Dental implants can be an important part of fixing your teeth and can be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth. To give your teeth the strength, stability, resilience, and support that your natural teeth do, Dr. Jayson C. Haws may recommend dental implants in Brigham City, Utah.
Dental implants are replacements for both the tooth root and the tooth. The implant post is placed surgically to the upper or lower jawbone. When attached, the implants will look and feel like a natural grown tooth and will enhance and restore your smile. There are various benefits and purposes for receiving dental implants. Dental implants can:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
- Restore a patient’s confident smile with the appearance of naturally grown teeth
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion
- Restore or enhance facial tissues
- Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable
The Success Rate of Dental Implants
After their healing period, the success rate of dental implants is between 94% and 98%. If you are a non-smoker with good oral hygiene, the percentage is closer to 98%.
Does the Procedure Hurt?
The pain involved with having a dental implant placed is similar to that of having a cavity filled. It is often done under local anesthesia and patients generally experience little discomfort after the procedure.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants become fixed into the jawbone. Though the life span of a dental implant will vary with each patient, many have remained in patients’ mouths for over 30 years. With good oral hygiene and regular cleanings, dental implants should last a lifetime. In contrast, the average life span of a traditional fixed bridge is between 10-15 years.
A critical question in determining whether an implant can be placed is, “Is there enough bone to support the implant?” Fortunately, advanced bone regeneration techniques available at our office now make it possible to place many more implants than just 10 years ago.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implant treatment begins with an evaluation in which our dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
Treatment Planning of Dental Implants
Dental Implants can be treatment planned virtually before actual placement. We have the ability to take a CT scan of your jaws and put the plan together using a 3D treatment planning software. From there, we make a surgical guide that allows us to precisely place the implant with the angulation and position that is ideal for the situation.
To learn more and to schedule an appointment, contact Haws Family Dentistry today.