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The gaps in your smile can cause multiple issues with your teeth. However, many people falsely believe that their gap is a permanent addition to their smile. Luckily, your dentist can help you close the gaps in your smile and restore your teeth’s functionality with dental implants. Are dental implants right for you? Find out more about dental implants and how they can help your teeth with Dr. Steven Christensen at 4Dental Health in Layton, UT.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant replaces a missing tooth but does not stop there. It also replaces the tooth’s root, a task that no other tooth replacement option can accomplish. Implants work well in conjunction with other cosmetic or restorative dental procedures to renew your smile and overhaul its appearance. Filling in the gaps in your smile can help boost your confidence and self-esteem to help you feel as great as you look.
The Parts of a Dental Implant
- Fixture: The fixture of a dental implant resembles a screw and is made from titanium. Dentists implant the fixture into the bone under the missing tooth to replace the tooth’s root.
- Prosthetic: The prosthetic is normally a dental crown custom-made from porcelain. In some cases, the prosthetic is a porcelain dental bridge or even a denture.
- Abutment: The implant’s abutment connects the fixture to the prosthetic. Some styles of dental implants have an abutment which is part of the fixture while others are separated.
Are dental implants the right treatment for me?
Dental implants are best for those who are in good dental health and have a committed and healthy at-home oral care routine. Patients should also have minimal bone atrophy in the area of the implant so the implant has an adequate amount of bone in which to sit. Without a sturdy foundation, there is a higher chance the implant will fail and reject from the bone in which it sits.
Dental Implants in Layton, UT
If you have missing teeth, consult with your dentist to learn more about dental implants and if you are a good candidate for this procedure. For more information on dental implants or how they can help you, please contact Dr. Steven Christensen at 4Dental Health in Layton, UT. Call (801) 889-1044 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Christensen today!
Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Layton, UT dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.
Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.
Contact your Layton, UT Dentist
Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Layton, UT dentist to schedule an appointment.
A crown is a common type of dental restoration that has been available, in different forms, for a long while. When properly done, it may last for decades — and if desired, it can be made to match the shade of the natural teeth so well that it's nearly impossible to tell them apart. Some recent technological innovations may offer patients who need this treatment even more choices. To begin learning about dental crowns, let's start with five facts everyone should know.
Crowns are a type of restoration that can solve many dental problems.
There are many factors that may cause the structure of a tooth to become compromised. It can be weakened by grinding or chipping, gradually removed by repeated dental fillings, or suddenly broken by trauma. Sometimes, a more conservative treatment (like inlays or veneers) may be enough to take care of the problem. When it isn't, the missing tooth structure can be replaced by a crown.
Crowns replicate the form and function of natural teeth.
Because they must fit into your mouth perfectly and match your bite exactly, each crown is an individually-crafted item, made just for you. That means the form of a crown must look just like the tooth it replaces — before it was damaged. And, especially if it's for a front tooth, a crown is often carefully designed to match the particular shade of your teeth. If you are unhappy about the color of your other front teeth, tooth whitening should be done first before your new crown is created to get the best results possible.
Crowns can be made of different materials.
For over a hundred years, crowns have been made of gold. While this extremely long-lasting material remains popular, its use has been declining recently due to aesthetic factors. Two tooth-colored alternatives are all-porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. The exact shade and luster of these substances can be made to closely simulate the natural teeth. Each has advantages and disadvantages in particular situations but we will be happy to make recommendations as to what is in your best interests.
New technologies are changing the way crowns are prepared.
Advances in the field of materials science have led to crowns being fabricated from more durable high-tech substances, like ceramics made of zirconium dioxide. And the availability of small-scale computer-aided design and manufacturing technologies means that in some situations, it's possible for a crown to be fabricated right in the dental office, in minutes. Undoubtedly, these technologies will continue to improve in the future.
Delivering a quality crown is a blend of science and art.
No matter how high-tech the process becomes, producing a fully functional, long lasting and natural-looking crown remains a blend of aesthetics and science, seasoned with a healthy dose of clinical experience. It's also a team effort involving a skillful dentist, a talented dental laboratory technician and a knowledgeable patient — you.
If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers,” “Gold or Porcelain Crowns,” and “Creating In-Office Dental Restorations With Computers.”