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, Dr. Wood, Dr. Holladay, or Dr. Shiffler.
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.
Denture Replacement With Dental Implants
Our oral surgeons can replace your existing dentures with dental implants through a procedure called All-on-4® treatment concept. By using dental implants to support a fixed denture, you can enjoy a stable and fully functioning arch of teeth that looks and feels natural. Dental implants also prevent jaw bone deterioration and preserve facial structure, which dentures do not.
Dentures must be professionally fitted and replaced every few years, which can make the cost add up. Dental implants, however, are an investment in your smile and have the potential to last a lifetime. We can replace both full or partial dentures with implants for a healthy, functioning smile you can feel proud of. Contact our office to learn more about denture replacement in Provo, UT.
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
Kameron Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"My name is Kameron. I live in South Jordan, Utah, and I came to Utah Surgical Arts to get an extraction, a bone graft, and an implant. When I first walked into the practice, everyone was super nice to me. The doctor was beyond friendly. He was very patient with me. He took great care of me, and most importantly, I felt really comfortable around him, which is exactly what I needed. I received texts and videos. I had a lot more confidence. Things went a lot better because I knew what to expect. My procedure went really well. Recovery was awesome. Having a healthy smile will mean so much to me. It gives me a lot more confidence. I would most certainly recommend Utah Surgical Arts. My experience here was perfect and everyone was so nice and so incredible. It was simply the best."
Karlie Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"I had a root canal done six years ago, and then I started having pain in my tooth. I looked at some reviews and came in to see Dr. Harris, and he extracted my tooth, also did a bone graft. They allow it to heal for three to four months, so I actually had a gap in between for that three months. I came back and got the implant placed three months later. I think I was just really impressed because of how quick it was. It was so professional. Everything was set in stone before I even got here. The girls here texted me and made sure that I'm okay. Dr. Harris is asking, "Hey, how's she feeling? How is everything going?" Sent me flowers, just really personable. I just felt really well taken care of and really like I mattered in the situation. Even though it was only a 15-minute procedure for him to do everything, he made it fun."
Stephanie Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"Hi, my name is Stephanie. I’m from Spanish Fork. I just recently had two implants done from Dr. Harris. I had the best experience going under. It was easy; I didn’t wake up groggy. My son, who is 17, just recently had his wisdom teeth pulled out, and what a great experience that was for him! I tell all of my friends in Spanish Fork, Highland, Alpine, Salt Lake City to come to Utah Surgical Arts. It really is the best experience. "
Colleen Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"Well, I had gone to see my dentist and had some problems with my teeth, and they needed to be extracted. Dr. Park was wonderful to go through and explain everything, and that really helped me decide that those were the things that I needed to have done. It really helped to ease my nerves when I knew that Dr. Park was a medical doctor as well as a dentist. I think the extraction went well. I have my crowns in, and it has been wonderful to be able to eat again and to have it feel normal. I have recommended my family and friends to Dr. Park because he has been fabulous."
Robert Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"My back right molar was in a great deal of pain for a while. I had had two root canals done on it, and then I had the tooth pulled out and the roots cut off — still pain. My sister-in-law works here, and so she'd recommended that we come and have the tooth extracted and get an implant, and that would fix the problem, and it did. Dr. Harris, first when I visited, he came in, gave me an interview, explained the whole process. That was comforting, just to know that he was pulling out the tooth and then putting in the metal rod. Professional, they know what they're doing. They're awesome. They took care of me."
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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