Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. Hammons Dentalís dentist will surgically place a small, sturdy titanium screw-like post into your healthy jawbone. During the last 20 years, dental implants have become a desirable alternative to other methods of replacing missing teeth. Excellent success rates and a range of available options give our dentist a variety of new ways to treat and replace lost teeth
Your dentist can evaluate your case and tell you if you are a candidate for dental implants. Structurally, a dental implant is a titanium-based cylinder that replaces the missing tooth root. After a period of time, other parts are placed on the implant to enable your dentist to eventually place a crown (cap) on the implant. Implants can also be used to support full or partial dentures, dramatically improving denture retention and stability.
Most patients with adequate bone mass can have implants, although it varies among individuals. Typically an x-ray and CT-scan are performed to determine if you have enough bone to place the implant, as well as to verify the size and kind of implant that should be placed.
When compared to fixed bridges and removable dentures supported by other teeth or gum tissue, implants offer numerous advantages:
Since implants are placed in the gum similar to the way a natural tooth is supported, our dentist can offer a more realistic and natural look compared to other alternatives.
When a tooth is lost, the supporting bone structure gradually recedes. Placing an implant in that empty space significantly reduces the speed of bone resorption and provides stability for this valuable tissue.
Patients who have experienced removable full or partial dentures know that keeping their dentures in place is always a challenge. Dental implants offer a great improvement to denture retention for all patients. In some cases the dentist can secure the denture to a group of implants with special screws that stabilize the denture completely.
Often the preferred method of replacing a single missing tooth is a bridge. Bridges require from the dentist extra preparation for the surrounding teeth to ultimately connect 3 or more teeth. This negatively impacts your health by making the task of retaining your teeth more difficult and by often requiring the destruction of existing tooth structure to create room for the new bridge. An implant is mostly an independent unit and does not negatively affect the adjacent teeth.
We provide our patients in St. George and Santa Clara, UT with the most advanced technology in general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, dental implants and much more. Visit our dentist office or call us to schedule your oral health evaluation exam. Our team includes experienced and energetic people whose goal is to communicate well with our patients and provide the best care possible for you and your family.