Dental implants are the best way to replace missing or failing teeth. This amazing procedure has been used successfully for over 25 years now and has given thousands of people their smile back. In addition to replacing missing teeth, implant dentistry can be used to secure crowns and bridgework, stabilize bone, and maintain the shape and density of the jawbone.
What Are Dental Implants?
Is Implant Dentistry Right For You?
Are you missing teeth? Do you want a permanent and natural-looking solution to fill the gaps? If you answered yes to both questions, then dental implants are right for you! A well-designed implant can fit, feel, and function like your natural teeth – without the shifting and clicking of dentures.
While there are many different types of implants and details to sort through, Dr. Scott Elder will conduct a comprehensive examination to determine the best fit for you and your situation. Salt Lake Dental clinic offers a variety of options when it comes to implant dentistry, including the outstanding quality of Keystone Dental.
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A comprehensive examination
During the exam, your dentist will review your medical and dental history, take X-rays, and create impressions of your teeth and gums so that molds can be made. As long as you have enough bone to hold an implant successfully, your first procedure will be scheduled.
During your first implant procedure, your implant(s) will be placed in your jaw. It is common to experience pain or discomfort, swelling, and bleeding of the mouth after surgery. Your dentist will provide you with detailed care instructions as you wait four to seven months for the bone and implant to fuse.
Once your dentist has confirmed that the implants have fused with the bone, you’re eligible for the second operation, which is quite simpler than the first. Once complete, a collar (also called a healing cap) is placed on the head of the implant for 10-14 days so that the gum tissue may heal correctly. Once the tissue heals around the collar, it is removed and an abutment (a structure to support lateral pressure) is screwed into the implant and final impressions of the abutment are made for each tooth. A temporary crown is placed on the implant for 4-6 weeks until your permanent crowns are ready for placement and your gums have healed.