When a tooth becomes severely decayed or suffers significant trauma, replacing it with a dental implant may be the best option. Dental implants are permanent restorations that match perfectly with your existing natural teeth. To learn more about dental implants in Provo, Utah, please call Pfeifferhorn Dental at 801-615-2917 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Porter today. Dental implants are a type of prosthetic tooth replacement. Unlike other tooth replacement options, they replace both the crown and the root of your missing tooth to fully restore your smile, oral health and oral function. Implants may be recommended to replace a single tooth, several teeth in a row or an entire dental arch.
Implants consist of two main parts: the implant post and the implant restoration. The implant post replaces the tooth root, and is surgically inserted into your jawbone to provide a stable foundation for the new tooth. Following your implant placement there will be a healing period to allow the post to bond with the bone. The implant post is crucial to your treatment, as it performs the same functions as your tooth root in stimulating your supporting bone tissue to keep it healthy and ensure the stability of your teeth.
After your healing period, our dentist will meet with you to create and place your implant restoration. This restoration could be a crown, bridge or denture depending on your needs. Your implant restoration will be custom-made to fit your mouth and smile perfectly and provide you with a beautiful, long-lasting result for your smile.
Implants are designed to last for a lifetime, but in order to do so they require the same care as your original teeth – daily brushing and flossing, and regular visits to our dentist to receive preventive care.
Many people also wonder if they are candidates for implant dentistry. Almost everyone is a candidate for dental implants – in fact, you should be able to receive an implant without any difficulty as long as your teeth, gums and supporting bone is healthy. If you have tooth decay, gum disease or another pre-existing condition, our dentist will need to provide treatment to resolve that issue before you can receive an implant.
For more information about implant dentistry and to set up an appointment with our experienced dentist, please contact our office today. We are dedicated to helping you regain a healthy smile!