DenturesThere is a lot of attention and promotion of dental implants in Salt Lake City. Recently an oral surgeon and prosthodontist have been advertising heavily in the newspaper and on television that they are offering these services here in Salt Lake. I think it’s great. Many patients are unaware that they do not need to suffer with missing teeth or dentures. I’d like to discuss the process dental implants and what you can expect.

Dental implants allow us to permanently replace missing teeth, by anchoring the teeth, crowns, or dentures to the jawbone just like a natural tooth is anchored to the jawbone by a root. Dental implants have been around for a long time and are predictable. Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth, a few teeth, or many teeth. I’d like to discuss the use of dental implants to replace all of a person’s teeth and specifically this idea of teeth in an hour or in a day.

A few years ago, using dental implants to replace teeth required many months of waiting for healing before being able to have permanent teeth. Changes in dental implant design and understanding has now allowed us to shorten the time from placement of implants to attachment of teeth to a few hours. It’s pretty awesome.

I think its important to understand that there are some initial appointments to plan and prepare for the day of the implant placement. Also the teeth placed on day of the implant placement are generally designed to serve as a temporary while waiting for complete healing. Although many patients enjoy their temporary so much, they decide they do not need to proceed with a different restoration.

This kind of dentistry can be expensive. You should expect that it will cost about the same as a new car. Most offices (ours included) can set up payments. But when spending this much money its important to make sure that there is a clear plan in place to avoid any surprises. This kind of dentistry is life-changing. Patients can eat normally, and smile confidently. It can make a huge difference.

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This article was written by Jonathan Campbell, DDS. He is a dentist in Salt Lake City. At his office, Legacy Dental, he offers dental implants to replace one tooth or many teeth.