Providing Dental Implants to Patients in Salt Lake City and the Surrounding Communities
Dental Implants Can Be the Solution You’re Looking For
Losing a tooth is never an enjoyable or fun experience to go through. It will not only affect your smile, but it can also impact your ability to chew food properly and easily. Dental bridges and removable dentures can serve as a fix in these cases, but they are somewhat temporary fixes to the problem and they come with some distinct disadvantages you’ll want to be aware of before going that route. If you want a solution that is more visually pleasing and permanent, dental implants are likely the best treatment for you. They look and feel like real teeth, and more importantly, they function exactly like them – giving you complete freedom to eat the same foods you always have without any discomfort or difficulty. Kim Roberts DDS is a dentist Salt Lake City residents trust to provide the absolute best possible dental care to ensure they have the smile they deserve.
Dental Implants – what are they?
When you think about dental implants, you may think the implant is just the tooth itself. However, an implant is actually a small titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone where the missing tooth once was, acting as an anchor to secure an artificial tooth. Patients choose dental implants for several reasons:
- Look and function like real teeth
- Preserve the facial structure
- Allow patients to eat normally again
- Prevent any bone deterioration that can occur when a tooth is lost
Dental implants vs. bridges and dentures
There are obviously certain situations that a dental bridge or denture makes sense, but it is typically a temporary solution, not one a patient chooses as a long-term option. There are very clear and obvious disadvantages that come with bridges or dentures compared to implants:
- They may loosen and move around while eating
- Make clicking noises while eating or talking
- Not as natural-looking as dental implants
- Bridges require the surrounding teeth to be filed down in order to place caps on them to act as anchors
- Dentures are required to be taken out every evening
Implants – how do they work?
After placing the titanium screw into the jawbone, several weeks will pass to allow the screw and jawbone to fuse together. An anchor forms as a result, which allows the dentist to place the small posts in that will hold the artificial teeth securely to the implant.
How long does it take?
The treatment itself will depend on various factors that will be different with each patient. Some patients will only need one implant, while others may require several – and this obviously impacts the length of time the procedure will take. The implant fitting procedure for a single implant can take anywhere from 30-90 minutes, and that will depend on the specific dentist performing the treatment and the implant’s complexity.
Connecting the artificial teeth to the implants
It’s important to remember that the artificial tooth and implant are two completely different things. In many cases an implant will require several months to fuse and heal after it has been inserted into the jawbone. This means that you won’t see your new tooth in your mouth until months after you go through implant surgery. Often times a dentist will use temporary bridges or dentures to give you back the normal look of your smile as you await your next steps.
Once you are completely healed, your dentist will schedule an appointment to lift the gum covering the implant so he or she can place the new tooth. Most patients will have ongoing appointments with the dentist to make sure the tooth is doing well and confirm that there are no complications following the procedure.
Are dental implants right for me?
There are numerous factors to consider when looking into dental implants as a viable option for you. Here are a handful your dentist will look at:
- The condition of your jawbone
- Amount of teeth you’ve lost and their location in the mouth
- Your general health
- Whether tooth extraction is necessary or not
What can make the surgery more difficult
There are some red flags to look out for when determining good candidates for dental implant surgery. Here are some of them:
- History of diabetes, osteoporosis, or other medical conditions
- Smoking and alcohol consumption
- Radiation exposure
- Poor overall health
If you’ve lost a tooth and are looking for a high-quality Salt Lake City dentist, Kim Roberts DDS is here for you. You’ll find expertise and experience in our office that will make it clear why we’re a dentist Salt Lake City patients have counted on for more than 20 years to provide the best dental care in the area. Dr. Kim Roberts will give you care and attention that will make you think you’re his only patient, making sure you are completely informed and educated on your options.
Give us a call today at 801-424-3500 to schedule an appointment.