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What Are Dental Implants?
Drs. Atwood, Atwood, and Black may suggest dental implants in Orem, Utah, for a patient who is missing one or more permanent teeth. A dental implant is a restoration that replaces both the missing tooth and its root. A dental implant is made up of a titanium post, which fuses with the jawbone, and a dental restoration, like a dental crown or bridge. There are usually three phases to getting a dental implant:

Implant Post Placement
The implant post will be surgically placed into the socket of the missing tooth. During the healing process, we recommend that you eat soft, cold foods and warm soup.

Osseointegration
During osseointegration, the jawbone will heal around the implant post and fuse with it. This provides a solid foundation. Osseointegration takes time. Often, patients need to wait until the implant is completely fused with the bone, which takes several months, before having the replacement tooth or teeth attached. Other patients can have the implant post and replacement teeth placed in a single visit.

Restoration Placement
The last phase is the placement of replacement teeth. Depending on your needs, a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture will be constructed to attach to your implant. Your restoration will match the shade of your natural teeth. The construction of restorations can take time, so our dentists may provide a temporary restoration in the interim. Once your crown, bridge, or denture is complete, our dentists will attach it to your dental implant.

We welcome you to contact Double Take Dental today to learn more and to schedule your next visit. Our team is excited to help you reach your ideal smile!