A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a dentist places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or other reasons. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.
Are implants right for me?
Implants are a permanent solution that can improve your smile for a lifetime. If you are in good general health, have healthy gums, and need your teeth to be replaced, implants might be a good solution. Talk to your dentist about whether you are a good candidate for implants.
Benefits of dental implants
- Dental implants can last a lifetime with good care.
- Even if you need to replace one or more teeth, the dental implant posts can be left intact, and a new tooth can be secured to the post.
- Having a tooth or bridge secured to an implant post provides the most secure fit possible.
- Since an implant post is inserted into the jaw bone, it prevents bone loss by holding the jawbone intact.
- Since an implant post is secured in the gum tissue, it’s easier to keep clean than a dental bridge.
Implant placement process
The placement process of your implants will depend on your unique situation. In most cases, your dentist will first administer a local anesthetic to numb the area before placing the implants. Once the surrounding tissues are numb, your dentist will place the dental implant in the socket and cover it with a temporary restoration. The implant and jawbone will heal together over the next four to six months while the bone fuses to the implant in a process known as osseointegration.
Once the healing process is complete, your dentist will uncover the implant, place an abutment, and attach your new restoration. Your dentist may also place stitches to help your gums heal properly. The dental implant procedure itself takes around 2 hours and can be completed in a single appointment. However, your dental implants may require a few months to heal prior to being restored.
What happens after?
After your implant is placed, you will then need to allow some time for recovery. This recovery time can be anywhere from 3 to 6 months. During your recovery, you may need to alter your diet to include softer foods. You may also be prescribed medications to help manage any pain that may come from the implant.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Doubletake Dental, call (801) 225-1002 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 163 N 400 W St A1, Orem, UT, 84057.