Enjoy the Most Lifelike Restoration with Dental Implants
Missing teeth can take the joy out of everyday activities you love, from laughing and speaking confidently to eating your favorite foods. Dental implants, tiny metal posts embedded in the jaw, are widely recognized as the preferred form of tooth replacement. Implants offer incredible stability and durability to a range of restorations. To learn how dental implants can benefit you, contact our Provo, UT, practice and schedule your consultation with Dr. Joe Jeppson.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Thanks to the biocompatible properties of titanium, the implant will fuse with your jawbone to effectively replace missing tooth roots. Dental implants can be used to meet any of your tooth replacement needs. You can rely on dental implants for:
- Single-tooth Replacement - This procedure allows you to replace a missing tooth with an implant-supported crown.
- Multiple-tooth Replacement – Patients who are missing two or more teeth in a row can have a fixed bridge attached to their implants to permanently fill in gaps in their smile.
- Full-arch Replacement – For patients missing all their teeth on the top, bottom, or both dental arches, implant-supported dentures can be a long-lasting and functional alternative to removable dentures.
Although Dr. Jeppson does not perform dental implant surgery, he can help provide a referral for the procedure. After you are made comfortable, your surgeon will make a small incision in your gums. Next, he will drill a hole into the bone and insert the titanium post. Over the next few months the implant will fuse with the bone in a process called osseointegration. When this process is complete, you will return to have your abutments attached. It should take about two weeks for your gums to heal from the abutment procedure. At that time, you will come into our office to have your restorations attached to the implants. With Dr. Jeppson's experience and eye for detail, you can rest assured that your restorations will fully return the strength of your bite and blend in beautifully with your smile.
Determining Your Candidacy
Most patients who are in good health and have sufficient bone density are good candidates for dental implants. Your candidacy may be compromised if you have a condition that puts you at risk during surgery, such as heart disease. Patients with a soft or small jawbone can generally improve their candidacy with a preparatory procedure. A bone graft, for example, can fortify the jawbone in preparation for dental implants.
Understanding the Benefits of Dental Implants
More people than ever are choosing this treatment option when they consider:
- Dental implants give support to restorations, such as crowns, bridges, and dentures, in way that looks and feels extremely lifelike.
- Dental implants allow patients to speak, laugh, and eat without worrying that their dentures will slip out of place.
- Dental implants can prevent the jawbone deterioration that accompanies long-term tooth loss.
- With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.