Implants are the future of dentistry.
Dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. We can use implants to replace one missing tooth or to anchor a complete set of dentures when all the teeth need to be removed.
To place implants, we essentially integrate a “titanium root” into the bone where a tooth is missing. One of our highly trained doctors performs implant surgeries right here at our Salt Lake City dental office. Using precise techniques, advanced training, and years of experience, we’ll handle the entire dental implant process from start to finish.
Once the surgery is complete, the implant is then left alone for three to six months and allowed to integrate into the bone. Depending on the complexity of the case and the arrangement of the implants that were placed, we can then restore them with a crown, bridge, or denture.
The post-operative pain experienced with implants is surprisingly low. Most patients report that any discomfort associated with having the implant placed was minimal, and they were pleased that they could go back to their normal lives the same day of the surgery.
The most common reason that an implant is placed is for a patient that has one or two missing teeth. Before the introduction of implants, missing teeth were often replaced with a bridge. Bridges are great restorations in certain circumstances, but unfortunately, they usually involve at least two adjacent teeth to support the missing one.
This means that if, for some reason, one of the two adjacent teeth has a problem down the road, you could lose the entire bridge. So, in simpler terms, a bridge is a three-tooth solution for a one-tooth problem.
Thanks to the advancements in implant dentistry, we can now successfully offer you a one-tooth solution for a one-tooth problem. That means that we don’t have to involve the teeth adjacent to the implant. They remain completely separate, and they will never affect the implant or the implant crown.
Implants are also the solution for loose-fitting dentures. Are you frustrated by a denture that floats around when you talk? Do you ever worry about your denture falling out while you are eating?
At Cottonwood Dental Associates, we can retrofit your existing denture or build a new one so it snaps on to two, four, or six implants. The days of being worried about public embarrassment when you lose a denture are over because with an implant-retained denture, you will never have a loose denture again.
If you are missing teeth, whether one or many, please call us today for a consultation. We’ll help you arrange an appointment that fits your busy lifestyle without taking time from work or school. We look forward to working with you so that you can smile again with confidence.