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Dental Implants

Dental Implants in Idaho Falls

People who have missing teeth speak commonly and openly about how it hinders their lives. Cosmetically, missing teeth can make people feel insecure about their appearance. Mechanically, missing teeth can negatively impact the way people have to chew, speak and other aspects of their lives. Missing teeth can make it challenging to consume certain foods and potentially negatively impact the entire digestive process. Resolving these issues can have such positive effects in people’s lives! Beautiful smiles can provide such an incredible boost of confidence as well as other meaningful health benefits. 

If you are considering getting a dental implants there is nowhere else you should consider than Sandcreek Dental in Idaho Falls.  Call us at (208) 525-4780 to learn more about dental implants and how they can dramatically change your life for the better.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a surgical component inserted into the jawbone to support dental prosthetics, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures. Composed of biocompatible materials like titanium, it fuses with the bone through a process called osseointegration. This provides a stable foundation, mimicking the function of a natural tooth root. Dental implants enhance oral functionality, aesthetics, and prevent bone loss. The procedure involves careful planning, precise placement, and subsequent attachment of custom-made prosthetics, offering a long-lasting solution for individuals with missing teeth.

Possible Dental Implant Options

One Missing Tooth

Many dentists recommend dental implants to patients who have a missing tooth. Whether the missing tooth is the result of natural aging, a blow to the face or another cause, implants work well as a long-term replacement solution. For single tooth replacement, a dental crown will also be attached to the implant. The dental crown will provide the appearance of a natural tooth.

Multiple Missing Teeth

Implants are also an option for multiple missing teeth, as well. For a section of two or more missing teeth, the dentist may recommend dental implants with a bridge attachment. For full arch replacement, it might be best to attach a full denture to surgically-placed implants in the jaw.

Severely Damaged Teeth

Most dentists will try and save the natural tooth after damage occurs through dental crowns or another type of restoration. However, there are times when damaged or loose teeth are better off being removed and replaced with dental implants. This is the case in situations where an infected tooth threatens the patient’s oral and overall health.

Signs That a Dentist Looks For

During the implant consultation, the dentist will conduct a thorough oral examination and most likely order dental X-rays to determine if the patient is a candidate for dental implants. The dentist will consider the gum health, bone density, and overall health of the patient during the first visit.

Gum Health

Natural teeth and dental implants work similarly, and they are both supported by the gums. If the gums are weak, eroded, or if the patient has periodontal disease, then the implant may not hold the way it should long-term. Implants are still an option with poor gum health, but additional treatment is likely necessary.

Bone Density

Dental implants replace the teeth while also preserving the natural bone. However, the jaw needs the proper amount of bone dentistry to support the dental implant. The jawbone is also essential for a firm hold of the implant, abutment, and artificial tooth. After tooth loss occurs, the bone inside the jaw begins to lose its density. Over time, this can result in the need for a bone grafting procedure to rebuild the strength and density of the jawbone. Once the jawbone is strong enough, we will begin the process.

General Health

The implant process also involves a minor surgical procedure to place the dental implant inside the jawbone. As is the case with any surgery, the patient should be willing and able to go through the process. This procedure is slightly more invasive than other replacement solutions.

The Procedure

A dental implant procedure can take many months because it involves multiple procedures that require healing time in between. Exactly how long and how many procedures will depend on the patient’s unique situation. For example, patients who need bone grafting can expect the process to take longer.

Overall, patients undergo a series of outpatient procedures, typically starting with removal of damaged teeth or any bone grafting needed to prepare the jaw. Then, the dental titanium post is placed and the patient must recover after that procedure. It is important to give the jawbone ample time to heal around the post. The final step is the placement of the replacement tooth or teeth in the form of a crown, bridge or permanent denture.

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About Us

Sandcreek Dental is a Family-Friendly Dentist Providing Personal Care since 1998 committed to providing quality dental care to families located in Idaho Falls, Ammon and the surrounding areas.

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2460 E 25th St.
Idaho Falls, ID 83404

(208) 525-4780

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8am-5pm
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