Dental implants are the current standard of care for missing or damaged teeth. The treatment replaces the original tooth’s root with a small titanium post, which connects to one or several artificial crowns. This approach anchors your tooth in a way that’s durable and natural-looking.
Over the course of Dr. Price’s career, he has restored thousands of missing and damaged teeth for Salt Lake County and Utah County patients. A board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, he is an expert in placing dental implants, returning an aesthetic appearance and full functionality to his patients. Just as importantly, by choosing Utah Facial & Oral Surgery for your care, you can expect an incredibly supportive and comfortable experience.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer you several advantages:
- Tooth conservation. Restorative options like bridges or caps require grinding down healthy teeth. Dental implants fully restore a tooth without affecting the health of their
- Unlike bridges, which have a lifespan of around 10 years, dental implants are meant to last a lifetime for our Salt Lake County and Utah County patients.
- Bone preservation. Your supporting bone structure may shrink away after you lose a tooth. Beyond weakening your jaw, this change can actually affect your appearance, giving you a “puckered” look over time. Dental implants help prevent bone resorption.
- Complete dental restoration. You can have your entire dental arch replaced permanently with as few as four implants. Denture-wearers, in particular, may benefit from an All-on-4® procedure.
All together, treatment with dental implants provides the closest replacement to your own teeth with a natural look, feel, and function.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
In general, you’re a candidate for dental implants if you have missing or damaged teeth and are healthy enough for treatment. Dr. Price and the staff at Utah Facial and Oral Surgery can talk with you about your options and help you compare implants against alternatives.
Usually, the hurdle of having dental implants placed is a lack of bone mass. Dental providers without the necessary skills may decline patients who don’t have this supporting bone. As a specialist with advanced training and technology, Dr. Price can typically rebuild lost bone for Salt Lake County and Utah County patients, even in the most challenging cases.
Does Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
While dental implants have become the standard for tooth restoration, more and more dental insurance companies provide some coverage for dental implant placement. At the time of your consultation, we will help you understand your insurance benefits and provide the best possible estimate of your out of pocket costs.
Your Consultation for Dental Implants
Salt Lake County and Utah County patients can schedule a visit with us by phone or online. During your appointment, you’ll have a chance to meet with Dr. Price, discuss your needs, and get answers to any questions you may have.
Typically, we will also perform imaging with X-ray and cone beam CT scans to create a detailed map of your mouth. Dr. Price will use these images to determine where your implants should go. Extensive planning promotes more durable, attractive results and a more comfortable surgical experience.
You’ll leave the office with an outline for treatment along with clear and simple pricing. In some cases, a dentist may refer a patient to us who has a badly damaged or infected tooth, and we can provide treatment on the same day as the consultation.
What to Expect with Dental Implants
On the day of your procedure:
- You’ll receive anesthesia to keep you comfortable and relaxed during the surgery.
- Price will gently remove your damaged teeth, clean these sites, and place the dental implants.
- Depending on your needs, Dr. Price may also pack bone material around the implants to give them greater stability.
Numbing medication will help you wake up relatively pain-free. The practice will also provide guidance and prescribe medication so you can manage discomfort in the days that follow.
What Is the Recovery from Dental Implants Like?
Typically, patients don’t experience a lot of swelling and go back to work within a couple of days. For a single implant, there’s not a lot of downtime.
After Dr. Price places dental implants, it takes about four months for them to integrate with the surrounding bone. This helps to create a strong and stable foundation for your new teeth.
After four months, Salt Lake County and Utah County patients will return to our practice for a checkup. Then, they’ll visit their general dentist, who will place the crowns, bridges, or prosthesis to complete the treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
What type of anesthesia will I have?
Most patients have IV sedation and receive numbing medication so they can sleep through the experience. Dr. Price can tailor this approach to your needs.
Does getting dental implants hurt?
Since people are usually sedated and desensitized, they shouldn’t experience much pain during the process. Placing dental implants is a precise and targeted procedure, and as a result, many Salt Lake County and Utah County patients tell us they’re less sore than after a tooth extraction.
How do you ensure long-lasting results?
Our practice invests in the best materials and technology for a more durable result. As examples:
- We only use premium-brand dental implants and never less-recognized or unproven components.
- Price plans procedures with software that accurately shows the best locations and angles for the implants.
- We treat surgical sites with platelet rich plasma and fibrin to speed healing.
With our commitment to high-quality outcomes, you should be able to enjoy strong teeth and a natural-looking smile for years to come.