Dental Implants in South Jordan, Utah
If you’re missing teeth, dental implants are a great option to restore a smile that looks and feels natural. Implants are a popular tooth replacement method because they fit permanently and comfortably in place, and can last a lifetime.
At Copper Creek Dental, our skilled team and advanced technology allow us to turn the traditionally complex process of dental implant surgery into a more simplistic solution for missing teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants replace the entire tooth, down to the root. A single implant consists of a titanium screw-like post that is surgically placed in the jaw, and a crown that attaches to the post.
The metal post fuses with the jawbone and acts like a tooth root, securing the implant in place while also stimulating the jawbone so it doesn’t deteriorate. The attached crown is a false tooth that is custom-designed to blend seamlessly with your smile.
Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant process first begins with a consultation where we help you make an educated decision about replacing your missing teeth.
If dental implant surgery is right for you, we then scan your mouth using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) and an intraoral scanner to create a 3D image of your mouth. We use this technology to quickly and accurately plan the perfect implant placement.
Next, with the help of anesthesia, we surgically place the dental implant posts using a surgical guide that fits over your teeth and gums. The guide is created based on the digital impression taken of your mouth and ensures the implant is placed exactly where it needs to be.
After placing the posts, your jaw will need around three to six months to heal. We’ll monitor your healing progress during this time and once your mouth has recovered, we’ll attach the custom crowns to the posts.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implant surgery can help adults who are missing a single tooth or have multiple missing teeth. The ideal candidate for dental implants has healthy gum and jawbone tissue that can properly support the implants.
If you have gum disease or your jawbone has deteriorated due to long-term tooth loss, we’ll work with you to understand whether your mouth is healthy enough for dental implants. In severe cases, gum disease therapy, gum grafting, bone grafting, or tooth extractions may be necessary to make you a good candidate.