Our dental practice is a premiere provider of implant dentistry in American Fork, Utah. Dental implants offer a permanent, natural-looking solution for missing teeth. This solution is superior to other restoration solutions such as dentures or bridges.
Essentially, dental implants are brand-new teeth that function just like the rest of your teeth.
Learn more about dental implants and our implant dentistry process.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are high-tech dental porcelain crowns used to permanently replace missing teeth. Implants appear and function just like your natural teeth, thus offering a more comfortable, functional alternative to dentures and bridges.
Dental implants rely on the process of osseointegration, or the generation of new bone to secure the implant in place, making it a permanent fixture in your mouth. After we determine that you are a good candidate for dental implants, we will remove any remaining root of your missing tooth/teeth and begin the dental implant process.
Our 3-step dental implant process
The dental implant process consists of three basic steps.
- A titanium rod is fitted in the gum tissue, covered with a temporary crown, and allowed to heal for 3 to 6 months. During this time, your jaw bone fuses to the implant rod.
- A smaller metal rod, called an abutment, is attached to the implant, followed by a brief healing period.
- A custom porcelain crown, color-matched to the rest of your teeth, is fitted to the abutment.
That’s it! You go home with your new tooth (or teeth) and can start using them normally (chewing, flossing, etc.) right away.
Some facts about dental implants
- Gaps in your smile can cause misalignment and decay of surrounding teeth, bone loss in the jaw, difficulty chewing and speaking, and sagging facial skin.
- Dental implants are only tooth restoration option that helps stimulate bone growth and prevents bone loss in the jaw.
- Dental implants require no special care (only brushing and flossing) and cannot get cavities.
- Long term success rates with implants range from 90-95% with many dental implant patients never needing to repair or replace their implants for the duration of their life.
- Tooth implants are a more conservative solution than a bridge. With implants, only the tooth that is being replaced is affected – with bridges, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth must be ground down and capped.
- Implants can be used to replace one or many teeth.
- Dental implants can also support dentures. Implant-supported dentures are more stable and comfortable than traditional dentures, which are held in place with adhesive.
Are dental implants right for you?
Dental implants are not right for everyone. Smokers, people with serious diseases like leukemia, and people with advanced bone loss or gum disease may not be good candidates for implant dentistry.
Contact the dental implant specialists at Murdock & Searle for a free dental implant consultation at our American Fork offices to determine if dental implants are the best tooth restoration option for you.