Dental Implant Advantages
Dental implants are not a new procedure, but they have surged in popularity in recent years because they offer a beautiful, permanent solution to tooth loss with better long- term comfort and convenience than dentures or bridges. Oral surgeons in Salt Lake City place dental implants by surgically inserting an anchor, then affixing a tooth that matches your natural teeth.
The Best Candidates for Dental Implants
Not everyone will be able to get dental implants, but those who do report a success rate of about 98% so it is worth asking your oral surgeon in Ogden about whether or not they could work for you. Generally speaking the best candidates for this procedure are healthy patients with adequate bone and gums to hold the implant in place. Patients with good oral hygiene who brush and floss regularly and see a dentist for cleanings every six months will be more likely to have successful implants.
Heavy smokers or individuals who suffer from a chronic illness that contributes to higher risk of gum (periodontal) disease, such as diabetes or heart disease, or patients who have had radiation to the head and neck area might not be good candidates for dental implants in Ogden.
The Process for Dental Implants
When you visit our oral surgery offices in Salt Lake City or Ogden we will review your treatment plan and outline the entire procedure. The first part of the process involves placing a small titanium post as the “root” for your future tooth. It will be implanted into your existing bone, and over the course of several weeks or months your bone will fuse to the post to create a secure anchor. During this time you may have a temporary cover over the surgical site.
Once it’s fused, the next step is to attach an abutment that will hold your tooth in place. The oral surgeon will take impressions of your teeth and bite so they can create a realistic tooth that matches your other teeth in shape, size, and color. When it’s ready, the newly created tooth will be attached to the abutment as a crown. After they are connected, you can care for your new teeth the same way you care for your natural teeth.
Call Us to Learn More
To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants in Salt Lake City or Ogden and speak with our oral surgeons about the procedure, call our offices today and schedule a free consultation.