Dental Implants in Idaho Falls
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What are Dental Implants?Dental implants set the standard for care in replacing missing teeth. Unlike dentures, which can slip when eating or talking, implants act as a much more permanent and fixed solution. Dental implants are a surgical fixture that is placed onto the jawbone where it acts as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. The implant holds the replacement tooth or bridge in place and eventually fuses to the jawbone. A dental implant is the closest mimicry of real teeth, as it stands on its own without affecting the adjacent teeth and possesses great stability.
When Implants are NeededImplants can be used to replace one or several teeth, or even all of a patient’s teeth. Implants are often used to restore function, for aesthetic reasons, or both. Various factors can impact whether implants are the best option. The preference of the patient, the health of the patient, the cost, the location of the missing teeth or tooth, and the quality and amount of jawbone available where the implant would be placed can all impact if an implant is the right call. The other two most common solutions for missing teeth are a removable dental appliance (full or partial dentures) and a fixed dental bridge. Dental implants tend to be the highest quality solution as it doesn’t affect the adjacent teeth, tend to look like the original teeth, and also has a much lower chance to develop any chewing problems that sometimes occurs with dentures or bridges.
Procedure for ImplantsWhen considering implants, the doctor will begin by observing the implant site and examine dental imaging studies such as x-ray or CT scan. Once the implant is confirmed, the patient will come in for the surgery. The patient is usually given local anesthetic at the area of implant. Next, the dental implant, a titanium post, gets placed into the bone. From there, the gum gets sutured and the healing process (lasting 2-6 months) begins. During that time, the fusion of bone and metal, also known as osseointegration, occurs. This is a slightly vulnerable phase, and some attention and care should be taken that the implant doesn’t receive any stress or force while it heals. After the healing period, the implant gets tested to see if the osseointegration was successful. If it was, a prosthetic tooth gets connected to the implant via a screw. This component, also called an “abutment”, will hold the replacement tooth. Additional steps may be required depending on the placement of the tooth, or if there is not enough bone in the areas needed.
Why Choose the Idaho Center for Implant DentistryLed by Dr. Tom Anderson, the Idaho Center has been servicing dental patients in Eastern Idaho since 1989. With years of experience, we provide a comfortable environment and are known for our great service and doing everything we can to give you the best care when it comes to all your smile and oral health needs. We have the experience and are passionate about the care we provide. We are proud to serve the people of Idaho and pride ourselves in the number of word-of-mouth recommendations we receive.
Dental Implants in Idaho Falls with Dr. AndersonGet your dental implants done with Dr. Anderson. With over 25 years of experience in the field, Dr. Anderson has the experience and expertise you want for such a surgical procedure and is one of the best here in Idaho Falls. His passion for his work is evident in the way he interacts with each patient, and his friendly, compassionate nature will help you in your evaluation of whether dental implants are the best solution for your dental health.
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