A dental tooth implant is a small, sturdy, metal post which acts like a root structure of a natural tooth. The titanium anchor is surgically placed in either the upper or the lower jaw. Once the dental tooth implant fuses with the bone and is supported by the surrounding gum tissue, the implant functions much like a natural tooth root. Then a dental crown, bridge, or denture can be attached to the metal post, creating a natural looking replacement for the missing tooth or teeth.
What is the Dental Implant Placement Procedure?
If Dr. Thomas, a dental tooth implant expert in Salt Lake City, Utah determines that you are a good candidate for a dental implant procedure, he will carefully place the implant in the jawbone. Over a period of time, the bone will fuse with the dental tooth implant. During the healing phase, sometimes a temporary replacement crown can be worn above the dental tooth implant.
After the dental tooth implant has fused with the jawbone, a second piece, called the abutment, fits over the implant and protrudes from the gum line. Then a replacement tooth–dental crown–is placed onto the abutment for a natural looking and permanent appearing replacement. A full denture or fixed bridge can also be anchored to a dental tooth implant for stability and function.
Mini Dental Implant Placement
Mini dental implants are easier to place in the jawbone through a one-step procedure. The mini dental implant placement is less invasive and takes only about an hour, sometimes without requiring incision or stitches. Placement of the mini dental tooth implant doesn’t require months of healing.
After the mini dental implant placement, dentures can be attached to the mini dental implants to anchor and stabilize removable dentures!
To learn more about dental implant placement, contact our Salt Lake City office today to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION with Utah dental tooth implant expert Dr. Allan S. Thomas. Simply call the number above or enter your information in the email contact form on the right side of this page. Dr. Thomas can determine if dental tooth implant procedure is right for you!