Dental Implants in Provo, UT
Healthy, Long-Term Tooth Replacement
Dental implants are a revolutionary method of tooth replacement and the preferred choice among patients with missing teeth in Provo, UT. A small medical-grade titanium post is surgically inserted directly into the jaw bone and acts as a replacement root or anchor for the replacement tooth. The advantage of a medical-grade titanium post is that it will not corrode, and its properties allow it to integrate or permanently fuse to the surrounding bone. With a custom-made crown, your implant will blend in with your other teeth and function naturally.Contact our office in Provo, UT, to schedule your appointment with Dr. Harris, Dr. Park, Dr. Brown, and Dr. Wood.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Better Oral Health
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that fuse to the jaw bone, preventing the bone from atrophying due to tooth loss.
With your dental implant secured to the bone underneath, you can enjoy your favorite foods without slipping dentures or moving parts.
The crown is specially designed to blend in with your other teeth. Most people are unable to tell which tooth is the implant!
Once it is inserted, the implant becomes a secure addition to your smile and will not need to be replaced, unlike traditional dentures.
Types of Dental Implants
- Single Implants. One implant can replace one tooth as often as needed throughout the mouth.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. One or more implants can be inserted and used to support a bridge, eliminating the need to grind down your existing teeth to fit the bridge.
- Same-Day Dental Implants. When having a tooth pulled out, we can insert an implant post at the same appointment to reduce the number of procedures necessary for tooth restoration.
- All-on-4® Treatment Concept. Four implant posts can be inserted into the top and/or bottom dental arch, then connected to a fixed denture for a completely restored smile.
Typically, a dental implant is made of medical-grade titanium, which is highly biocompatible and long-lasting. Utah Surgical Arts also offers zirconia implants, which are metal-free alternatives. Zirconia implants are ceramic and provide the same healthy, long-term benefits of traditional implants.
Zirconia implants offer a significant decrease in any type of an allergic reaction. Our practice offers both traditional and zirconia implants. By giving our patients more options, we make it possible for more people to achieve a healthy and complete smile. For questions about zirconia implants or to find out if they are right for you, please contact us in Provo, Utah.
Ideal Candidates for Dental Implants
Most patients with a missing tooth or teeth are eligible to receive dental implants.
People who are healthy enough to have a tooth removed are usually healthy enough to endure dental implant placement. However, extra precautions may need to be taken if:
- You are under the age of 18 since the jaw bone is not yet fully developed.
- You have existing medical conditions; your specific concerns and conditions will be discussed during your initial consultation.
- You smoke regularly, as this decreases your chances of successful implant use.
- You suffer from gum disease, bone loss, or problem teeth; your doctor will discuss your personal conditions and options during your initial consultation.
Your doctor will assess your tooth replacement options and customize a plan for your procedure during your consultation using processes such as X-rays and CBCT scans. If you have experienced bone deterioration due to tooth loss, we can place a bone graft to ensure there is enough adequate bone to support the implants. Bone grafting enables more patients to become candidates for implant-based restoration.
Dental Implant Surgery
The surgeons at Utah Surgical Arts use state-of-the-art Cone Beam CT technology to create a 3D image of your facial bone structure to plan your implant placement accurately. We also offer a variety of anesthesia options to ensure your comfort during the procedure.
The placement of dental implants at Utah Surgical Arts may be a one or two-stage process and takes approximately 6 months: one procedure to place the titanium post that replaces your missing tooth’s root, and a second procedure to attach the support post for your artificial crown. For the first 3 to 6 months after the first procedure, the post gradually bonds with the jaw bone beneath the surface of the gums.
During this time, your doctor will be creating your personalized crown. The implant is exposed once again during the second procedure to attach the anchor for the crown. There is very little disruption in the day to day activities of the patient; most can resume their daily routine the day after surgery.
We use the highest quality of dental implant materials and technology to produce remarkable results.
Dental Implant Cost and Value
The final cost of your dental implant procedure will be dependent on many factors, including the number of implants placed, your insurance coverage, your desired anesthetic, and the need for any additional procedures, such as bone grafting. We provide you with a cost estimate when you visit us for your consultation appointment.
Dental implants change lives for the better. They make your long-term oral health maintenance easier by protecting the bone in your jaw just like natural teeth do. When properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime, allowing you to avoid ongoing maintenance costs associated with other, more traditional tooth restorations that must be replaced periodically and do not have the same protective influence on your oral health. Removable dentures do not protect the jaw bone from deteriorating, and many patients find them uncomfortable. Dental implants, however, are secure and protect your oral health for years to come.
