How To Get Dental Implants In Salt Lake City, UT
To get dental implants in Salt Lake City, contact Dr. Scott Elder to create and coordinate your dental implant plan, including pre and post-operative care. If your dental implant surgery does not require sedation, Dr. Elder may perform your dental implant in his office.
To learn more about dental implants and your options, or if you have any questions, we’re happy to help you. Call us today to schedule your dental implant consultation at (801) 278-7100.
We Offer Dental Implant Consultations
When you need dental implants, you need a dentist to help you quarterback the multiple procedures that are needed. Trust Dr. Scott Elder to help you get dental implants.
Dental implants can either be simple or complex cases. In some instances, you may need the services of multiple professionals, such as oral surgeons. Dr. Elder has a network of trusted professionals that he coordinates with to provide a comprehensive dental implant plan using the latest technology.
With Dr. Elder, you will receive a plan that reduces the amount of time you spend getting work done and the process will be completed in an efficient manner.
To set up a dental implant consultation with Dr. Elder about your options, contact us.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are placed during a surgical procedure that replaces tooth roots with metal posts that are implanted into your jawbone.
You may receive dental implants if:
- You have one or more missing teeth
- You are unable to wear removable dentures
- You can tolerate the surgery and the healing process
- You don’t have underlying conditions that prevent you from having oral surgery
- You want a long-term solution
What To Expect When Getting Dental Implants?
Dr. Scott Elder uses the latest in digital dentistry software to create your dental implant plan which is uploaded to the Cloud. This method of guided dentistry allows your team of professionals to easily coordinate your care and reduce the amount of time you spend in various appointments.
Dr. Scott Elder and his team will help prepare you to receive your implants by giving you a comprehensive oral exam with dental X-rays. Depending upon your specific needs, you may need tooth extraction or gum care to make sure your mouth is healthy enough to receive an implant.
Dr. Elder’s team will address any fears or concerns you might have and will discuss all of your implant options. Your case will be unique to you according to your personal oral care needs. Generally, most implant surgeries and dental restorative work follow this timeline:
- First Appointment – During this appointment, Dr. Elder will use the latest technology in digital dentistry to take a template of your mouth and create an implant placement plan. If you need to have teeth extracted, or crowns placed, these services will be performed at this appointment.
- Implant Surgery – The implant placement plan created by Dr. Elder will be used by your oral surgeon to quickly and efficiently drill down into the bone to place the sleeve for the implant post. Your gums and jawbone will need to heal. In some cases, your jawbone may need to be prepared with a bone graft. This will be done during the procedure while you are under sedation. A bone graft reinforces your jaw and provides a more solid base for the implant. The surgery and the steps following surgery may take several months depending upon your rate of healing. Your jawbone needs to heal tightly around the implant. This process is called osseointegration. While you wait, you may still have a gap where your tooth or teeth are missing. Dr. Elder may give you a partial temporary denture that can be removed for eating and for sleep. In the meantime, a healing cap will likely be placed over the sleeve.
- Abutment – You may need to have an additional minor procedure to place an abutment or the piece where the crown will attach. Once this is placed, your gums must heal for about two weeks before the dentures or artificial tooth can be attached.
- Impressions – When your gums heal, you’ll have an impression of your mouth and remaining teeth (if any) made and your new artificial teeth will be made.
- Adapting – After any oral surgery, you will need rest and healing time. You may experience one or more of the following:
- Swelling of the gums or face
- Minor bleeding
Dental Implant Aftercare
Be sure to follow all your post-extraction and post-surgical instructions and oral hygiene guidelines when caring for your teeth after surgery.
Here are the dos and don’ts of what to do after your dental implant surgery.
- Take your pain medications and antibiotics as prescribed
- Use ice packs on the sides where you had the implant
- Keep your mouth clean with gentle rinsing with a cup of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of salt 5 or six times a day
- Exercise vigorously
- Drink from a straw
- Rinse your mouth vigorously or brush over the surgical site. (Brushing your other teeth is okay.
How To Care For Your Implants
Follow your dentist’s guidelines when caring for your implants. If you have the removable type of dentures or artificial teeth, you will have a different set of instructions to care for the prosthesis. For fixed artificial teeth, you will practice the same oral hygiene as if you were caring for your natural teeth.
Here are a few guidelines for caring for your dental implants:
Here are some guidelines for caring for your dentures:
- Brush or clean your dentures and other teeth according to instructions every day
- Don’t chew gum
- Avoid hard or sharp foods
- If you grind your teeth, consider getting a mouth guard to wear at night.