Dental ImplantsChanging the way people live
Did you know that dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth? Rather than resting on the gum line like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that your oral and maxillofacial surgeon surgically places in the jawbone.
Dental Implants look, feel and function like healthy, natural teeth. They can help protect your oral health and preserve your facial structure by preventing bone loss that occurs when teeth are missing. Dental Implants also enable you to eat a normal diet and smile with confidence, knowing that your teeth appear healthy and natural.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are used to anchor one or more teeth. As the illustration indicates, a Dental Implant is made up of three separate pieces - each fulfilling a unique role. The actual Implant is a small titanium post that your Doctor surgically places in the jawbone. During the next three to six months, the implant will integrate with the jawbone, forming a secure anchor upon which the two other components, the abutment and the crown, will be placed.
The Surgical Procedure
For most patients, the Dental Implant process involves two phases. First, the implant is placed into the jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implant is gradually integrating with the jawbone beneath the surface of the gum.
After the implant has integrated into the jawbone, the second phase begins. The implant will be uncovered and a small temporary post will be attached, which will allow the gum to heal round the implant. Shortly after this minor procedure, your restorative Dentist will begin to make the crown for the implant.
The entire implant process (first and second phase) takes about six months. During this time, most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
Who will perform your Implant Placement?
Implants are a team effort between your Utah Oral Surgeon Cameron Egbert and your Dentist. Dr. Egbert performs the actual implant surgery, your restorative Dentist will make the permanent replacement crown. Your restorative Dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis you may need during the implant process.
Who is a candidate for Dental Implants? People of all ages (with the exception of growing children) can benefit from Dental Implants.