When a patient has one or more missing teeth, Dr. R. Erik Cantwell may recommend dental implants in West Jordan, Utah. A dental implant consists of a titanium implant post and a restoration. The implant post is surgically placed in the jaw, where it acts as replacement tooth roots. The restoration, which can be a dental crown, a dental bridge, or dentures, is connected to the top of the implant post.
When placing a dental implant, our dentist will first place the implant post into the bone socket of your missing tooth. During the healing process, your jawbone will grow around the implant post, anchoring it in your jaw. This makes the implant post a permanent part of your smile. The healing process takes 6 to 12 weeks. An abutment, a small connector post, is attached to the implant post. Our dentist will make impressions of your teeth so that your restoration can be constructed. Your restoration can be made to match the shade of your natural teeth. When the restoration is complete, it will be attached to the abutment.
We encourage you to contact Copper Ridge Dental today to learn if dental implants are right for you and to schedule your next appointment with our dentist.