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.
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
Natalie Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"I’m Natalie, and I live in Lehi, Utah, and I’ve had bone grafting and an implant. The staff here is so friendly. From the minute you walk in the door, you’ve been greeted and been explained what will happen. I saw Dr. Brown, and I absolutely love him. He is calm, and he always explains everything that’s going on, and then he’s just easy to work with, easy to talk to. He makes you feel completely comfortable. Overall, my experience has been amazing. My journey was awesome, and I couldn’t ask for a better doctor and staff to work with. For my friends in Lehi, Northern Utah County, Sandy, the south end of the valley, I would highly recommend Utah Surgical Arts."
Jodi Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"Hi, my name is Jodi, and I’m from Lehi, and I came to Utah Surgical Arts for an extraction, a bone graft, and an implant. When I first walked through the doors at Utah Surgical Arts—first of all, the building is absolutely stunning. It is beautiful, and the people at the front desk were kind and courteous. The doctor here knew exactly what I needed. He spent plenty of time explaining the procedure. He answered all of my questions. The procedure was as I expected. The recovery has been smooth. The office has checked on me several times. They even sent flowers. Overall, I had a fantastic experience, and I would highly recommend Utah Surgical Arts to anyone I know."
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."
Wade Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"Hi, I’m Wade and I’m from Lehi. I came to Utah Surgical Arts to get extractions, bone grafts, and implants. The atmosphere here is very warm. It’s inviting and very professional. The doctor made me feel at ease. I really felt like I was in good hands here. [The] staff here are enjoyable to be around. They love their work. [They] took care of everything I needed. All of the procedures that I have, have all been successful and my recovery’s been great. The doctors followed up, checked on me, made sure everything was going well. I really appreciated them reaching out. I’d come back in a heartbeat. Out of five stars, I would give Utah Surgical Arts six."
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."
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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