Dental Implants Salt Lake City

If you’ve ever lost a tooth, you know it’s not a fun or enjoyable experience.  The loss of a tooth or teeth affects both your smile as well as your ability to comfortably eat your favorite foods.  If you are fine with receiving a temporary fix, a dentist can treat you with removable dentures or bridges – but know that they come with certain disadvantages that you may not be okay with.  A more permanent and visually appealing solution to replacing a lost teeth is a dental implant.  Dental implants function and look just like real teeth, giving you back your beautiful smile and allowing you to eat any and all foods pain-free.  If you’re looking for a quality dentist Salt Lake City residents trust, Canyon Rim Dental is here to offer our expertise to best care for you and your smile.

What exactly is a dental implant?

Dental Implants Salt Lake CityA dental implant is a tiny screw made from titanium that is placed where the missing tooth once was, the screw is inserted into the jawbone and acts as an anchor to secure artificial teeth.  There are a number of reasons why patients choose dental implants.  For starters, they look exactly like real teeth and function as such, allowing patients to eat normally while preserving the facial structure and giving you a confident smile again.  Additionally, the gap left by a lost tooth can cause bone deterioration in some cases, an implant prevents that from happening.

Why implants over bridges or dentures?

While dental bridges and dentures have their place in dentistry, and at times are the best option for a patient, they come with some down sides every patient needs to consider.  Bridges and dentures do not look quite as natural as implants.  They can also come loose while eating as well as make clicking sounds when talking and chewing.  Dental bridges require filing down the surrounding teeth to place artificial caps as the anchors, and patients need to take dentures out every evening before bed.

How does an implant work?

Once the small titanium screw is inserted into the jawbone, the implant and bone then fuse together during the weeks and months that follow.  This bond creates a secure anchor to hold the artificial teeth.  After the bonding is complete, posts are then placed in the implants and the new teeth are then inserted onto the posts.

What is the process like?

As is the case with any dental treatment, the number of new implants required for a patient will directly determine how long a dental implant procedure will take.  If you only have one implant being done, the implant fitting procedure should take around 30-90 minutes, depending on the complexity of the implant and the dentist performing it.  

Connecting new teeth to the implant

Remember, the implant itself isn’t the actual new tooth itself.  The implant is what acts as an anchor for your new tooth.  In most cases, an implant is placed in your jaw and will require multiple months for your mouth to heal before the placement of the artificial tooth itself.  Often times dentists will recommend the use of temporary dentures or bridges during the healing process.  

After the mouth is completely healed, you’ll require an additional appointment with your dentist to uncover the gum covering the the dental implant.  During this procedure your dentist will then insert the new tooth on the implant and send you on your way.  It’s typical to have regular checkups to make sure there are no complications with the implant during the months that immediately follow the procedure.

Should I get dental implants?

Factors such as your jawbone condition, amount of lost teeth as well as their location, your overall health, as well as whether or not tooth extraction is required should all be carefully considered by you and a dentist before moving forward with dental implant treatment.

Dental implant surgery can become riskier and more difficult to perform if the patient has a history of smoking, diabetes, osteoporosis, or other various medical conditions.  In general, the more healthy a patient is, the higher likelihood there is of having an effect implant that remains strong and secure over time.

If you are in need of replacing a lost tooth and require the assistance of a Salt Lake City dentist, look no further than Canyon Rim Dental.  We will help you evaluate all your options and provide our expert recommendations to provide you the best possible dental care for your situation.  Dr. Delahunty fully understands all the benefits and risk of every procedure available to you and will ensure you have all the necessary information to make the best possible decision for you.  Call us at (801) 486-3887 or click Contact Us today to set up a consultation and get your smile back on track.