration (porcelain crowns, dental bridge, partial denture, etc.) is secured to the top of the tooth implant, restoring your natural smile and giving you the function and stability you need to chew, laugh, and smile comfortably.
Benefits of Implant Dentistry
Having missing teeth can be embarrassing. It affects the way you eat and inhibits your natural smile. Surrounding teeth may drift, bone loss can occur at the source of the missing tooth, and you may be limited to certain foods. Implant dentistry can restore your dental health by allowing you to eat normally, smile confidently, and brush and floss routinely, just as you would with your natural teeth.
Dental Implants Procedure
The titanium alloy implant, which functions as the new tooth’s root, is inserted into space left by your natural tooth root. After the jaw and gums have healed and settled, a custom-made dental crown is then placed onto the implant. Once healed, you’re ready to eat, drink, and show off your new smile. If you feel anxious about this procedure, check into our dental sedation options.
Implant dentistry takes time to complete because the dental implant anchor requires time to fuse to the bone before the replacement tooth can be attached to it. Every person and procedure is different, so recovery time varies between a few weeks to a few months, or longer.
If you are missing one or more teeth, consider dental implants. Schedule a visit in our Salt Lake City office, just off Interstate 80 and convenient to the Murray, Holladay and Cottonwood Heights area. Find out today if dental implants are the best solution for you.