Dental Implants in Salt Lake City, Utah
Enhance and restore your smile with dental implants from 3rd South Dental. Our office in Salt Lake City, Utah, offers a restorative option for patients missing one or more teeth. Dental implants are a great solution that many of our patients at 3rd South Dental love.
About Permanent Implants
There are three main parts of a dental implant, the post, the abutment, and the attachment. A dental implant replaces the entire tooth from the tooth’s root to the chewing surface. We replace the tooth’s root with a metal post made of titanium. The jawbone grows around the metal post to secure it as the dental implant settles. The next piece placed is the abutment which holds together the post and the attachment. Finally is the attachment. There are three main types of attachments: dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures. Your dentist will suggest an attachment depending on your situation.
Do you need Dental Implants?
You may require implants if you have missing teeth or have severely broken teeth. Some patients are also unable to rely on other options, such as bridges or dentures, due to sensitivity or poor ridges, among other reasons, and have to resort to implants. Not only can dental implants restore the appearance of your teeth, but they can also restore their function. Many patients with dental implants can now enjoy hard and sticky foods they could not eat before. Dental implants can enhance your quality of life.
Why Consider Implants
There are several reasons to consider a dental implant. First, dental implants can stop your teeth from shifting into the space left by the missing tooth, which can cause other dental complications. Other options, such as bridges, can help temporarily, but implants solve it and conserve your jawbone because of the implanted support. With bridges, a dental prosthesis that joins an artificial tooth to the neighboring remaining teeth, and with dentures, the jawbone can deteriorate as there is no more stimulation to the bone.
Secondly, a dental implant can retain the appearance of your jawline surrounding your missing tooth. Often when a tooth is missing from the jawline, a sunken appearance begins to form. The best way to restore this sunken jawline is to receive a dental implant. This will round out your jawline and prevent sinking.
Lastly, patients should consider dental implants to enhance their quality of life. Many patients that need dental implants are afraid to smile because they do not want to show their missing teeth. With dental implants, you will be confident to smile and do everyday activities. Additionally, dental implants will improve your appearance and confidence. They can also improve the way you eat. With dental implants, you can eat all the foods you love, including sticky and chewy ones.
How do I Care for My Dental Implants?
After many patients get dental implants, they want to know how to care for them. At 3rd South Dental, we recommend that patients care for dental implants similarly to their natural teeth. Dental implants should be brushed and flossed twice a day. We also recommend that patients use mouthwash twice a day. A dental routine like this will ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy and free of decay. If gum disease develops below the dental implant, it could threaten the structure of the implant.
Choosing to get a dental implant is a big decision. Many patients in the Salt Lake City, Utah area have gotten dental implants from 3rd South Dental, and they love them. With a dental implant, you can enjoy the smile of your dreams with confidence. You will also have the freedom to eat what you like with the implant. For more information about dental implants or to schedule an appointment, call our office.