Missing or severely damaged teeth can cause numerous problems for not only your smile’s aesthetic but your oral health. If you do not receive a replacement for a missing or damaged tooth, you may experience difficulty chewing or speaking or, more severely, loss of jawbone tissue. To replace missing or irreparable teeth, our dentist may recommend a dental implant. Dental implants can be designed to look, feel and work just like your natural teeth, so you and others don’t have to notice one or more of your teeth are not your originals!
Dental implants are sturdy and long-lasting, and they function just like your natural teeth. They are one of the most durable procedures offered by our office and provide a viable alternative to dentures or dental bridges. Unlike those other procedures, implants do not need realignment, nor do they need to be anchored onto neighboring teeth. Each is anchored instead into the jawbone, providing stimulation and preventing bone loss. If you have more than one missing tooth, multiple dental implants can be used.
Because of the complex nature of this procedure, the implant will need to take place over a period of months. First, the posts will be anchored into the jawbone, after which the site will be allowed to heal. After this period, the replacement tooth will be anchored onto this post. Patients can explore their options for temporary teeth during their consultation with our dentist.
If you have concerns or questions about implant dentistry, contact 435-652-9105 and meet with our dentist. About Dental Care can help answer your questions about this procedure and your options for dental restoration. When you plan your dental implant in St. George, Utah, Dr. Bryce Alldredge can help you make informed, balanced decisions about your treatment. Depending on preexisting conditions, Dr. Bryce Alldredge may also need to recommend additional procedures.