Dental implants are a modern, permanent method for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants can effectively restore the health, function, and appearance of your smile. A dental implant is surgically placed in the bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. After a period of healing, Dr. Dorny or Dr. Richins will place a dental implant restoration to complete the implant and enhance your smile. Your custom-made dental implant restoration may be a:
- Dental Bridge
- Dental Crown
- Partial Denture
- Full Denture
Your Lehi dentist will ensure that your dental implant fits your mouth comfortably and securely. When in place, your dental implant can improve your ability to chew, eat, and speak, as well as restoring the beauty of your smile. Call us today at Aspen Heights Dental to learn more about the benefits of implant dentistry!
Living with missing or damaged teeth can be a challenge. Along with having a negative impact on the way you look, a damaged smile can lower your self-esteem and make performing normal tasks uncomfortable, such as eating and speaking. If you are interested in improving the appearance, function, and health of your smile, the compassionate team at Aspen Heights Dental is here to help. With dental implants, you can achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you’ve always wanted. Here’s what you need to know about how dental implants could benefit you before scheduling your free consultation.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are screw-shaped titanium posts used to replace a person’s natural tooth’s missing root. They are placed into the person’s jaw bone and provide a strong foundation for a prosthetic tooth replacement. The dental implant and jaw bone eventually fuse together over time, which means that they cannot be removed. This allows them to feel and function very similarly to a natural tooth in terms of comfort and function. The best candidate for dental implant surgery is someone who is missing one or more teeth (or has severely damaged teeth) and has enough jaw bone to support a dental implant.
Implant Technology Advancements
At Aspen Heights Dental, we have the latest technology to help ensure you are a good candidate for dental implants and that you will get wonderful long-lasting results. Using 3D X-ray (CBCT) technology and a digital impression, we make a customized surgical guide. This results in more accurate placement, faster surgery, and an easier recovery.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are preferred among dentists and patients alike to replace one or missing teeth. They are popular for a variety of reasons, including:
- Restoring the natural appearance of one’s smile
- Providing comfort during everyday activities, such as chewing and talking
- Being as easy to care for and maintain as one’s natural teeth
- Strength and durability; with proper care, dental implants can last for decades without having to be replaced
Dental Implant Procedure: What to Expect
If the dentist determines that you are a good candidate for dental implants, they will create a personalized treatment plan based on the unique needs of your mouth. In most cases, having dental implants placed occurs over the course of several months and multiple appointments. Before the implants can be inserted, the dentist may begin by removing any remaining damaged teeth from your mouth. Next, they will use local anesthesia to ensure your mouth is numb before inserting the dental implants into your jaw bone.
After the implant has been inserted, the healing process will begin. It will take anywhere from six to 12 weeks for your mouth to fully heal before the process can continue. In the meantime, you may be given a temporary dental bridge to help you speak and eat until your permanent crown or bridge can be placed. Once your mouth has healed, an abutment will be placed on your implant, followed by the crown. When the abutment and crown have been attached, you can enjoy your healthy, beautiful smile!
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
When comparing dental implants to traditional dentures, implants are unparalleled in terms of appearance, comfort, and function. Perhaps the most significant difference between the two is the way in which they are secured. While dentures require an adhesive that must be reapplied frequently, such as glue, implants are bonded together with one’s bone. This is beneficial in terms of comfort and convenience. Best of all, it means that implants won’t ever slip, slide, or fall out like dentures might.
In addition, dentures must often be refitted. Ill-fitting dentures aren’t only uncomfortable but can look unnatural. Because dentures don’t prevent bone loss, they must be replaced over time as the person’s mouth and gum line change. On the other hand, dental implants prevent bone loss, never have to be adjusted or refitted, and, most importantly, look and feel as good as one’s natural teeth.
Caring for Your Dental Implants
With excellent oral hygiene at home, you can expect your dental implants to last for a lifetime. Caring for your dental implants is as simple as caring for your natural teeth. Here are some tips to keep your implants looking and functioning well for years to come:
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Floss and use mouth rinse daily
- Limit your consumption of sweets and biting hard objects, such as ice and fingernails
- Visit the dentist every six months of exams and professional cleanings
Restore Your Smile at Aspen Heights Dental with Dental Implants
You deserve to have a beautiful, healthy smile. If you’re struggling with the embarrassment and inconvenience that comes with damaged or missing teeth, the experienced team at Aspen Heights Dental in Lehi, UT, can help. With the help of dental implants, you can restore the appearance, comfort, and function of your health. We are proud to use the best in modern dental methods, top-of-the-line equipment, and compassionate service to every patient we have the pleasure of assisting. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation to learn more about how dental implants could help you regain your quality of life. We look forward to seeing you smile!