If you are missing teeth, then you have a lot of company. The American College of Prosthodontics estimates that over 35 million Americans do not have any teeth, and 178 million people in our country are missing at least one tooth. Of course, this isn’t really the company you want to keep. Your smile and your health are better off when you replace missing teeth. A dental implant offers an excellent tooth replacement option, because it not only fills in for a missing tooth but it also substitutes for the root. Dr. Walker offer single implants, mini implants and implant retained dentures.
Dental implants are an ideal choice for when you need to fill in the space left behind by one or two missing teeth. The procedure is really rather straightforward. In advance of your appointment, Dr. Walker, your dentist in Salt Lake City, plans the placement of your implants so that they are positioned perfectly. This ensures a stronger bond between the implant and surrounding bone tissue, thereby creating a solid foundation for your new tooth. Once the minor oral surgery to place the implant is completed, several months of healing are needed before Dr. Walker attaches the porcelain crown that will complete your smile.
Structurally, mini dental implants are just the same as traditional implants. They’re just smaller in order to accommodate spaces that are narrower in your mouth or areas of your jaw where the bone is less dense. Mini implants can be set at an angle to take advantage of where your jawbone is thicker. Furthermore, these smaller implants do not require the invasive surgery that is necessary with standard dental implants. Therefore, healing is easier and requires less time. If you are receiving mini dental implants to support dentures, then you’ll be able to wear a temporary set while you heal and the implants integrate with the bone.
Speaking of dentures, dental implants are also ideal for supporting permanent dentures. Known as an implant-retained denture, this prosthetic combines the aesthetic appeal of a full denture with the security of dental implants. Dr. Walker plans the placement of several implants along your upper or lower arch. Like other types of implants, these integrate with your jawbone. However, instead of supporting a single crown, these implants secure a denture that is outfitted with a metal framing underneath the gum-colored base. The framing securely hooks to the dental implants. Implant-retained dentures eliminate the problems often associated with removable dentures, such as slipping, clicking or dentures that fall out.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment for the kind of dental implants that are just right for your smile!