Dental implants are a contemporary method of tooth replacement and the preferred choice among patients with missing teeth in Provo, UT. A small medical-grade titanium post is surgically inserted directly into the jaw bone and acts as a replacement root or anchor for the replacement tooth. The advantage of a medical-grade titanium post is that it will not corrode, and its properties allow it to integrate or permanently fuse to the surrounding bone. Another small post, or abutment, attaches to the top of the implant, providing a sturdy anchor for your replacement crown.
Implants can be used to
- Replace one or more teeth without affecting bordering teeth.
- Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a partial denture.
- Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable
While dental implants are not the only option for tooth replacement, they have several advantages:
- Better oral health
- Decreased tooth shifting and bone loss in the jaw
- Easier eating
- Improved appearance and self-esteem
- Increased comfort
- Stronger and more durable than other tooth replacement options
People who are healthy enough to have a tooth removed are usually healthy enough to endure dental implant placement.
However, extra precautions may need to be taken if
- You are under the age of 18 since the jaw bone is not yet fully developed.
- You have existing medical conditions; your specific concerns and conditions will be discussed during your initial consultation.
- You smoke regularly, as this decreases your chances of successful implant use.
- You suffer from gum disease, bone loss, or problem teeth; your doctor will discuss your personal conditions and options during your initial consultation.
Your doctor will assess your tooth replacement options and customize a plan for your procedure during your consultation using processes such as X-rays and 3D CT scans.
The placement of dental implants in Provo, UT, may be a one- or two-stage process and takes approximately six months: one procedure to place the titanium post that replaces your missing tooth’s root and a second procedure to attach the support post for your artificial crown. For the first three to six months after the first procedure, the post gradually bonds with the jaw bone beneath the surface of the gums. During this time, your doctor will be creating your personalized crown. The implant is exposed once again during the second procedure to attach the anchor for the crown. Once the crown is attached, the posts will not be seen. There is very little disruption in the day-to-day activities of the patient; most can resume their daily routine the day after surgery.
Why Choose the Doctors at Utah Surgical Arts as Your Dental Implant Specialists?
It is important to realize that dental implant procedures are surgery. An understanding of surgical principles as well as the complex anatomy of muscle, bone, and nerves has a tremendous effect on the outcome of dental implant surgery. When you choose an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Utah Surgical Arts, you can be assured that each of the doctors has extensive training and experience in the surgical placement of dental implants and is acutely aware of the importance of aesthetics when managing the surrounding bone and soft tissue.
Due to advances in dental implant technology, more people are candidates for dental implants than ever before. The doctors at Utah Surgical Arts use state-of-the-art Cone Beam CT technology to create a three-dimensional (3D) image of your facial bone structure to plan your implant placement accurately. When necessary, surgical models can then be fabricated from digital CT scans to create a surgical guide and model of your teeth, jaw, and soft tissue; these models allow the surgeon to precisely place your implant(s). This 3D planning takes place before your procedure to eliminate any guess work and help to ensure perfect implant placement.
Quality and Affordability
It is natural to assume that having a specialized procedure such as dental implant placement performed by a highly trained expert is costly. Fortunately, that is not the case at Utah Surgical Arts. When you choose to have your dental implants placed at our practice, you won’t have to sacrifice quality for affordability. We provide high-quality care in a safe, comfortable environment for much less than the fees of general dentists, and we are providers for all major dental plans. If you have any questions or would like to set up a consultation, please call one of our offices.
Where Can I Get Dental Implants in Provo, UT?
Drs. Harris, Park, and Brown of Utah Surgical Arts maintain two practice offices located in Provo, Utah, and Payson, Utah, serving all of Utah County and are available to schedule your dental implant procedure at either of their locations.
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