Dental implants are a relatively new treatment option for many patients, but they have quickly become one of the most popular choices for someone who is missing one or more teeth. It is estimated that about 7 in 10 adults in the U.S. between the ages of 35 and 44 are missing at least one tooth, and about one-fourth of adults over the age of 75 have lost all their natural teeth. The Dental Clinic at Roseman University offers high quality and affordable dental implants for patients in the Salt Lake City area.
The Basics on Dental Implants
Dental implants have been proven as a safe and effective alternative to dentures or other prostheses. The implant is made of titanium, and inserted into the jawbone to help anchor the replacement tooth (crown). Over time the bone will fuse with the titanium implant and can simulate the root of a missing tooth, helping to provide a strong foundation to keep the tooth from falling out and prevent bone loss that often occurs when you are missing teeth and the jawbone is not receiving proper stimulation from chewing and talking.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Tooth loss can impact you in many different ways. A gap in your teeth can cause you to feel self-conscious, not wanting to talk or smile, which can impact your social life and hinder your ability to get a job. Getting dental implants can provide many benefits:
- Improves aesthetic appearance – dental implants can improve the appearance of your teeth and give you more confidence to smile, and are designed to match your natural teeth so no one will even know it’s an implant
- Fewer cavities – teeth restored with implants cannot get cavities, although it’s still important to brush and floss to prevent plaque buildup and gum disease
- Promotes healthy bones – since it’s secured with a titanium “root” to your jaw, a dental implant is the only restorative option that can stimulate natural bone growth and prevent bone loss in your jaw
- A permanent solution – the titanium that secures your new tooth to your jaw also helps avoid some of the most common problems associated with replacement teeth, such as inability to chew or bite into certain foods
- Improves speech and comfort – dentures that don’t fit well can slip and cause difficulty speaking, plus all that movement inside your mouth is often uncomfortable and can lead to mouth sores and other problems
Single dental implants also don’t need to be fastened to surrounding teeth like a tooth-supported bridge, so you more of your natural teeth can remain intact. Dental implants are designed to last for many years, and may even last for your entire life without the need to replace them in the future.
Talk to a Dentist About Implants
Not everyone who needs replacement teeth will be a good candidate for dental implants at our clinic in South Jordan, just 20 minutes from Salt Lake City. It’s important to discuss the option with your dentist and review your dental needs and your personal health history. Some individuals who suffer from chronic illness such as diabetes and heart disease, who are undergoing treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy, or who are heavy smokers, may not be a good candidate for the procedure.