At Canyon Gate Dental in Orem, Lindon, and Vineyard, we work with the best surgeons and lab technicians to restore missing teeth through the use of implants.
What are Implants?
Dental implants are a safe and effective way to replace and restore missing teeth. They can also be used to make dentures more comfortable and stable. Implants are post-shaped fixtures. They are made out of titanium and surgically placed in the lower or upper jawbones. Implants can be used to hold bridges, crowns, and dentures.
If you have a single tooth missing due to extraction, trauma, or the fact that it never grew in, an implant crown is likely the best way to fill the hole. Implant crowns are easy to clean and pose no threat to adjacent teeth. While implant crowns require surgical placement of the implant, then the abutment, and finally the crown, they are long-lasting and blend in easily with your natural teeth.
Implant bridges are similar to implant crowns. They are used when more than one tooth is missing. Typically three or four missing teeth in a row can be restored with two implants and a connection bridge restoration. The first step is surgical placement of the implants followed by the placement of abutments, then the bridge is laid over the abutments. Implant bridges are a nice alternative to removable restorations.
If you have large spaces in your mouth or no teeth at all, an implant-supported denture may be right for you. Implant-supported dentures are considered more comfortable and more stable than traditional dentures. For patients who struggle to eat or speak with their conventional dentures, we may recommend a switch to implant-supported dentures. Typically two to four implants are placed per arch. After the initial implant placement surgery, a locator is attached to the implants and corresponding connectors are affixed to the acrylic of the dentures. Simply clip in your dentures and you’re ready to go. Many of our patients report better chewing ability and a more comfortable fit.