Tooth loss can be caused by extensive decay, trauma/accident or congenital defects. Advanced gum disease or periodontitis, however, is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults in America. Dr. David Gordon of Gordon Family Dental is experienced with offering treatment options such as dental implants in Lehi, Utah, to patients of all ages.
More about Dental Implants
These synthetic structures are placed in the area of the tooth occupied by the root before. They are secured to the jawbone or framework on the bone and act as a foundation for a tooth or a bridge. In some cases, they can even be used to attach dentures. Not everyone in Lehi, Utah, is a great candidate for dental implants, however. For dental implants to be successful, a patient must have a strong immune system and the right bone density. For them to remain healthy, strict oral hygiene must occur.
Dental implants in Lehi, Utah, are designed by Dr. Gordon to look and feel like natural teeth. They are made of either metal or ceramic, both durable options. Surgery is necessary in order to prepare the area for the implant and to plant it into the mouth. A period of time is needed after this procedure for the implant to take hold in the mouth successfully. After the healing process, a post is put on the implant and a porcelain crown is placed in order to finish this dental restoration. Also, because this is a surgical procedure, anesthesia is administered.
Dental implants can last a lifetime. They do not move or decay. The only threat to them is peri-implantitis, which is an infection similar to advanced gum disease. It comes from poor health or dental hygiene or smoking or chewing tobacco. However, with a good at-home oral hygiene routine as well as preventative dental visits at Gordon Family Dental, this can be avoided.
If you’re looking to repair your smile today and want to learn about dental implants in Lehi, Utah, contact Dr. Gordon at 801-766-6344 to schedule this important appointment.