If you are missing one or more permanent teeth, Dr. Clayton M. Hansen may recommend dental implants in American Fork, Utah. Dental implants are a good option for replacing missing teeth without relying on other teeth for support. An implant replaces a missing tooth with a titanium screw that supports a dental crown, dental bridge or denture. Implants are a conservative way to regain the natural look and function of missing teeth.

Dental implants are made of three main parts:

  • The Post — This is the part of the implant the simulates the root of the tooth, and it is the biggest strength of the dental implant overall. With other tooth replacement options, the pressure from the tooth root is lost, and the jawbone may begin to deteriorate as a result. With dental implants, this is not a problem, and the post helps keep your jawbone strong and healthy for life.
  • The Abutment — This part of the implant connects the post and the restoration, but it also has another very important job: it seals your gums around the post, protecting you against harmful bacteria in the mouth.
  • The Restoration — This is the part of the implant that simulates the chewing surface of the tooth. Your restoration will be custom made for your own smile goals, and it can be a single crown for one implant or a larger restoration supported by a smaller number of posts.

Dental implants have many benefits. The product looks and feels like your own teeth, and it restores the beauty and functionality of your smile. Dental implants are designed to fuse with your jawbone so that they become a permanent part of your smile. Unlike dental bridges, dental implants do not require tooth reduction. Because of this, your long-term oral health is improved. Dental implants are very durable and can last for many years, or even a lifetime. Implants have several advantages over dentures. Dentures can slide in your mouth, making eating and speaking difficult. Implants are a part of you, so you will be able to eat and speak properly. Implants are also more comfortable and convenient than dentures because they are not removable but instead are a part of your smile.

Feel free to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment with our dentist.