Utah Surgical Arts is approved by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). This accreditation is difficult to obtain and allows our office to function as a hospital and/or surgical center. Since extensive surgeries must be performed in a surgical center, there are many instances where the patient may be unable to undergo surgery due to the high cost of the hospital or surgical center. If your surgery can be performed at Utah Surgical Arts, the cost savings may be significant. Many patients who were unable to have the procedure due to the high cost involved were able to have the procedure performed at Utah Surgical Arts.
Types of Anesthesia
Our surgeons at Utah Surgical Arts offer many anesthesia and sedation options for patients to choose from.
Hear From Dental Implant Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing dental implant treatment at our office.
Reviews From Our Dental Implant Patients
Lynette Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"I had my daughter bring me a salad, and I took a bite and bit down on a bacon bit, and it broke my tooth in half right here. I went and saw Dr. Park, and he put me out, removed the rest of the tooth, did a bone graft, and then went in later and put in a titanium rod, and now my smile is all back. He was great to work with — happy, easy to talk to. I was really impressed that he would call and that Dr. Park would check on me and not just tell somebody to do it or it was their responsibility or whatever. He contacted me. I refer people here all the time and will continue to do that."
Ron Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"Hi, my name is Ron. I live in Orem and I came to Utah Surgical Arts to get an extraction and a dental implant. The practice here is welcoming, very inviting. When I walked through the doors here, I felt like I was in the right place. The staff here are very friendly. I felt like they were concerned about my needs, and the doctor was very efficient and took great care of me and made me feel at ease. You could tell he’s an expert in his craft. After having this procedure, I can now chew on the right side of my mouth, and that is an amazing feeling after going so long without not being able to do that. I had a fantastic experience here and I highly recommend Utah Surgical Arts."
Mike Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"My name is Michael Murphy. I live in Provo, Utah. I’ve lived here all my life. I recently came to Dr. Harris to have a dental implant put in my mouth. It’s the first one that I have ever had done. I was very impressed with the staff. They were very knowledgeable, very courteous. The wait time was minimal. It’s a beautiful office and a beautiful setting, and I can see they have the latest technology, and they’re updated. What I like about Dr. Harris is he is very outgoing, very friendly. The procedure was very pain free, very minimal, and it was very short. I was very pleased with the outcome. I would certainly come back and enjoy Dr. Harris’ office and his staff again anytime."
Lexi Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"Hi, I’m Lexi, and I’m from Springville, and I came to Utah Surgical Arts to get a bone graft and two dental implants. The atmosphere here is very friendly and overall very happy. Dr. Park was amazing. He accommodated everything to my needs and he always made sure I was comfortable and had the information that I needed, which made me feel very at ease during the procedures. The staff here are very friendly. They like to get to know you. I’ve always had a great experience with them. The procedure was very successful and I’m so happy with the results. The doctor had me in and out, and I was back on my feet in no time. If you live in Provo or Orem, I highly recommend coming to Utah Surgical Arts. They’ll take great care of you here."
Hillary Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"I am Hillary, and I am from Orem, Utah. I had a root canal gone wrong, and Dr. Harris is a family friend — he got me in and got me hooked up and fixed me up. My procedure was really easy; he just took out my tooth, put in a bone graft and let it heal up for a couple months, and then he put in a dental implant. So easy, it took, like, literally five minutes; it was so simple. I was actually really scared, but he was super great, and it went really fast. The staff is so great; they’re so nice and so comforting to you, and they just kind of adapt to your needs, and they’re just super friendly, always. My recovery was great; it was really simple, really fast. It wasn’t painful at all; just took a couple Advil, and it was great, and I was up going that same day. If any of my friends in Orem, Provo, or Payson needed a dental implant, I would definitely recommend Dr. Harris."
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you put to sleep for dental implants?
Most dental implant surgeries are performed with IV sedation, which allows the patient to rest in a sleep-like state during surgery. Less complex surgeries may only require local anesthesia to numb the surgical area.
Is there a cheaper alternative to dental implants?
Removable dentures are cheaper upfront, but the cost to maintain properly fitted dentures and replace them every few years adds up. Dentures do not prevent jaw bone deterioration, which can lead to severe and costly bone repair in the future.
How long is recovery after dental implant surgery?
Many patients return to their routines a day or two following surgery. It takes 1–2 weeks for the surgical site to heal, and several months for the post to fuse to the jaw bone.
Can dental implants be done in a day?
Immediate implants are placed the same day as a tooth extraction, provided there is enough jaw bone to support the implant. If not, we can place a bone graft and may require you to return on a different day for implant placement.
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