Your dentist offers a variety of treatments to help restore and improve your smile. All of these have a history of success and happy patients, and depending on your situation your doctor may advise for them. But for a more permanent solution to problems with your teeth, little comes close to what dental implants can achieve. For more information reach out to your Lehi, UT, dentists, Dr. David Gordon, and Dr. Nate Criddle of Gordon Family Dental.
Bridges can help to fill a gap in your smile. In their most common application, the process involves reshaping the teeth next to the gap so that they might accept a crown. The bridge is then made with a series of crowns, the ones which will act as support will be attached to your reshaped teeth, and the crown between these will fill the gap.
It's very important to not leave these gaps empty, as it will affect your bite and cause the surrounding teeth to shift and possibly crowd. Traditional bridgework does an excellent job of this. But dental implants can fill the gaps without the need to impact neighboring teeth.
With dental implants, a titanium post is implanted directly onto the bone of your jaw where it will permanently bond through a process called osseointegration. Onto this post is attached your new crown.
Dental Implants in Lehi, UT
Dental implants take a similar approach for replacing full sets of teeth. The implanted posts support the entire denture allowing for a very secure fit. The extra upside is that for dentures, whether full or partial, you don't require as many implants as the teeth you are replacing.
Because dental implants are a longer-lasting solution than traditional dental work they require a larger investment of time. The procedure is a surgical one so it takes longer to heal, months for the bone to fully integrate the implant. But the result is often teeth that look and feel, and act, just like natural ones. To find out if you're a candidate make your appointment today with Dr. Gordon and Dr. Criddle of Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT, by dialing (801) 766-6344.