Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Implant dentistry involves the surgical placement of artificial tooth roots (typically made of titanium) into the jawbone by the dentist in Sandy, UT, to support replacement teeth or bridges. This process, known as osseointegration, allows the implants to fuse with the jawbone over time, providing a stable foundation for prosthetic teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dental implants offer numerous benefits, including improved aesthetics, durability, and chewing ability compared to traditional dentures or bridges. They require good oral hygiene and sufficient bone density for successful integration, making them a long-term solution for individuals seeking reliable tooth replacement options. 

Candidacy for Dental Implants 

  • Adequate bone in the jaw is necessary to support the implant securely. If there is insufficient bone, bone grafting procedures may be required to augment the bone structure. 
  • Good oral hygiene and healthy gum tissues are essential for the success of dental implants. Periodontal disease or gum infections must be treated before implant placement. 
  • Certain medical conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, or autoimmune disorders, may affect healing after surgery. Your dentist will evaluate your medical history to ensure good overall health. 
  • Smoking can impair healing and increase the risk of implant failure. It's generally recommended to quit smoking before undergoing implant surgery. 
  • Proper oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits, are crucial for maintaining the health of implants and surrounding teeth. 

Types of Dental Implants

Endosteal Implants

These are the most common types of dental implants placed directly into the jawbone during surgery. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, a second surgery is needed to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the post individually or grouped on a bridge or denture. 

Subperiosteal Implants

Subperiosteal implants consist of a metal frame fitted onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue. As the gums heal, the frame becomes fixed to the jawbone. Posts attached to the frame protrude through the gums. As with endosteal implants, artificial teeth are then mounted to the posts. 

The Dental Implant Process 

The journey begins with an initial consultation with our dentist, who will evaluate your dental and medical history, conduct a comprehensive oral examination, and take X-rays or CT scans. These imaging techniques help assess the quantity and quality of your jawbone to determine if you have enough bone to support dental implants. If insufficient bone is present, bone grafting procedures may be recommended to augment the bone structure and create a suitable foundation for the implants. During this consultation, our dentist will discuss your treatment goals and options and address any concerns. 

Once the treatment plan is finalized, the surgical phase begins. Local anesthesia is typically used to numb the surgical area, although sedation options may be available for those who are anxious or undergoing more extensive procedures. The dentist then carefully places the dental implant into the jawbone through a small incision in the gum tissue. The implant, usually made of titanium or titanium alloy, is an artificial tooth root designed to integrate with the surrounding bone through osseointegration. This integration is crucial for the stability and long-term success of the implant. 

After the implant is placed, the gum tissue is stitched closed over the implant site. Over the next several months, osseointegration occurs as the bone cells attach and grow around the implant, securing it firmly in place. During this healing period, temporary prosthetic teeth may be worn to maintain aesthetics and function. It's essential to follow post-operative instructions provided by our dentist, which may include eating soft foods, avoiding vigorous chewing, and practicing meticulous oral hygiene to promote healing and reduce the risk of infection. 

Once osseointegration is complete and the implant fuses with the jawbone, a small connector called an abutment is placed on the implant. This abutment protrudes through the gum line and is the attachment point for the final restoration (crown, bridge, or denture). Impressions of your teeth are taken to create a custom-made restoration that matches your natural teeth' color, shape, and size. The restoration is then securely attached to the abutment, completing the dental implant process. 

After the final restoration is placed, our dentist will provide instructions on caring for your new dental implant. This includes maintaining good oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing regularly, attending regular dental check-ups, and avoiding habits that could potentially damage the implant, such as chewing hard objects or smoking. Dental implants can last many years with proper care, providing a durable and natural-looking solution for replacing missing teeth. Contact us today to learn more.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Implants in Sandy, UT, look and feel like natural teeth, blending seamlessly with your smile. 
  • Unlike dentures, implants allow for clear speech without slippage. 
  • Implants become a permanent part of your mouth, eliminating discomfort associated with removable dentures. 
  • With proper care, implants can last a lifetime, making them a long-term investment in oral health. 
  • Implants function like natural teeth, allowing you to chew your favorite foods easily. 
  • Implants stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss, maintaining facial structure and jawbone integrity. 
  • Restoring your smile with implants can boost confidence and improve overall quality of life. 

Dental implants offer a reliable and long-term solution for replacing missing teeth, improving both function and aesthetics. Visit Granite View Dental at 1030 E 11400 S, Suite 2, Sandy, UT 84094, or call (801) 255-2100 to determine if dental implants are the right choice for restoring your smile and enhancing your oral health.

Location

1030 E 11400 S, Suite 2,
Sandy, UT 84094

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