Missing teeth should be replaced to keep other teeth in their normal position. This can be done using a fixed bridge or a dental implant. A dental implant is a titanium metal replacement for the root of a tooth that is surgically implanted in the jawbone.

Dental Implant Questions

Before you decide on a course of action, consider asking these simple questions:

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium metal replacement for the root of a tooth that is surgically implanted in the jawbone. 

As the body heals (approximately two to six months after the surgery), the bone around the implant fuses to the implant through a process called osseointegration. 

After the healing phase is complete, the implants are used to anchor crowns, bridges, or dentures. 

Dental implants are the most natural replacement for a missing tooth. For more information call us at (801) 747-8018.

What is the process of dental implants?

At The Center of Dental Professionals, we begin with a thorough evaluation of the patient’s medical and dental history, and perform a full clinical examination of the entire mouth and missing tooth area.  The clinical exam should also include specific x-rays. 

After assessing the patient, a comprehensive treatment plan can be devised.  From that point, implants are surgically placed in the jawbone under local anesthesia and/or general anesthesia.

The length of  healing following this procedure, is based on the quality and quantity of bone, as well as the type of implant placed.  After adequate healing is allowed to occur, the implant can be used to support a crown, bridge, or denture.

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What number of dental implants can be placed?

This is a question that should be determined during the treatment plan.  A good rule-of-thumb is to place one implant for each tooth that needs to be replaced.

Other decisive factors for the number of implants needed for success depends upon the quality and quantity of the patient’s bone. Equally important is the existing anatomy of the bone and the financial resources of the patient. (At The Center of Dental Professionals we try not to let money get in the way of good dentistry.)

Placing enough implants to restore teeth is vitally important to the long-term success of the restoration.  Simply stated, the most costly mistake is to have an implant fail because not enough implants were placed to support existing teeth.  If the number of implants is limited, due to the financial constraints of the patient, then the implant treatment should be avoided or the type of restoration must be altered.

For more answers about dental implants call us at (801) 747-8018.

Who should you see about getting dental implants?

When getting dental implants, you should select a dentist or dental team with an in-depth knowledge and prior experience in all aspects of the treatment being provided. At The Center of Dental Professionals, we have this expertise.

It is also important to know that implant treatment consists of two components: a surgical phase and a restorative phase.

Traditionally, a dental surgeon (such as an oral surgeon or a periodontist) performs the surgical component.  A general dentist, or prosthodontist and laboratory technician, perform the restorative component.  However, as implant dentistry has become more sophisticated, sometimes a dentist who specializes in restorative dentistry conducts the entire procedure.

Call us at (801) 747-8018 for more information about dental implants and whether or not they are right for you.

Are there different types of dental implants?

Yes, several types are available. The American Dental Association considers both the endosteal and the subperiosteal implants to be acceptable.
An important factor for selection is to determine whether your jawbone can adequately support the implant.  Most dental implants placed today are endosteal root form fixtures (similar to a man-made tooth root). 

Call us at (801) 747-8018 for more information about dental implants and whether or not they are right for you.