Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth or support any denture. Think of it as an artificial tooth root similar to a screw. Once implants are placed into your jawbone they bond with your natural bone creating a sturdy base for supporting artificial teeth. The success rate of dental implants is over 98%. Studies show implant longevity to be greater than 20 years.
Advantages From Getting an Implant
Already undergone endodontic surgery? An endodontic retreatment may alleviate pain, and help promote healing. If you think your tooth requires retreatment after a root canal, contact your Spanish Fork, UT endodontist and schedule an evaluation.
Like with all medical procedures, results do not always turn out as planned, and slow healing or infection is always possible for many reasons:
- The first procedure failed to treat curved or narrow canals.
- There is a complex canal anatomy that was either undetected or difficult to treat.
- There was a delay in tooth restoration with a dental crown or filling after root canal therapy.
- The restoration failed to protect against tooth contamination.
A new dental condition can also endanger a tooth that had successfully undergone root canal treatment, such as:
- Newly developed decay can expose the filling to bacteria, and lead to a new tooth infection in the same tooth.
- A loose, broken or cracked dental crown or filling can expose the treated tooth to new infection after a root canal.
- A tooth fracture or other dental trauma.
What is the process?
If one or more of your teeth are missing, you may qualify for a dental implant as a way to permanently replace the missing teeth. Schedule and appointment and we’ll give you an oral evaluation. The doctor will then evaluate your jaw and see if you qualify for an implant. We need your jaw bone to be strong. For most patients this requires two surgical procedures.
First, implants are placed into your jaw bone. During the next 3-6 months the implant is slowly bonding with the jaw bone creating a strong bond. Once your implant and jaw bone are bonded the second phase can begin.
Second, the dentist will attach a small healing collar. Attachments can then be added, which will then connect to the replacement teeth. The operation normally takes about 8 months and patients do not experience any daily disturbance.