Dental Implant FAQs
Here at Cassity & Legacy Implants and Periodontics, we know that having to come in for an implant can raise a lot of questions, particularly if you haven't been through anything like this before. This can cause some apprehension, and we are here to reassure you that you are completely safe and in the best hands possible. There is plenty of information out there, but we will help you in any way we can. Here are some frequently asked questions about dental implants. For more information or more specific questions, don't be afraid to call and talk to one of our caring and knowledgeable staff members.
What is a dental implant?A dental implant is a titanium or zirconium appliance that is surgically installed in your jaw bone to support a false tooth appliance, be it a crown, a bridge, or a fixed denture system. An implant is used to act as the root of a tooth after an extraction or when a tooth is missing for any other reason.
What is the process?To get a dental implant, you will be diagnosed in one appointment and then will come back later for the procedure. In some instances, you will need a bone graft if your jawbone is too shallow or thin to support the implant on its own. In that case, you will have options such as a cadaver graft or synthetic graft, or bone taken from a donor site in another area of your body and implanted into your jaw. If you need a bone graft, it will take some time for that to heal. When it does, or if you don't need one at all, you will be ready for surgery. During this surgery, you will be under anesthesia. Then our expert surgeon will make an incision in the gum line and create a hole in your jaw where the implant will then be inserted. The area will then be sealed and you will be able to get on track for healing so that your dental appliance can be attached.
What appliances attach?When you get implants, there are some options to replace your missing tooth. You can get a crown to fill in the space of a single tooth, or if many teeth are missing, you may get a permanent bridge to cover a larger space. If you have a lot more damage or are getting on in years, you may be getting a fixed denture system instead. These utilize 4–6 implants to hold a full set of dentures in place.
Cassity & Legacy Implants and Periodontics puts your needs first, and your comfortability is a high priority. We want you to feel safe and secure as soon as you step into the building, and we will do whatever we need to to get you there. Our team has years of experience to make us the very best in the field. We will take great care of you, and will answer any questions you could come up with. Give us a call today at South Ogden: (385) 626-0977 Kaysville: (385) 439-0101 to set up a consultation or appointment to get you back on your feet ASAP!