Dental Implant Surgery

Dental Implant Surgery in Salt Lake City

Dental implants are titanium dental posts that are surgically placed into the jaws to replace previous missing or lost teeth.  Typical uses for dental implants in the jaws are the following:

  1. Replacement of one or more missing or lost teeth
  2. Placement of dental implants to avoid cutting down adjacent and healthy teeth, with conventional dental bridgework.
  3. Stabilization of complete maxillary or mandibular complete dentures.
  4. Stabilization of maxillary or mandibular partial dentures.
  5. Replacement of multiple missing teeth with dental fixed bridgework.  This avoids going to partial or complete dentures, which are taken in and out of the mouth.

There needs to be adequate bone present in the jaws before dental implants are placed. Should the bone not be adequate, then bone grafting with synthetic bone may be necessary, before dental implant placement.

Normally dental implant surgery is a two-step process. The first surgery involves surgical placement of the dental implant into the jaw. The implant is left in place for typically three months time for the implant to become fused or osseous integrated into the jaws.

Next the second stage surgery is performed with exposure of the dental implant head and placement of a gingival healing cuff. After this, restoration of the dental implant with the restorative dentist can begin.

Occasionally, the first and second stage surgery can be performed on the same day with the patient “getting their teeth in one day.” This depends on the quality of the bone and size of the dental implant that can be placed. Immediate loading of the dental implant lowers the overall long-term percentage success for the implant procedure, from 96% to 80-85%.

Dental Implant surgery can best be performed from an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. I have been involved with dental implant surgery and bone grafting over the last thirty years’ time. The best overall results for the patients, are obtained with a coordinated treatment plan between the patient, oral surgeon and restorative dentist.

Dental Implant Surgery in Salt Lake City

Modern dental implant technology has paved the way for advancements in the oral & maxillofacial industry. To illustrate, did you know dental implant surgery has an overall success rate of approximately 95%?

More and more patients are receiving dental implants because it is one of, if not the best, long-term solutions to missing or damaged teeth. In fact, one advantage to implants is that they won’t ever get cavities.

Restore your appearance & smile with dental implants. Salt Lake City has been trusting us with expert dental implant treatment since 1981. Crayton R. Walker, DDS, MD is the region’s premier provider of effective, safe, and professional dental services.

More about Implants

Dental implants are titanium dental posts that are surgically placed into the jaws to replace previous missing or lost teeth. Other than replacing missing teeth, implants are also typically used to avoid having to extract adjacent and healthy teeth.

We practice a two-step surgery that begins with the surgical placement of the dental implant into the jaw and a second stage surgery and placement of a gingival healing cuff. After this, restoration of the dental implant with the restorative dentist can begin.

Dental implants offer a number of benefits, such as:

  • Less susceptibility to gum diseases
  • Lesser risks of pain and infection
  • More durability – once the bone has healed around the implant, they are very solid
  • Implants feel more natural than other alternatives
  • Implants have minimal risks

The surgery should only be performed by a board-certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon. Dental implants is an area of expertise for Crayton R. Walker, DDS, MD. We provide professional, hygienic, and cost-efficient dental implant surgery in Salt Lake City.

Dr. Walker began practicing in 1981 in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery in Salt Lake City. From dental implants to TMJ disorder treatments, our clinic helps patients overcome their problems and issues in a friendly environment. For more information, go to myoms-dentalimplantsurgery.

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