What is a Dental Implant? Ask the Utah Dental Implant Specialists.
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. The dental implant consists of three parts (see diagram):
- The dental implant, which replaces the root. The dental implant is placed in the bone of the upper or lower jaw and is allowed to integrate with the bone and serve as an anchor for the replacement tooth.
- The abutment, which serves as a connector between the dental implant and the crown.
- The crown, which is fabricated by a dental laboratory, placed by a restorative dentist or periodontist and attached to the abutment.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth. Implants look, feel and function like natural teeth. Dental implants may also be used to support and retain dentures. Dental implants are a successful restorative option with a long clinical history. Dental implants preserve the integrity of the facial structure and reduce the inconvenience associated with tooth loss.
Dr. Mark Mangelson, DDS, MS, specializes in dental implants in Utah, Salt Lake City, Murray, Cottonwood and Holladay.
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Procedure: Dental Implant Placement
Placing Dental Implants: Under local anesthesia, Dr. Mark Mangelson exposes the bone, then inserts the appropriate number of dental implants. In most cases, the patient is able to resume normal activities the next day. Other procedures may be performed at this time like bone grafting, tissue grafting, or sinus lift. These will have been discussed with you at the time of the treatment planning.
Bone Healing: After the dental implants are placed, they are covered with gum tissue while the bone heals. In many cases the dental implants and the abutment can be placed at the same time. During the next three to six months, dental implants integrate with the bone. Temporary crowns, bridges or over-dentures are optional during the bone-healing period.
Connecting the Abutment/Bone Healing: In many cases, it is possible to place the abutment at the same time as the dental implant and a fixed temporary solution may be constructed immediately or within a matter of days. If immediate placement of the abutment is not possible or desired, the dental implants may be covered by the soft tissue while the implants integrate with the bone. This usually takes three to six months. Different temporary solutions such as crowns, bridges or over-dentures can be used during this time. You will be asked to return to our Salt Lake City dental implant office for follow-up examinations.
Restoration: When the dental implant has fully integrated, Dr. Mark Mangelson takes impressions that are used in designing the final restoration. The impressions are sent to a dental lab where the crowns (or tooth) portions of the dental implant are made. Once the crowns are complete, Dr. Mark Mangelson will attach the crown to the abutment and the process is complete. You are now ready to enjoy your new beautiful smile.
Maintenance: Long term success greatly depends on regular periodontal maintenance. Visit our Salt Lake City dental implant office for maintenance from our dental implant hygeniests.
Procedure: Extraction Site Preservation for Dental Implants
At the time of tooth extraction, Dr. Mark Mangelson may feel that a bone graft is necessary to support the dental implant. Based on the individual patient, healing time may be required for the bone graft to be dense enough to place a dental implant.
After your dental implant has been placed into the bone, it takes 3-6 months for the dental implant to completely fuse with the bone. This periodontal process is called osseointegration. Like a natural tooth root, this integration with the bone will create the needed support for your implant post and crown to function normally.
Procedure: Ridge Augmentation
When a tooth is lost and not replaced, it is a natural process for the bone to recede and tissue to shrink. This natural process can create an altered facial appearance and muscle weakness.
Dr. Mark Mangelson can correct this defect with ridge augmentation and dental implant placement.
Working as a team with your restorative dentist, a final restoration is placed restoring your confidence with every smile.
Procedure: Sinus Lift Prior to Dental Implant Procedure
The sinus lift procedure is intended to gently elevate the floor of the sinus (upper arch) allowing access for bone graft placement. Following the sinus lift and bone graft, a six to nine month healing period is required before the placement of the dental implant.
A sinus lift increases the likelihood of success regarding the placement of dental implants. Sinus lifts are both clinically and technically demanding and should be performed by trained dental specialists.
Dr. Mark Mangelson is highly skilled at performing sinus lifts, thus ensuring your confidence in the success of your dental implant.
Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Anyone who is missing one or more of their teeth due to injury, periodontal disease or decay may be a candidate for dental implants. If one, a few or all teeth are missing, dental implants in conjunction with a crown or bridge can replace those teeth.
Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits that dental implants offer. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you're healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you're probably healthy enough to receive dental implants.
Working with your dentist, Dr. Mark Mangelson will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and medical health history. At this time, all of your periodontal questions can be answered.
How Long Will Dental Implant Treatment Take?
Dental implant treatment time will vary depending on your individual situation. In specific circumstances, it is possible to get well functioning and aesthetic looking teeth within a few days. In most cases it may be necessary to wait for dental implant integratation before finishing the restoration in order to obtain an optimal result.
How Much Will Dental Implants Cost?
The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants will depend on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of implants required to support your replacement teeth. It is important for you to know that you do not necessarily need a dental implant for each missing tooth.
Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants.
To obtain a specific fee estimate for Murray, Utah dental implants, it is necessary to have Dr. Mark Mangelson complete a thorough periodontal evaluation of your mouth. After a diagnostic examination, he will recommend the treatment that is best for you and what your investment would be for the procedure. His Murray, Utah periodontal office is a convenient location for all of your specialized dental needs.
Benefits of Dental Implants: Improved Appearance
There are two parts to every tooth - the crown and the root. The crown is the visible part and the root is the unseen part which anchors the tooth in your jawbone, providing stable support for your crown. When an entire tooth is lost - crown and root - shrinkage of the jawbone may occur making the face look older.
Dental implants look, feel and function like your own natural teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants: Improved Comfort
Dental implants eliminate the pain and discomfort of removable full or partial dentures. Since dentures sit on top of the bone and gums, continuous shrinkage of the bone alters the fit of the denture, resulting in slipping or rocking of the dentures.
Exposed nerves and irritation of the gum tissue may add to the discomfort. Implant-supported replacement teeth are like natural teeth because they are anchored securely in your bone. Gum irritation and the pain of exposed nerves associated with conventional full or partial dentures is virtually eliminated.
Benefits of Dental Implants: Improved Speech
There is a tendency with ill-fitting dentures for movement in the mouth. The facial muscles become tense in an attempt to hold the teeth in place. This often results in mumbling, slurred speech or clicking noises. Dental implant supported replacement dentures allow you to speak with confidence in a relaxed and natural tone.