Dental implants have been around for many years but have only recently gained substantial popularity. It remains one of the most modern surgical procedures used in dentistry for replacing missing or failing teeth. There are many scenarios where patients in Saratoga Springs, UT, might require a dental implant. In every scenario, a dental implant can save you time and money and can also improve your quality of life when it comes to your smile.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a device used by dentists to replace a tooth that has either been lost or extracted. The dental implant serves as a replacement for the roots of the tooth that is no longer there. They also serve as anchors for new bridges and dentures. Most dental implants are restored with a dental crown that gives patients back form and function to their smile.
When is an Implant Necessary?
Implants are an essential part of maintaining the health of the bones of your jaw and your remaining teeth. Some of the most common reasons people choose dental implants is to restore the appearance of their smile or to help them eat again. However, there are also oral health concerns that may warrant the need for a dental implant too. Whenever a tooth is lost due to damage or extraction, an empty socket develops in the jawbone where the lost tooth’s roots once were. Bone is continually being lost and then rebuilt. When there is a socket, the bone is no longer stimulated by the root so it begins to deteriorate. Over time this bone loss can create severe problems in your jaw. It can also have a negative effect on the remaining teeth.
What is the Procedure Like?
Getting dental implants is a surgical procedure that requires the skill and technology that our team at Matthews Dental & Orthodontics offers. Patients are sedated to help block sensations of discomfort and anxiety and an implant post is inserted into the bone where a tooth is missing. This implant is often left to heal for several months, after which an abutment is attached, and then a dental crown. While the implant surgery itself can take just one appointment, it may be several months until you get your complete new smile, however, with proper care, you can expect your new implants to last a lifetime!
How Long Does it Take?
From the initial placement of the core implant to the finished crown takes anywhere from 2-4 months for most patients. Occasionally, patients will also need bone grafting or gum disease treatment before the work can begin. This will add more time to the process. Individual patients heal at different rates, and time for healing is necessary for each step. Rushing this process can negatively affect the success of the treatment.
Don’t let the surgical nature of this procedure intimidate you. Our dentists in Saratoga Springs, UT, have perfected this procedure. We utilize state-of-the-art advanced technology to make your experience as painless as possible and pleasant. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!