Dental Implants and Restorations – Bountiful Dental
Crowns, conventional bridges, or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants offer a smile that look and feel very natural. Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges, or a denture.
Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes.
Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. A thorough evaluation by your dentist will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Once an implant is integrated into the jawbone, a crown or denture is attached to the implant to create a natural-looking replacement.
What To Expect:
We work with several oral surgeons in the area who will do the actual placing of the implant. Depending on the condition of the area having the implant placed, bone may be added to help retain the implant better. If a tooth needs to be extracted before the implant is placed, the oral surgeon can place bone at the same appointment. Bone may also need to be placed if the area has had a missing tooth or teeth for many years and there has been significant bone loss.
The implant is a post that goes only to your gumline, leaving a space for a crown to be placed after the implant has healed. It takes several months to heal completely. The oral surgeon and your dentist will monitor that process and ensure that the implant will last a very long time before we restore it with a crown. In the meantime, if the implant is replacing a front tooth, we can have an interim partial denture made to temporarily replace the missing tooth. An interim partial denture, or a flipper, snaps gently onto your other teeth and matches your teeth so the missing spot is not noticeable. If an implant is replacing a back tooth, a flipper is not necessary if you are okay with having a small space in your mouth.
After the oral surgeon has determined the implant has healed, we take the impressions for an implant crown. Once the crown is cemented on, you will have a perfectly functioning tooth that looks just like your other teeth. You can brush and floss around it like normal.
Regular cleaning appointments, every six months, are especially important if you have an implant because the hygienist and dentist will check that your gums are healthy around your implant, so it will not become loose and fail.
If you have any questions regarding implants, please give us a call!