Dental implants are artificial tooth restorations that are placed into your jawbone to support a single replacement tooth or secure a dental bridge in place. The main component of the implant is made from titanium – a biocompatible material that allows the appliance to fuse with your natural anatomy during healing.
Dental implants are a popular choice for tooth replacement because they look and feel like natural teeth; this allows you to once again eat all your favorite foods, smile confidently, and live your life fully.
Preparing for Implants
If you are considering dental implants as an option for tooth replacement, our team will conduct a thorough examination to assess your current oral health and candidacy for the procedure. If you are a good candidate for implants, our team will work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your specific needs. Using our 3D cone beam scanner, we can begin to plan the potential placement for your implants as well!
The Implant Process
The implant procedure is typically performed in two stages: the implant placement stage and the restoration stage.
- The implant placement stage is when the titanium implant is placed into your jawbone. You may experience some discomfort and swelling following the implant placement, but this will subside within a few days.
- The implant restoration stage is when the replacement tooth or dental bridge is attached to the implant. This takes place around three or four months following placement surgery.
Once your implant is complete, you will need to care for it like you would any other natural tooth. Be sure to brush and floss regularly and visit our office for regular check-ups. With proper care, your dental implants can last a lifetime!
If you are considering dental implants as an option for tooth replacement, contact our St. George, UT office to begin the next step. We would be happy to answer any of your questions and help you get started on the path to a restored, beautiful smile!
Single dental implants are designed to replace a single missing tooth – or multiple teeth in different areas of the mouth. The single implant is composed of three separate pieces that work together to mimic the appearance and function of a natural tooth. This includes the following:
- The implant post is the foundation of the entire prosthetic and is embedded into the jawbone – just like a natural tooth root.
- The abutment is a connecting piece that is attached to the implant post and utilized as a point of contact between the post and the dental crown, or artificial tooth.
- The dental crown is a custom-made component that is secured to the abutment to finalize the process. The crown is designed to withstand normal wear and tear while appearing beautiful and blendable in the smile.
The implant-supported bridge is capable of restoring a sequence of multiple missing teeth. Similar to a traditional dental bridge, this appliance restores aesthetic and function to the smile – the only difference is that rather than being secured to natural teeth, the appliance is anchored to dental implants.
A major advantage of this method is that your natural, healthy teeth will not need to be reshaped to fit an appliance; instead, an implant is placed at either end of the smile gap with abutments attached to support the bridge. This helps to preserve the health of your natural teeth while providing exceptional security for your prosthetic.